Thankful

Yesterday I turned 38. I still struggle at times with the fact that I’m a real adult but clearly I’ve been adulting for a while now.
Thankful for the opportunity to make 38 a great year ☺️🙌
My day started with the gift that kept on giving – poop from Jelly (I swear she’s testing us to see if we really are keeping her sometimes) followed by ‘I’m sorry I pooped but still love me’ snuggles. I obliged. I got a billion texts, some emails, Instagram messages and of course a ton of Facebook wall posts. My sister took me to lunch and I bumped into more friends! It was a nice low key day. I still went to work but ended my evening with Chinese takeout, some knitting, more dog snuggles and a nice evening with my husband.

Birthdays are difficult for me. They’re an odd mix of happy and sadness . I’m happy to celebrate (cake!) but whenever someone asks me what I want I always want to say a hug from my Dad. I know, the thing I can’t have is what I want the most but it’s true. So instead I’ve been focusing on what I do have and that’s a lot. I’ve got a lot of love and support in my life and I’m encouraged daily to do the things that I love. I’m thankful that I’m still here and even though I can’t hug him I know he’s with me too. Here’s to 38 being a great year.

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FO: For My Birthday

Tomorrow is my 38th birthday. It’s weird to say that number but I’m happy to have another year. I have a great family, friends I think of as family and dogs I consider my family. I’ve got two jobs and positive prospects for a future in higher ed. 38 is going to be pretty good. In the midst of all of my knitting for others and wanting to do something for all the adorable babies in my life I randomly bought yarn I didn’t need (because it was pretty) and selfishly cast on a new sweater for myself last week. So let’s call this glorious two color sweater my birthday gift to myself. Warning, there are a ton of pictures in this post.
Boxy dropped shoulder sweater
I mentioned in a previous post that I wanted to knit something in the same vein as the Joji Locatelli Boxy Worsted sweater and then I found the Seamless Simplicity sweater pattern for free. The pattern said I’d only need 984 yards and I played yarn chicken with the main body color (Poppleton from Neighborhood Fiber Co – a limited edition color) and lost.
Yarn chicken
I made it to 11 out of the 14 1/2 inches I needed from the underarm before I brought in the turquoise accent color. And honestly, I love it!
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Also can we talk about the color? The Poppleton colorway is a base of yellow with flecks of peach, deeper orange, bits of red, blue and turquoise. I pulled out the turquoise shade as an accent but I could’ve gone olive green, green, navy, the possibilities were endless. Since the yarn reads more peach to me I decided to play up a favorite color combo of peach and turquoise. I get asked a lot about my color combos and choices but color and color theory have always been a favorite thing of mine to play with and I’m never afraid of bold combinations. Plus I can pair this top with any neutral in my closet from jeans to a camel skirt to make it a much livelier outfit.
Boxy dropped shoulder sweater
This is a dropped shoulder sweater constructed with a provisional cast-on (which is now becoming my favorite thing) and I’m really knitting a box with sleeves that start lower. Also I do not understand when people say they don’t block their knits. This sweater didn’t really open up and give it’s true drape and shape until it was blocked. It’s a bit shapeless but it’s such a great toss on sweater to throw on with jeans or a pencil skirt and the dropped shoulders give it a bit more depth than just a box with sleeves. I see myself wearing this all fall and winter long. Now I can’t wait for cooler temps.
Boxy dropped shoulder sweater
The fit is just casual enough without making me look like a slob and it’s a perfect piece to add to my wardrobe. I could totally see doing this in a soft heathered gray but as my husband said this weekend, “you just don’t do a lot of gray and I get that.” LOL I like COLOR! And of course as I was photographing myself, I had not one but two little dogs hopping around wanting to get in on the action too.
Boxy dropped shoulder sweater
First my cuddly bean, Jellybean. But don’t worry, Cher was hovering around at my feet so she had to get her own shot too. It’s only fair.
Boxy dropped shoulder sweater
My husband stood behind my tripod to catch their attention so they’d look the right way. LOL And because I want pics with both, I had to hold them both and manage my remote shutter simultaneously.
Boxy dropped shoulder sweater
And now I’ve got a new one to frame for my desk at work! A happy birthday, indeed.

FO: Babies & Fur Babies

You know that I’m a dog lover. I’ve made that very clear here on my blog. But I have a girlfriend who also loves her dog Edie (a fluffy little white ball of cuteness) as much as I love mine and we send each other pictures of our fur babies all the time. So when she told me she was having a baby, my first instinct was to make a ‘sibling set’ for the baby and the dog. I’ve made matching sweaters for siblings before but why not for baby and fur baby?
Beal baby stuff
Part of what I love about knitting is how personal you can make each piece. You can take a simple baby sweater pattern like Wee Sherlock and put your own spin on it. I used my standard Caron Simply Soft yarn to make the sweaters both machine washable and dryer friendly because babies and dogs are messy at times. I used a lovely teal color called Pagoda and a deep pink shade called Fuchsia. My girlfriend didn’t want a super girly color palette but loves blue and I thought this would be a fun mix. I also love Etsy because if you search for it you will find it. As I was knitting the sweater, knowing I was going to make a matching dog sweater I thought, why not find a fluffy white dog button as an accent for the sweater? And then I found the most perfect buttons from Embellishment Buttons and I knew they would make this tiny sweater even cuter than I thought it could be. And I love buying from small businesses on Etsy, they always leave great notes and are quick with shipping!
Beal baby stuff
I love the asymmetrical button band and although the original pattern had a cable panel down the front I decided to just make it a simple garter stitch panel down the center. I just wanted to make it a super quick knit and not fuss with my cable needle.
Beal baby stuff
And if you have a baby with a fur sibling, you need to make the fur sibling a sweater too, right? I made Cher the Sparkle sweater before and knew it would be a quick knit so I took the same color palette from the baby sweater, teal and magenta) and just used it in reverse for Edie’s dog sweater to make them pop in photos together.
Beal baby stuff
Also, dog sweaters are hard to photograph when not on a dog. This one is too small for Cher and too big for Jelly! I’m keeping my fingers crossed it fits Edie and all her fluff but projects like this are why I love knitting. I can make something knit with a lot of love and attention that swaddles your baby (or dog) with my love. It’s what makes knitting these kinds of things such a joy too. And I highly recommend the Wee Sherlock sweater pattern, it’s another free one. It’s simple and easy to modify as well.

My birthday is next week so I’ve got a little pre-birthday celebrating to do and clearly that will involve knitting. I hope you have a fantastic weekend as well!