FO: Acid Rain

Thanks for all the well wishes on Monday you guys. I’m still sick and I think this cough is going to linger for a bit but I’m hanging in there. I took the day off of work on Monday but still had class that afternoon. Fortunately for me I had a guest speaker, the Global Digital Communications Director for Christian Louboutin. I met her years ago with my old blog and we’ve always stayed in touch and when I asked her if she’d be willing to talk to my class she quickly said ‘sure!’ She gave a great talk to my students, they asked insightful questions and it was a strong finish to my series of guest lectures for the semester. And since she came all the way down from NY I knew I wanted to knit her something as a thank you for doing this for me. So I made her the Rain Outside Shawl.
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It’s funny, I was kind of nervous to make this for my friend. We’re internet friends who haven’t seen each other face to face for years so I don’t know her like I would my BFF Jess, but I know she’s stylish and cool but I worried she wouldn’t like it. And then my BFF Jess reminded me, everyone loves a beautiful hand knit item. And she was right. She loved it.
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For this shawl I did one thing different than I did before, I made a swatch. LOL The previous two came out smaller than I expected, they still work but I wanted this to be a bigger shawl and I got that but think I’m still slightly off on gauge. It’s not as big as some but this one definitely was bigger than my previous two versions (shawl one and shawl two).
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For the main color I used two skeins of the Madelinetosh DK Twist in Clap Your Hands I still had in my stash (I’ve got one skein left…what will it become?). And for the contrast color I went with Berroco Weekend DK in black. In my first version I loved the contrast of the metallic yarn with the matte grey yarn so I wanted to play with the matte black and vibrant rainbow of the Clap Your Hands. And with the rainbow and all of the black, it kind of makes this shawl a neutral in my book but it also has a great striking contrast so it’s still a bold accessory.
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I really do love this shawl and the pattern. The lace panels break up a lot of garter stitch to give it interest and it just has a unique look and feel to it. It’s not an old school shawl, it’s kind of like a work of art. I’m sure I’ll make another as a gift for someone in the future.
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And in the end I’m just happy I was able to give a great gift to a friend.

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FO: Baby Boy Gifts & Gift Tags

Well, I am officially sick. I have no clue where this head cold came from but it has knocked me off my feet. I felt a sore throat Wednesday, was working from home Thursday and stayed on the couch all day and ended up leaving work early on Friday because I sounded horrible. I’ve spent the entire weekend resting, knitting and binge watching the Great British Baking Show (better known as the Great British Bake Off) from the couch…and I’m still home today. Here’s hoping I’m back in action soon. Now on to the knitting…
A sweater for Cait's baby boy
I work at Howard University as a adjunct professor for my second job (as if I’m not already busy enough) and I teach Social Media Marketing. I love my students, they are a highlight of my day but I try to give my students a well rounded perspective of the industry and I bring in 4-6 speakers a semester. I’ve got a few repeat presenters who I love and as a thank you I knit them something for coming to my class repeatedly. When I asked my former student Cait (from when I worked in higher ed at American University) what she would want me to knit her since she was coming in last week she told me that instead of something for herself she’d love it if I made her something for her baby on the way! She’s having a boy in June and asked for something navy so I whipped up my favorite pattern, the Baby Sophisticate cardigan.
A sweater for Cait's baby boy
My lighting was slightly off in these pics but I promise you this is the Caron Simply Soft yarn in a lovely deep navy blue. And I was excited because in my button stash were the cutest blue goldfish buttons! I’ve had these for years but hadn’t found the right project for them and I thought this was the one. All baby cardigans need fun buttons, right?! Since her son will be born in June I made the 3-6 month size with hopes that this will be a perfect fit for him by the time fall rolls around. I might even need to whip up a hat to match after he gets here.
A sweater for Cait's baby boy
And I am asked often about my gift tags and I made them with my Silhouette Mint Stamp Maker. I love that thing (also they’re always going on sale because I got mine for about $25) but I knew I needed a stamp with instructions and a logo that let you know I made your gift. I have a bunch of blank gift tags and just stamp and check the boxes once I’m finished. Easy peasy.

That’s all I’ve got today. Back to resting until I have to drag myself out of bed to teach my class (no sick days for professors).

Stitching Status: Acid Rain

Despite being a little under the weather lately (I can’t tell if it’s allergies or a cold) I’ve been in a really good mood. Work is the same and nothing special has really happened but I’ve just been happy and I’m not complaining about that. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been working with one of my favorite yarns lately?
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I could write a love letter to Madelinetosh and all of her amazing colorways. One of my favorites it ‘Clap Your Hands,’ this is it in DK weight and you may remember it from my Under the Graffiti Bridge cardigan. It’s like a beautiful rainbow that’s a little gritty and dirty. I love this color. I want to be a yarn dyer that’s as awesome as Madelinetosh is to me.
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I’m working on another The Rain Outside shawl (view my first and second) as a gift for a friend and decided to use Clap Your Hands as the main color and a matte black of Berroco Weekend in DK weight. I’m loving the contrast.
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The black is so strong against the white/rainbow and the lace panels are all black. I’m contemplating doing the last panel is a super bright pink but I think I may just leave it as is. I always fear I don’t have enough of the contrast color but it’s making it’s way to the end. I have to trust myself more and stop worrying. I’m so excited to get this one off my needles (should be finished over the weekend)…
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If I could just get Cher to stop sitting on it. We shall see. Have a great weekend!