Stitching Status: Pretty Yarn & Playing Chicken

I got distracted by pretty yarn. It’s not like I don’t have a ton of pretty yarn already in my stash but I got distracted the other Friday and I picked up 2 skeins of a Neighborhood Fibre Co limited edition fall color, Poppleton.
Boxy sweater
Isn’t she lovely? It’s like Fell’s Point in reverse. And since the only had 2 skeins (800 yards) I figured that wouldn’t be enough so I picked up an accent color in turquoise and then I went home and proceeded to work on something not in my queue and totally not on my list but still a good selfish knitting project and something I can cast on for the Summer Sweater Knit Along. Besides, my goal is to have a closet full of sweaters I knit, I might as well have sweaters inspired with beautiful yarn!
Body sweater
I was looking at the Joji Locatelli Boxy Sweater previously as a great throw on sweater and then I stumbled upon the free pattern for Seamless Simplicity from Classic Elite Yarns. It has a dropped sleeve and similar shape to the boxy sweater (I’ve wanted to do another dropped sleeve sweater since I made my Ruby Woo cardigan) and it required 984 yards of dk weight yarn in my size and the studio worsted is really a light worsted/dk weight and with 2 balls of Poppleton I have 800 yards and I figured that has to be enough for the body, right? I’d do the ribbing and sleeves in the turquoise – totally logical thought process.
Of course now I’m terrified I’ll be playing another dangerous game of yarn chicken. LOL I just don’t see these 800 yards giving me the 14 inches of body from the underarm. Oh well, perhaps there will be a turquoise band at the bottom? I’m going to make the best of it because it will still be a lovely sweater. I’m dying to add in the turquoise so perhaps a band of it should go in the middle? I don’t know. I need to try it on and see where it’s hitting me right now and determine if I want to add a band of bright color soon or just play chicken and perhaps just have deeper ribbing in the turquoise than I originally planned.
And in other news, the dogs seem to be getting along pretty well. This picture was the first time they’ve gotten close to a snuggle on the couch. We’ve had Jelly for a good 2 1/2 weeks and she’s starting to settle into a routine and seems to be okay at home all day with Cher. Cher seems to be adjusting but I laugh because sometimes she acts like the 12 year old lady of the house she is and wants Jelly to stop doing zoomies around the living room. I’m still learning more and more about her every day but she’s really a sweet girl with a little bit of sass in her and I love it. She does like to wake me up on occasion in the middle of the night for a snuggle but so does Cher so I don’t really complain. I typically scoop 1 or 2 of them up and just keep snoozing. Half the time my husband doesn’t even notice until he gets up in the morning that there are dogs in the bed!

I’ve actually finished up two other baby/dog projects but am waiting on my buttons to be delivered so I can do a full post on those. Otherwise it’s knitting, dog snuggling and GRE prep every evening for me!


FO: Agnes for Jessica

I love sweater knitting but I really love when I can make a sweater for someone else and it fits them perfectly and is just a fun piece to add to their wardrobe. So that’s why I’m super in love with the Agnes sweater I made for my BFF Jess.
Jess in her Agnes sweater
Jess’s birthday was on the 11th and I knew she was going to go to Sweden for vacation and I wanted to give her a good piece to throw on while traveling. The weather in Sweden is a lot like San Francisco this time of year so I thought why I not have a great pullover with pockets that she could throw on when the nights got chilly? Also the Agnes sweater is a bulky weight so I knew it would be a quick knit.
Agnes sweater
I had enough of the Knit Picks Billow yarn from my Teazel cardigan to make Jess’s sweater (I knit the smallest size of the pattern) and decided to punch it up and use a Lorna’s Laces special release from Jimmy Bean’s Wool I bought a while ago and hadn’t used. The color is called He Who Must Not Be Named and since I’m a big Harry Potter fan I thought this was a fun one to add to my stash. I used one skein and doubled it up to meet the bulky weight needed for the ribbing but it paired so perfectly with the Lichen color of Billow it was like it was meant to be together. Plus, I figured a little wool around the neckline, wrists and pockets would make this a perfect fall/winter/spring type of sweater with the super soft cotton body.
Jess in her Agnes sweater
And the pockets! These perfect little pockets. I want to add them to every sweater pattern from now on.
For the pockets I used some leftover Berroco Vintage yarn that I had from a 7 color basketweave scarf my husband requested 2 years ago (he’s very specific in his requests and this was before I was good about documenting projects on Ravelry). Jess loved the sweater and promptly packed it for her trip and I’m happy that the fit is so good on her.
I’m also so in love with this sweater that when I popped over to Fibre Space on Friday and they had just enough skeins of Ella Rae Chunky in my favorite shade of green at 40% off I knew I was going to make one for myself. I’ve also got some yellow and blue yarn in my stash which also happens to be both of my sisters’ favorite colors. Agnes sweaters for all!

FO: Wee Lima Sweater

There are two things that I love: knitting for babies and getting pictures of babies in things that I knit them. If you ever need a good mood booster, just knit a tiny sweater.
Baby sweater
So this week, I’ve been knitting tiny things and the Wee Lima sweater (a free sweater pattern – go add it to your library) is a new favorite.
A super quick, cute and easy knit. A perfect baby project. I picked this one because it was a worsted weight raglan sweater and I loved the buttons on the raglan increase. I just thought it was too cute and it gave me an opportunity to use adorable buttons (I should really do a post just about buttons because I have a pretty fun stash).
I also typically like to work with Caron Simply Soft for baby clothes because the yarns wash and dry in the machine and they just get softer with each wash. Exactly what you want on newborn skin. I made this fun unisex number for my coworker who is having her second child and doesn’t know if it’s a boy or a girl. When she picked it up the first thing she said was, “it’s just so soft!” and that’s what I want a parent to say. Last year I made another coworker a sweater for her baby boy last December and she said her son was able to wear his sweater the entire winter, so I’m hoping this little boy or girl due next month will get a lot of wear with this one. I’ve finished up another baby cardigan and am almost finished with the matching sweater for the dog sibling and I’ve got a couple of other baby knits I want to work on while I’m on a baby knitting streak. Any other go-to baby knitting patterns? Please share!