FO: Super Bulky B&W Hat

Super bulky hat
Perhaps I was inspired by GG Made It and her super bulky knits. Perhaps I just wanted a quick hat. The other night in about 2 hours I whipped up the Slouchy Pom Hat, a free Ravelry pattern with some super bulky Lion Brand yarn I bought by accident – I thought it was chunky weight and turns out it was super bulky. Oops! {Side note: I do have a spot of lipstick on my tooth in the above pic…I was not retaking a photo just for a tiny smudge. Hey, this is real life, folks.}
Super bulky hat
I didn’t even care to swatch this one, I just pulled out my size 13’s and knit this up during an episode of the Biggest Loser. I think it needs a huge pompom on top in a contrasting color but I have cleaned up my knitting supplies so much I don’t know where I put my pompom maker! So eventually, that will be added. It was pretty satisfying knitting up something in just a couple of hours…I see more bulky knits in my future.

Also, I’m feeling a knitting slow down in my future. I’ve got 1 sleeve left on the sweater I gave a sneak peek of the other day and that will be my 5th sweater this year – so I think I can slow down a bit. I had hopes to whip up a sweater for my cousin before I visit her in a couple of weeks but I don’t know if I’ll get to it and that’s okay – she’s just happy I’m coming to visit! So my next focus might be on a vest for my mom and myself. I just got the yarn last week and I’m excited to work on something a little bit more complex and new to me but will probably slow me and my speedy needles down just a bit.

Any big knit patterns I should know about? Share!


Stitching Status: Bits & Pieces

It’s Friday. YAY!
Indra's sweater
This weekend we are supposed to meet a friend’s new baby girl and I was working on a baby blanket for her. I tried three different stitch patterns and it just wasn’t right. So I ripped it out last night. It just wasn’t coming out the way I wanted it to and I decided that I’d rather give her a blanket later than an ugly one now if it wasn’t something I was happy with. Plus the less I like something the less I want to knit it. So at about 8pm last night I pulled out two small balls of Caron Simply Soft from my stash and started to knit a tiny baby cardigan.
Indra's sweater
In two short hours I  separated for the sleeves and worked about an inch and a half from the underarm. Oh a tiny knit is just the cutest thing in the world. I can hopefully knit up a contrasting one for her 2 year old sister too at some point. I’ll be finished with this little project by Saturday and hopefully in the next month or so I figure out what to do about her blanket. My husband looked at me like I was crazy when I ripped out the blanket but I reassured him that sometimes it’s okay to just say I don’t like where this is going and I need to start over.
Neutrals and Neons
I put down a cardigan for my BFF Jess that I was flying through in order to fail at baby blanket knitting. I should’ve just finished this and then perhaps I would’ve just gone to the baby cardigan. I was inspired by a Kate Spade bag that was a soft grey with bright coral accents that she saw and raved about. I decided that I would use up some of the Madelinetosh in Neon Peach in my stash and use it as an accent piece for a sweater for Jess. I’ll give full details on the project once I finish it because it’s a bit of a surprise for her. I’m halfway through one sleeve so I could finish it over the weekend if I get a few hours of quiet to myself while my husband goes golfing.
Portrait of a Pup
And to end on a super cute note, here’s a picture of Cher. I love my fur baby. Have a wonderful weekend, any great knitting plans?

FO: Cardigans & Coffee

Is it just me, or is every new sweater you knit your new favorite sweater? I can’t help it since they seem to get better and better each time!
Louise top down
This is my Louise Top Down from Madder Anthology 2. Carrie Bostick Hoge makes simple and easy to follow patterns of beautiful modern knits. I love them. This cardigan was meant to be made with three colors, a main color for the body, a second color for button band and bottom ribbing and a third color for the cuffs. I toyed around with a lot of combinations and almost did all rainbow, then thought about navy or a red cuff but decided to go with cream and I like it. I just didn’t want to take away from the rainbow that was already in this gorgeous Yarn Ink Blackened Rainbow Yarn. It was just too good.
Louise top down
You know what else is too good? Making a latte for yourself at home on a Saturday. I’ve had a Dolce Gusto latte machine for years now and I think I’m the best barista on my block 😉 I also love that my Pantone mug matched my camel yarn perfectly!
Louise top down
For this sweater it was pretty simple, a top down raglan. I know this pattern is made in a couple of different versions but for ease and quickness I like top down. I love being able to try it on after you separate the sleeves! Plus the body was knit on size 10 needles! So this was a pretty speedy knit. My only issues ever come in picking up stitches, I always do too little so I had to do the button band twice to get it right and not pull. I also sewed my buttons (bought them at my LYS – Fibre Space) on twice because after the first time the bands didn’t line up. Oops! Otherwise it’s cozy, warm and a great neutral. I’m even wearing it to work with a pencil skirt and burnt orange tights today! I told you I’m trying to make more staples that I can wear over and over in my closet and this one is definitely going to be put in heavy rotation.

Do you have a pattern you love or a sweater you consider a staple? Share and include a Ravelry link too!