June 02, 2018

I am nothing if not loyal to a pattern and a yarn. This is my third Seacoast and at my tenth-plus time using Rowan Handknit Cotton. I love both, and together they make the perfect summer sweater. The pattern by Joji Locatelli is perfect in every way and I could see myself making a dozen! I made my first Seacoast with white Handknit Cotton, my second with Rowan Hemp Tweed in black (I haven't Raveled that one yet and I knit it over a year ago; must get on to that) and this one in a quiet Ballet Pink. I love the yoke; besides having hidden increases in the ribbing there are short rows at the back neck so it rests a little higher up than the front.

We just celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary! We could not believe it and we both kept on saying, "Forty-five years? Has it really been that long?" I am married to the sweetest and most kind-hearted man I know. Plus he's funny. I think I got very lucky or was very smart 45 years ago. Maybe both! Sometimes he reads my blog, so if you are: Happy anniversary honey! I love you!

Note: Because of new GDPR policies, I have added a privacy policy page to my blog. Basically it says that I don't/won't share your email or any personal information with anyone. But even if I wanted to, I wouldn't have a clue as to how to do it! 

The artichoke in the vase is from our garden. The plant only seems to get smallish artichokes like this one so I usually cut them and use them as cut flowers. They last a good long time in water.  In late summer the artichoke will bloom into a purple thistle and they look so pretty in a vase too.


How to cook and eat an artichoke.
Rowan Handknit Cotton is my favorite cotton yarn ever.
Joji Locatelli's Seacoast pattern is simply beautiful.
My Ravelry project page with my modest and simple modifications for fit.
The inexpensive gingham tablecloth comes in a half dozen colors and sizes.

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  1. 45 years! Wow! You don’t look old enough for sure. Congratulations and many happy returns of the day.

  2. I agree with Annie! You look very young to be married 45 years! Happy anniversary to you and your husband. Your grandson sounds adorable. It's wonderful that you are able to see him twice a week and I can understand why he is such a joy in your life. I have 6 grands in 3 different states and seems like we are always on the road! It's worth it!

    1. Thank you to you and Annie! I have friends who have 9 grandchildren in 3 different states and Australia! They seem to spend a lot of time on airplanes and I think they are very lucky!

  3. Happy anniversary! You certainly don’t look old enough to be married that long.

  4. Hi Kristen,

    Everything is beautiful, as always. Question, can this Rowan cotton be used in place of the all seasons cotton for the striped quilt pattern? Would it be good for wash clothes?

    1. Hi Diane. Handknit Cotton is machine washable on a gentle cycle and while I do put it in the dryer on low for about 15 minutes, I finish drying flat in shade. The ball band does not recommend dryer, but I have not had a problem and haven't noticed shrinkage.

      As for the yarn sub. question, they have two different gauges. The All Season's is an aran weight and Handknit is a worsted weight. You can sub for something like a blanket, but your blanket will be smaller, or you would have to cast on more stitches. Hope that helps.

  5. Happy Aniversary, Kristen! Looks like a happy life has kept you looking very young! Love your grandson posts and the color pink of your sweater. I am so used to seeing white on you I thought something had happened to my monitor. LOL. Chloe

    1. LOL! Well, thank you! Some Rowan cotton/linen just arrived from Jimmy Beans and I plan to knit it this summer or next--who can resist white linen/cotton on sale, right? But today I hope to finish a bright blue (Kaffe Fassett color, so you know how bright it is!) pullover today so that color will be a real departure to anything I've got in my closet. Very brave!

  6. Congratulations on 45 years how wonderful.
    I love the sweater that is my very favorite neck ever. You are just an amazing knitter.
    Thanks for all your inspiration.

    1. Thank you. I love this neckline and actually modified it so I could make sure to get a wide neck. I cast on for the smallest size, then when I got to the sleeve separation, I started following the XS size. It's an easy sweater to knit too, and looking through Rav, it looks great on everyone.

  7. Hi Kristen I hope you are on an anniversary world cruise or some such as a reason for your absence. And not something less pleasurable. You are missed. (I don't use Facebook outside of viewing pictures of my grandnieces so I may have missed something.) Chloe.


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