Wishing & Hoping

I do this every year. I create spreadsheets and lists of what I want to knit between now and February. I’ve also been attempting to whittle down my stash and buy new yarn with my plan in mind. I try my best to stock up while things are on sale so that I get the most for my money. I would love it if every sweater in my closet was a hand knit, I want an awesome hand knit closet. Plus, I average about 2 1/2 weeks to complete a sweater, so I can feasibly make this wish list happen but I also know between work, teaching and making gifts for those close to me I might get through 3 or 4 of these sweaters this season. Now remember, this is just a list of what I want to knit for myself…this does not include what I want to make for others.
Katrine sweater for Safia
1. The Katrine Cardigan. Last year I knit this for my cousin and it was a quick and satisfying bulky knit. My office is always freezing, so I like a nice warm cardigan to layer with in the winter. I grabbed some Bernat Wool-Up Bulky yarn in Lemongrass when they had their friends and family sale and plan to use it for this project.
Lila Winter
2. Lila Winter. This is another sweater from the Madder Anthology 2 and I have some deep teal Berroco Vintage Chunky that I think would be lovely with this pattern. It also has short row shaping at the hips and I love me some short row shaping!
Yellow Brick Road
3. Yellow Brick Road Cardigan. At the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival I picked up 2 huge skeins of Miss Babs Yowza in the Celebration colorway and I think this cardigan would be perfect with it. I have a skein of gorgeous cobalt blue Neighborhood Fiber Company that I intend to use for the button band, collar and ribbing around the cuffs. I also love that it has a pleated sleeve, a technique I got to use on the Tutu top a few months ago.
Toulouse Pullover
4. Toulouse Pullover. Maybe it’s because I love Toulouse Street in New Orleans or maybe it’s because I love a good tie around the neck but I’ve wanted to make this sweater since I saw it the 2012 Knitscene. I have some very yummy Madelinetosh Vintage that I plan to make this with in a gorgeous pink colorway. This might be one of the first things I make for fall.
Trail Jacket
5. Trail Jacket. I get slightly overheated with knit sweaters so I like anything with an elbow length sleeve and this jacket would be perfect for my work wardrobe. I want to knit it with a Kelly Green Plymouth Yarn Encore Chunky I’ve had in my stash for a bit. Green is my favorite color so I need a pretty green cardigan in my wardrobe.

And for my final choice, I’m a bit torn. I have enough Cascade 220 Superwash to complete one of these two sweaters. I purposefully bought it in a camel color so it could be a neutral I could wear all the time (because I’m notorious for making something in a neon bright and can’t wear it all the time). So which one of these should I make with it?
Beacon Hill
Option one is Beacon Hill by Jane Richmond. I love her patterns and this would be a visually interesting shawl collared cardigan with texture.
Barn Sweater
Option two is the Barn Sweater, another from the Madder Anthology 2. I can do three quarter or full length sleeves and it has pockets on the front as well. I keep going back and forth between the two and I just don’t know what I really want to make!

So what would you choose? Please help me decide or suggest another pattern to make me even more confused! Poll below.

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FO: My Last Togue Pond of the Summer (promise)

Oops, I did it again. I made a THIRD Togue Pond Tank!!!
Togue Pond #3
I told you before, I was first introduced to this pattern via Fringe Association a year ago, put it in my queue and thought to myself I am just learning sweater construction so I will wait until I’m more confident to try this one. Then after loving the feel of Berroco Modern Cotton I wanted to make myself more summer knits, so I knit my first Togue Pond Tank at the end of June. I loved it and thought the construction was pretty straight forward but I wanted it to be about 2 inches longer in the front (this was my first bottom up knit). Then my BFF Jess kept dropping hints that she wanted one, so I whipped one up for her next. So I still had enough yarn leftover and wanted to make myself another Togue Pond Tank that was long enough in the front that I didn’t need a tank top to wear underneath. And here she is, in all her glory!
Togue Pond #3
I took these in a quick rush as I was heading to work, so excuse me for not smoothing out the back. I decided to do 3 colors for this one (I’m so wild). I love knits that are edged in black, it makes the colors really pop so I got a skein of Modern Cotton in black to compliment the light grey and dark teal/green I had leftover in my stash. I cannot stress to you enough how much I absolutely love Berroco Modern Cotton. It feels great and the drape on my knits with this is perfect. I am so happy my local yarn store, Fibre Space, started carrying it this spring. I also decided to try using the Double Knot Method for joining a second ball of yarn. I hate sewing in ends and I am not the best at cleanly sewing in yarn. It held up and the joins were also pretty seamless. This is what I love about knitting, with each project I learn something new.
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I promise, this is my last Togue Pond Tank this year but I can’t promise you I won’t make more next summer. I’m so glad I added this pattern to my stash! Up next, finishing off the Estelle Cardigan for my aunt and working with another cotton yarn to create a transitional sweater for fall. What’s on your needles right now?

Weekend Happiness

Did you have a good weekend? Although mine was pretty low key and spent with family, it was great. I did pick up a couple of things that made it a happy weekend.
Togue Pond #3
I have always been a shutterbug. I always remember my Dad with a camera and letting me press the shutter when we took family photos (after I pouted for a bit). And when I was in middle school my parents gave me my first camera, a Polaroid! My mother kept me stocked with film too and she always upgraded my cameras over the years. She picked out the first  Canon Elph Mini film camera (always had it in my pocket) and for Christmas one year they bought me my first digital camera! As I’ve gotten older and upgraded my cameras I’ve always still wished I had a little Polaroid instant camera again, so this week in Target I gave in and picked up the Fuji Instax Mini 8 and a couple packs of film. Of course my dog has been my main model but this morning I snapped a teaser pic of my latest Togue Pond Tank that I finished over the weekend and will blog about on Wednesday. I know I didn’t need this camera, this was simply a I want this for nostalgia purchase and I’m happy I picked it up. They have some other fun versions (a retro camera and even a Hello Kitty version) but I went with a basic version in white because I just love the instant camera experience and I know this won’t ever be my main camera.
Sweet Georgia rainbow
I also bought a rainbow this weekend! Fibre Space in Alexandria, VA is my FAVORITE local yarn store and this weekend was their anniversary sale. I saved a $50 rebate gift card to buy yarn from their store for my birthday but decided to go for their sale when I could get a discount too. I picked the 20% off needle and decided now was the time to get the yarn to make myself a rainbow raglan sweater. I bought a ROYGBIV (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet) color palette in SweetGeorgia superwash worsted weight. I’ve never used this yarn before and with the price it was a splurge (hence the need for the discount and gift card) but it’s super soft and squishy and the colors were just wonderfully vibrant. I plan to use the Ladies Classic Raglan pattern by Jane Richmond (have I mentioned how much I love Jane Richmond patterns and her blog too) to make a rainbow bright sweater. I figured if my color palette is bold, the sweater should be simple. I’m slightly worried about making sure I get the stripes done properly but I know I’ll still love this sweater anyway.
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And on top of my two good purchases, I had a lovely time winding yarn with my BFF, Cher. She takes her ball winding supervising quite seriously. So what made your weekend great? Share!