Stitching Status: Surviving the First 100

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Despite living in Maryland I did not attend the Women’s March the other weekend. And surprisingly to many, I did not knit a single pink hat (although my Mom asked me to knit her one after the march and I intend to do that). In all honesty, living and working this close to the White House (when I step outside my office I have a bird’s eye view of the White House) is exhausting and this last week has been a doozy to say the least. So when I can’t handle it all I retreat and when I retreat I knit.
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I’ve honestly felt like Jellybean here, wanting to bury my head in knitting. Wanting to turn off the news for a bit and just forget about everything that’s scaring me right now. It’s overwhelming and it’s only been a week! It’s probably why I’m on my 4th sweater of the month.
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I’m knitting instead of marching. I’m checking in on friends affected by the latest executive orders. I’m donating to all the causes I believe in because if I don’t protest the least I can do is donate. I’m doing what I can without losing my  mind. I’m trying not to be overwhelmed. So I hope you are doing the same too.

I’ll still be here, sharing in this space, trying to hold on to the good parts of life even when it feels like there’s a lot of bad taking over.

FO: A Happy Little Sweater

When I was a kid I was slightly obsessed with watching Bob Ross’s painting show, The Joy of Painting. I had an easel, all the acrylic paint an 8 year old could ever want, a palette and paintbrushes. His ‘happy little trees’ and technique made me believe that one day I’d be a famous painter. Clearly I’m not a painter but I find other ways to make my own art, this time with yarn and lots of color.
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I’m calling this sweater my Happy Little Sweater because this color palette makes me so happy and made me think of the joy I had from painting with Boss Ross as a kid. {The necklace is a hot air ballon from Virginie Millefiori}
A Happy Little Sweater
The pattern is the Liv cardigan from the Madder Anthology 2 (1 of the 5 sweaters I’ve knit from that book) and was a simple top down sweater with a bit of short row shaping at the bottom. A simple knit I started in December in between projects knowing I’d need something to take with me when I was traveling in January. The idea for this color pairing came from the yarn on the garter stitch border, Indian Corn from Lemonade Shop on Etsy. I love a lot of her yarn colors (you may remember me using her Mega Toxic Oreo colorway on my Caldwell Cape) so when I see a color that speaks to me I usually pick up 2 skeins. I originally bought 4 skeins of Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool Worsted in white for this but I just kept saying that was too basic of a pairing and I didn’t start knitting it. So armed with my BFF Jess and another trip to Fibre Space I settled on the lemon yellow colorway instead and I’m glad I did.
A Happy Little Sweater
I love a good pink/yellow, pink/orange, pink/red combo and this bold yellow with the predominately pink yarn is a winner in my book. And since the yarn has a billion little different flecks of color in it I can throw on a million colors underneath this sweater. I will totally throw on a turquoise tee with this to pull out the blue flecks in this yarn. I absolutely love this combination and couldn’t be happier with this colorful piece I’m adding to my wardrobe.
A Happy Little Sweater
So we all know I love bold color combos, what’s your favorite color pairing?

FO: First of the Year

Before I talk about my first finished object of the year I thought I’d give an update on what I was going to do with my Flaum cardigan. Based on the feedback and the fact that I totally deleted my notes and don’t know where I am with short rows…I’m frogging it. I’ll put that yarn to good use on another project and I’m even considering dying it another color. I’ll let you know. Now on to FO’s….

I feel like I’m starting a tradition and that my first finished object of the year is something for my cousin Safia. Last year I finished off a basic raglan in a lovely pink wool for her and this year my first project of 2017 was again for her, a cozy red Lila sweater.
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Since I loved my Lila Top Down sweater last year I decided to make Safia the bulky weight version, Lila Winter. {Side note, I really do love the Madder Anthology 2 collection of patterns. Out of the 15 patterns I’ve knit 5 so far and have 2 on my list to do soon.} I still had some of my Knit Picks Mighty Bulky (all the Mighty Stitch yarns on sale this month if you want to give it a try) in a lovely red leftover from another project and thought it would be a great color for her. I was right. Also the bulky weight version was super quick. Exhibit A:
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I started this sweater on January 1 and this is where I was by the end of the night on January 2. I had to finish off the sleeves during my morning commute. Otherwise I would’ve finished it the next day. And while I was traveling for work my husband had to go to Chicago for work so he got to hand deliver this new sweater to Safia the following week.
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She wore it to work the very next day. I’m pretty sure that solidified how much she liked it. We FaceTime’d when she tried it on and she kept saying, “it’s just so soft!” LOL Softness, great color and a great fit – I don’t think I could’ve asked for more in a finished project. I really do like this yarn but find when you wash it on delicate cycle is fuzzes up a bit so I prefer to hand wash with this yarn and that seems to solve that issue. If you’ve looking for a simple shape and an easy knit, I think this pattern might be the one for you.