FO: Cardigans for Comfort

It’s Monday and I’ve got a crazy work week ahead of me, so why not start out with a finished object?
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I finished my Bermondsey cardigan for my Aunt over the weekend. I was originally going to make her a blanket and I bought 8 skeins of Berroco Vintage Chunky, 4 in grey and 4 in green (her favorite color). But then I decided a cardigan would be better for laying around in while you’re recuperating, right? So I decided I’d do a little color blocking but wanted to add a brighter pop to break things up. So I dug into my stash and pulled out a skein of Patons Shetland Chunky in a citrusy green shade. It was just enough of the punch that I needed for this one.
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I followed the pattern body to a tee but this time I made ribbed sleeves instead of garter stitch ones. You may remember that when I made my black and white Bermondsey my sleeves came out a bit long when I blocked it and I eventually went back and fixed them. Since she’s in Memphis and I can’t easily fix them I figured ribbed cuffs were easier to fold back if too long than garter stitch ones.
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I really do love this cardigan and the fun drape the front panels have. I knit this a size down from what I made myself (I’d say a medium) and since she has a small frame I wanted something that would be cozy on her. I think it will hug her perfectly. I do love how this Vintage Chunky yarn worked up and it washes up beautifully. I didn’t have any fuzzing or pilling and it is so soft and cozy. I’ve still got a few skeins of these colors left and I have 2 other shades in my stash…perhaps I’ll get to make something else with it soon!

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The Gift of Knitting

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It’s funny. Between blog comments and comments in person, lately I’ve had a lot of people comment on how much of my knitting I give away. In the beginning I used to give it all away and then would end up with nothing to show for all my hard work or just a hat for myself. I was so excited to share and make in the beginning I forgot the person I learned to knit for was ME! Then I realized I needed to make for myself and I would selfishly knit for months at a time but always drop in a thing or two for someone else in between my own projects. And as I got better, demands got greater but I’ve never had a problem saying no and I work at my own pace. I’ve even had someone who wanted a hat and I didn’t have time say, ‘well if you’d just charge…’ yeah that wouldn’t make me knit any faster or create at time slot to make something I don’t want to make right now. That’s just the truth. I make what I want to make when I want to make it. That means sometimes you might get a sweater in August instead of December. And if I was going to sell anything it would probably be dog sweaters. Let’s just be honest in what I’m really obsessed with.

Out of the 68 finished objects I made last year, I gave 42 of them to someone else – that’s 61%. My mom, sisters, husband, cousins, friends, babies and even dogs enjoyed what I was able to make them. And what I enjoy are all the images I get of babies in sweaters, friends wearing hats or scarves. Someone wearing flip top mittens I made them on that first cold morning. Seeing my hand knits worn on TV. Videos of children opening packages I’ve sent and seeing their joy and surprise. I’ve even been told there may be a baby cardigan I knit in someone’s holiday photos this year! I keep those moments to myself because they’re what brings me joy. They’re what motivate me to learn new skills or try new yarn or find a perfect pattern. I also take joy in the fact that on this cold morning I was wearing a cardigan I knit myself, I was wrapped in a scarf I made and wearing a favorite knit hat. I knit and I can give a gift to someone else and I can gift myself so much more. Knitting isn’t just a gift, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

FO: Sister Sweaters for Homecoming

New favorite baby knit alert! I’m now jumping on the Flax sweater bandwagon. You’ve probably seen a billion of these on Ravelry and now I understand why.
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This is a Tin Can Knits sweater pattern and is in one of their free collections (go ahead and run over to Ravelry and download your pattern) and it’s a super simple top down sweater in sizes from newborn up to 4XL for adults! I asked Yuvay what kind of sweater she wanted for Homecoming for the girls this year (spoiler alert it was 80+ degrees and too warm for them to wear their sweaters so we’ll do a fall photo shoot later). I’ve kind of made it a tradition now between us that I make Maddie a sweater for homecoming every year. The first year I made this lovely varsity style sweater.
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And last year I made this adorable tiered red jacket.
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Yuvay was pregnant with Olivia last year, so I knew this year I’d be making two sweaters for my girls. I should also note that Yuvay’s in a sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, and their colors are red and cream. So typically I make the girls sweaters for homecoming that are in sorority colors (plus Howard’s colors are red and blue so it will always match any Howard paraphernalia too.
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So this year I asked her what she wanted me to do. She said let’s do a pullover in just cream and make them the same because apparently the only things the girls have that are the same are pajamas. Matching sister sweaters it is and it gave me a chance to try Flax. I used my standard Caron Simply Soft yarn (they’re apparently having a flash sale today if anyone is interested in getting 25% off) in cream and plugged away. What I think elevates Flax a bit more than others basic raglans is the super simple garter stitch details down the sleeves. It’s so simple and yet it adds a nice little bit of polish to a simple sweater. I can’t wait to see them both wearing them this fall.