Any Saturday morning that starts with coffee and knitting is a very good Saturday morning!

—that’s the Lapis Yoke design from the Fall 2010 Knitscene magazine, designed by one of my favorite designers, Hannah Fettig. This is the third sweater I’ve made using one of her designs (the previous ones being the Lightweight Pullover and the Featherweight Cardigan) and I just love how simple and flattering her designs are. Plus, I LOVE working in the round – less seaming and easier to try on the project as you go. I’m making the smallest size but with modifications to make it smaller in the bust. I try and intersperse creating my own knitting designs with knitting projects from other designers – it’s a great opportunity to just knit for fun.

—the yarn? It’s Madelinetosh Vintage in the “Baltic” colorway. It’s one of my all-time favorite colors from Madelinetosh and this is my first chance to work with the Vintage yarn. What an awesome yarn – really tight twist, smooth, and has fantastic elasticity and stitch definition. I’ll definitely be using this yarn again.

—the knitting bag? I’ve got to thank Anne Hanson of Knitspot for that one. I saw the bag on her blog and loved the fabric so much (I’m a Francophile!) that I ordered the bag from Three Bags Full on the spot. Her bags are very high quality and her customer service is great too – I’d highly recommend her.

—come to think of it, that coffee mug has a story behind it, too. I worked at the Laboratory of Laser Energetics as a summer intern in 1997. My advisor gave me the mug at the end of the internship – I still remember the afternoons trying to learn calculus and sitting in front of the computer screen, coding away in an old FORTRAN language. I will never give that mug up – it’s got too many memories attached to it!

Even better, I’ve got a “Farmer’s Casserole” in the oven (the recipe is from Taste of Home – mmmmmm) and my radio is tuned to my favorite classical music station, WQXR. Happy Saturday, all!

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