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 patternΒ 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!
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.

27 Replies to “FO: For My Birthday”

  1. Happy Birthday! Love the color combo in your sweater.

  2. It’s awesome to give yourself some love for your birthday. Nicely done! Enjoy your day.

  3. what a great picture of the 3 of your guys! I concur, it is definitely a HAPPY birthday! πŸ™‚

  4. You look fabulous in this jumper! I love the colors and how you brought out the speckled colorway in the main body out with the aqua for the sleeves, neckline, and hem. Good for you on treating yourself.

  5. Fabulous sweater!! You’re killing my Ravelry queue. Lol! Happy, happy birthday!!!

    1. Hey but at least this one is a free pattern! LOL I get so distracted by all the good patterns out there.

  6. Lovely colour combination, as always – so bright and optimistic β™ͺ Happy birthday ! 🐾

  7. Happiest of birthdays!!! And the colours for this Boxy are amazing, I love the colourblocked sleeves. I’ve been seeing some amazing Boxy mods these days, yours is definitely one of the best!

    1. Thank you. I love color and thought about going neutral and then thought that wouldn’t be very fun πŸ™‚

  8. Amazing post – gorgeous sweater and such a fun photoshoot! Love it to bits! I also agree about blocking, it’s a crime not to block knitwear, in my opinion πŸ™‚

  9. Love this!!!!!

    I’m new to your Blog found you through MDK and love, love, love your style! I sent you a long message on Ravelry so I won’t repeat myself.
    Thank you for your wonderful blog.

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