FO: The Rye Tie for My Guy

When I first learned to knit I thought about all the smaller things I could make that my husband might like. Hats, scarves, a knit tie. He definitely said no to a knit tie…fast forward four years and now he’s all about the knit tie because they’re coming back into fashion again (for those who aren’t just preppy). Fortunately for him, I’m always looking at patterns, thinking of ideas and then I found the Rye Tie pattern for free on Ravelry around Father’s Day.
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I had some leftover Cascade Venezia Worsted yarn (which I love and can never find), a silk wool blend and decided to use that to make up this lavender and purple tie. It whipped up in about 24 hours, super quick and simple and since it was worsted weight it wasn’t on tiny needles.
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I’ll admit, this color palette isn’t his first choice but I at least wanted to make the tie first with something leftover in my stash. My cousin has also been asking for a knit tie so he might be getting one next…and then my BFF Steven.
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And this is my husband reluctantly posing for me when I picked him up yesterday and I realized he was wearing the tie for the first time. The first thing he told me when he got into the car was that his coworkers all complimented it and then immediately asked him who made it for him. I feel I maybe getting more requests for this one and I’ve already gotten another request from the husband.
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He saw this picture on Instagram and I ordered the hot pink navy blue yarn (I already have some of the cobalt leftover from another project) and I’m trying my best way to figure out how to recreate this. I was even in Banana Republic examining the knit ties for technique and I think I’m going to have to knit it in the round so the color change threads aren’t visible. Once I figure it out I’m sure I’ll post it here.

Have a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend, friends!

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FO: A Togue Pond Tank for Jess

Togue Pond for Jess
The best messages come with lots of exclamation points! I mentioned that Monday was delivery day for the baby cardigan and blanket and my BFF Jess was getting her Togue Pond tank that she oh-so-subtly hinted that she wanted me to make her. The expecting parents sent me an email with lots of ALL CAPS and plenty of exclamation points!!! on Monday evening. Jess on the other hand did not – her package got delayed {insert sad face}!! Luckily when she was headed out to work the next morning the package was waiting for her! Since she was in a rush, she had to wait to open it when she got home and as soon as she did she sent me this pic.
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The caption was “PERFECT!” She also told me she would be wearing it to work today. HA! I have a small circle of very close friends who I consider family and they get knits from me (I don’t really knit for just anyone – only folks I know will truly appreciate it) but I am always nervous when I give a knit gift. Will it fit? What if they don’t like it? What if they wear it and suddenly all the yarn unravels and they’re naked?! I know, weird but I’m a bit of a worrier. So when I get excited calls, texts and emails after a package has been received I’m relieved. When I get immediate pictures of them in their garment or of their baby wrapped in a blanket I’m extra happy. That’s the best part of giving a gift, spreading joy to someone you care about.
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Since this was my second time knitting this one I think I did a better job (although I am horrible about picking up wraps on wrap and turns…getting better though as I do a third tank!). I also love the color combo of the goldenrod yellow and teal, plus it’s a color combo I thought Jess would appreciate. She’s an interior designer and artist and all around creative, I can always try fun stuff with her. I also added an additional inch to the body so that it wouldn’t be cropped on her and it fits her perfectly, so I plan to do the same with my second tank for myself. I’m hoping to finish mine by the end of the weekend and then get back to working on my aunt’s sweater. I also recognize that I’m a speedy knitter and yet I’m still impatient and want to get everything finished all at once. Must practice knitting patience!

So have I convinced you to make the Togue Pond tank for yourself yet?

Decisions & Deliveries

I had a knitting slow down in April and May and then revved back up and have been knitting non-stop for the last 2 months. I’ve also been planning and plotting my knitting for fall and what potential gifts my family will be getting for the holidays. I’m a Virgo, I like to plan. Plus after my vacation in August I’m on a slippery slope of being crazy busy. In addition to my full time job, I’m also an adjunct professor at Howard University and grading homework and preparing lectures takes a bite out of my knitting time. I love it but haven’t figured out a way to knit and teach class at the same time…
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I’ve got a very special project that I started this weekend that I have to finish before all the chaos sets in! My aunt is turning 90 and we’re having a big celebration in her honor Labor Day Weekend. Last year I knit (and somehow did not document this project) the Betsey Shawl for her in Cascade Venezia Worsted in shades of purple, lavender and pink. She called me on my cell phone when she got the package and told me how much she loved it and loved that I was thinking of her. It completely made my day, so of course I decided to make her something special for her 90th. I’m working on the Estelle Cardigan using Berroco Elements in this gorgeous charcoal grey. The yarn is now discontinued but I picked up a ton of it for a steal on yarn.com (with an extra 15% off!). Also, why do all of my favorite yarns get discontinued?! I’m almost finished with the raglan increases and can then separate for the sleeves. I have a feeling this project will fly by and I wanted to make sure it was finished so I didn’t have to worry about it before her party in September.
Togue Pond for Jess
Today is also delivery day! My girlfriend should be getting her baby blanket and cardigan today AND I knit a SECOND Togue Pond Tank after my BFF kept dropping hints and it should arrive on her doorstep today too. I’ll post more on it this week, hopefully with her and a sweater selfie wearing it.

I’ve pretty much ordered all of my yarn and am trying to sort out what projects I will be making. I definitely see a cozy knit jacket in a bulky weight for myself, a pretty cardigan for work with some awesome Miss Babs yarn I got at Sheep and Wool Festival and then a laundry list of projects for my husband, sisters, mother and cousin. So little time and so many projects. I’ve got a few things I’m mulling over so I might post asking for some help deciding soon! So what’s on your needles lately? What are you dying to make for fall?