Stitching Status: The Longest Winter

I woke up this morning and it was 44 degrees outside. I turned the heat on last night before I went to bed because my house was frigid. Where did spring go? And will summer ever get here? I started on a new summer project last night but clearly I could still be knitting up some of the wool I’ve got in my stash. And speaking of my stash, a while ago I picked up some Berroco Maya yarn, a pima cotton and baby alpaca blend for summer. It’s a tape yarn that reminds me of Quince & Co’s Kestrel but it’s a lot more affordable for a bigger project. Don’t get me wrong, I love a great yarn but I also know that sometimes I have to consider my budget for as much as I knit. I also used Maya before with a Dichotomy scarf I made a few years ago so I knew I liked how it washed and felt but what I couldn’t figure out was what the yarn should become. I mulled over a lot and just couldn’t find THE pattern until I saw this on Instagram on Friday and I was immediately sold.

Bragita Pattern
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Meet Bragita, a pattern made for Kestrel yarn and is simple with just enough flair for me. I also love a good peplum top and I’m so glad I saw it when it was released on Friday. The instructions are simple and clear and I’m already up and running with it. I’m not a huge fan of all garter stitch body but I think it works for this pattern. Hopefully this knits up fairly quickly and fits me well.

Kierson Cardigan
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I also decided that the newly released Kierson cardigan from Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People Vol. 10 is going to be the sweater I work on over the summer. I plan to knit it in Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Emerald mix and use the amazing emerald green buttons I have in my stash to make it truly special. This is my absolute favorite shade of green and the yarn is on sale and is the last bit of yarn I intend to buy for months. I realized that most of the things I’ve made for myself this year that I love have been some shade of green and green is my absolute favorite color but the color I knit with the least. I decided to change that this year. And then last but not least, here’s a quick look at what I finished up over the weekend…
Morgan and the Tutu top
I finished Maddie’s doll and made her a top to match the doll. I plan to give it to her this evening and I hope she loves the doll as much as I’ve loved making it for her. I’ll do a full FO post on both this week! So what did you do this weekend? And what’s on your summer knitting list?

5 Replies to “Stitching Status: The Longest Winter”

  1. Just curious: apart from gift knitting, how do you decide what to knit next? Is it coup de foudre or careful planning?

    1. Honestly, it depends. If there’s a baby on the way or a gift I want to make that gives me a bit of a deadline and that takes priority. Otherwise, it’s really whatever strikes my fancy at the time. I’ve been wanting to knit for summer for a bit but kept putting on hold and then I found the perfect project and cast on. Sometimes I see a yarn or a pattern that just inspires me and I start knitting. I also usually have 3 things going at once too.

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