FO: Birthday Brioche

I went back and forth on what to make my sister for her birthday this month. I knew that whether it was a full sweater or a vest it would be white but something just kept telling me I needed to knit her the Pommier Vest…so I did!
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I think I really wanted to put my newly learned brioche skills to work. And despite having a little mistake at the very bottom in the beginning (that I left because only a knitter would notice), I think this was definitely the right project to make for Anne and I know I’m going to have to make this for my other sister and my Mom (and maybe myself too).
Birthday Brioche
You can’t tell as much as I would like in these photos but the contrast color yarn is actually pink and yellow. It’s Knerd String in the color Tang. The white yarn is the Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepard’s Wool Worsted that I bought to initially make my Happy Little sweater but decided yellow was much more my speed. I saved it know it would be perfect for a project for my sister who loves a white sweater.
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Here’s a better shot of the yarn so you can see all of the wonderful flecks of color in this. When I asked my sister if she wanted pink or yellow (her two favorite colors) in her gift, her response was pillow – pink AND yellow. Alrighty then, I knew I could make that work.
Birthday Brioche
I think this could be a really good starter brioche project if you’re trying to dip your toe into brioche knitting like I was. The vest is small and is super quick to knit since the front panels are so narrow. You’re going to add 7 inches (or more) of brioche stitch to the front by picking up stitches for the button band – why is picking up stitches my favorite thing? I didn’t go overboard on the brioche band because my sister leans on the petite side and I didn’t want it to overwhelm her or appear to swallow her up. I think this was just enough and she can flip the collar down if she wants. All in all this was a super satisfying knit and you’ll totally see this one being knit again.

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Gift Knitting: A Quick Idea for the Holidays

I used to do really elaborate gift guides for my old beauty and accessories blog back in the day. It was fun and I incorporated my friends and got to use my publication design skills to put together mini magazines and have fun…and then everyone started to do gift guides and I was over it. Added wrinkle now, I make a lot of my gifts for my closest family and friends so traditional gift guides don’t do it for me. But I thought I’d share a pattern or two between now and the holidays that I’ve seen/bought recently that would make lovely gifts.

First up, how lovely is this Asiri Necklace? I used to knit link chain necklaces and braided strand necklaces in my early knitting days. This makes me want to make some fun necklaces with cool colors of yarn or with a really indulgent skein of silk or cashmere. Added bonus, make it bigger and bolder with worsted weight yarn in a wild color! Clearly that’s what I’ll do when I make it for myself. LOL

Any fun patterns for gift knitting? Share! 

Stitching Status: Fast Weekends

GAHHH! How is it Monday?
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Since we’ve moved our clocks back my dogs have been waking me up on Saturdays and Sundays around 6:30am, so my weekends have started earlier which gives me more time to knit. By 9:30am I’ve done grocery shopping, laundry and some cooking so I don’t feel bad about sitting down and watching some TV.
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This weekend I watched the first season of Strangers Things with Cher and Jelly. I’m not a big sci-fi fan but my husband watched it and wanted me to give it a try. I don’t like monsters but the story gave me enough to be intrigued.
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My sister’s birthday is today but she’s out of town so I’ve got a few more days to finish up her birthday gift. Since she reads the blog I won’t do a full reveal but here’s a sneak peek.
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I’m in the last bit of knitting that I need to do and I’m excited because the yarn for my husband’s sweater arrives today! So once this is done I want to whip up two dog sweaters for the girls and then focus on a sweater for Kenny before the holidays. Then I might get to turn back to focusing on some knitting for me!