FO: Sibling Sweaters

Brother sister cardigans
Now that my girlfriends are starting to have their second babies, I’ve ventured into the brother/sister or coordinating sibling sweaters as gifts. I know, it’s a gift with a short lifespan since kids grow so fast but I like the fact that the older sibling’s cardigan can be worn by the younger sibling. Plus, all my girlfriends told me they saved the stuff I made their babies to pass down to a second baby if they ever had one. So it’s a win win, right?
Brother sister cardigans
My girlfriend Andrea was having a little girl and already had a two year old son and I wanted to play off the lady bug theme for her daughter’s room but not be too girly for her older son. So red and a pretty charcoal grey were my color palette. This time I knit up the Baby Sophisticate and the Child Sophisticate Sweaters using Lion Brand Heartland yarn. I really love how well it washes up and you can pop it in the dryer without worrying. I even added a little lady bug button the baby girl sweater.
Brother sister cardigans
For her older son I made the main body color the grey with red stripes and I know this color will still work for his little sister when she gets older too. I also told her I can always swap out the buttons.
Andrea's sprinkle
Three of us got together the other Saturday to throw our girlfriend a sprinkle (instead of a shower since this is baby number two) and this was the only photo I really got of her opening her sweater gift. She was so excited and she still loves that her son uses the blanket I made him when he was born. I’ll be working on a blanket for baby girl next but she was so excited I made something for both babies. And I’m glad we threw her the shower when we did, she went into labor the very next morning! She gave birth to a super adorable and healthy baby girl. I can’t wait to actually put that tiny little cardigan on her. So do you knit gifts for babies? What’s your favorite project to give?

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In My Stash: Cascade Casablanca

I haven’t done a What’s In My Stash post in a while and I just got something new and wanted to share!
Cascade Casablanca Rainbow yarn
It’s a good day when I find a lovely skein of yarn swirled into a perfect rainbow. I think green yarn and rainbow palettes or rainbow yarn fill me will joy. So when Little Knits had Cascade Casablanca on crazy sale, I bought enough to make a sweater because that’s what I do.
Cascade Casablanca Rainbow yarn
A mix of mohair, silk and wool, the texture is interesting. I’ve never bought a mix like this and it is described as being similar to a NORO yarn. The color is insanely gorgeous. I can’t wait to knit this up!
Cascade Casablanca Rainbow yarn
So you all know my love for color, what’s your favorite color of yarn to buy? I’m always curious what others buy opposed to my crazy brights.
Hoppy Easter 🐇
And just because I have declared myself a crazy dog lady and this picture makes me smile, I had to share my Easter bunny from over the weekend. Cher has to be the most patient pup that ever lived to deal with me and my crazy photos. Happy Monday!

Spring/Summer Knitting Decisions

So I’ve made some good progress on the Aeon Vest for my Mom. I can see her being so tickled when I give it to her. The yarn is a super bright blue, her favorite, and the ribbing detail looks really lovely. And despite the somewhat complex instructions (they have pictures to show you how to turn your work a certain way) I’m not too intimidated by the pattern and I’m making it work! YAY me!

I’ve also decided on a few summer things I need to knit.

Adelaide pattern via Ravelry
Adelaide pattern, image via Ravelry

Quince & Co released their 2016 Kestrel yarn collection of patterns and I’ve decided to use my Berroco Maya yarn in my stash to make this lovely summer top. I want to make something summery and light but still work for the office with cropped pants or a skirt. I think this one fits the bill! I’ve been going back and forth on what to make for summer and whether or not I’d just shorten the sleeves on another pattern but I think something like this would be perfect.

Teazel cardigan by Bristol Ivy
Teazel, image via Ravelry

I’ve also been mildly obsessed with the Teazel cardigan by Bristol Ivy since she released it the other week. I keep looking at it and decided that this would be a quick project to whip up. A bulky weight yarn, circular yolk cardigan, piece-o-cake! I just love the swing shape, it’s so lady like. Plus if I do this in a cotton yarn it will be a perfect summer layer for my always freezing office.

My weekend is going to be pretty low key. I might visit an alpaca farm in my neck of the woods for a knitting group or I may take dinner to friends with a newborn. Either way, I’ll be working on that vest for my Mom and then on Sunday celebrating Easter and having dinner with my family. Have a lovely weekend everyone!