In about six weeks we'll be back on the boat on Lake Champlain enjoying the wind and the water and the mountains... and our wonderful friends at Treadwell Bay Marina. For those cool evenings I wanted a nautical striped sweater. My daughter Kristin surprised my with a gift certificate to my favorite LYS, WIld Fibers so I had a great start. I found some Rowan Denim cotton yarn that would be perfect. I chose the medium denim colored because I was afraid the darker navy would bleed into the natural cream colored stripes. I found the natural cotton yarn online at WEBS called Araucania Ulmo. Beautiful yarn with a crazy name!
Louisa Harding's book Modern Classics had a great pattern for my boating sweater. Wanting to put my mark on it... I decided to change the stripe pattern and the neckline and add several stitches to the width and rows to the length. The challenge was making the sleeve stripes match. Love it and I'm sure I'll be wearing it alot on those cool upstate New York nights.
This weekend we enjoyed Blessing of the Fleet in Darien, GA. Each year in April at the start of the shrimping season, Darien holds this festival. We've decided to make it a yearly trek and consider our sailboat in NY blessed, too.