Spring Knitting Aspirations

I’ve been off my game since the beginning of the year. But I also told myself that 2018 was going to be a year of lots of changes and I’ve definitely been making smaller changes in my life so as not to overwhelm or scare myself.  I think it’s partially why I’ve been knitting small things, I can handle just a little bit at a time and I get the satisfaction of a finished object. And to be honest, knitting sweaters just hasn’t appealed to me right now – and that’s okay! But I did see this post from Alice Caetano on Instagram asking for test knitters and I volunteered. I really like her designs and I thought it might get my sweater knitting mojo back.
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Spring is coming and I love a good light weight knit that I can wear to work and throughout the summer but to be honest, I’ve slogged along on this one, NOT because of the pattern! The pattern is lovely and taught me new things but I’d work on it a bit and then put it down. I just feel like my mind is somewhere else and thinking of something else small to make. Luckily, she gave me about a 6 week time period to finish this top and I’ve finished all the complex stuff (the pleat detail around the shoulder was definitely interesting) and now I’ve just got about 6 inches of the body left in straight stockinette, no increases, before I get to 2 inches of ribbing. And as I’ve been slowly working on the body I’ve been feeling like my sweater knitting mojo is coming back and I’ve started to think about what I want to knit for spring/summer. I’m also looking to my yarn stash to really use up yarn I bought but never used to work my stash down to something a bit smaller.
Berroco Weekend DK Color Palette
I’ve got a ton of Berroco Weekend DK (now discontinued) in these three colors and I’ve figured out how I want to mix and match the colors to make these two tops for spring.

Arbus by Bristol Ivy
Arbus by Bristol Ivy via Ravelry

When I saw Arbus by Bristol Ivy I knew it was going to be one I wanted to cast on. Her pattern construction is always so unique and keeps me engaged. I think this will be mainly the green color with the peach as the secondary color. I haven’t decided on keeping the cropped sleeve length or just making it short sleeved. We shall see.

Durumi by Isabell Kraemer
Durumi by Isabell Kraemer via Ravelry

And I know most people thing about colorwork as a winter thing but as soon as I saw Durumi by Isabell Kraemer in the latest issue of Pom Quarterly I immediately thought well that will be bright and cheery for spring and great as a short sleeved top! So I will use the peach for the top portion, make the triangles in the dark green and use the pebble color for the remainder of the body. And it will help me use up most of my stash!

In the meantime, I’m still knitting small things. I finished 10 hats and cowls this month! I even surprised myself when I did that tally. But more on that on Friday.

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FO: Louisville Knits

I’ve been working on so many little projects and have taken a bunch of random photos so I thought I’d collect a few similar things into one post to share my finished objects. Sound like a plan?

Typically whenever I see my girlfriend Salina I like to take her a crafty gift because we gift handmade things to each other all the time. You might remember the hat I made for her when we went to New Orleans a while ago. Well, I had the same colorway of the Madlinetosh yarn, Spectrum, in the bulky weight that I had waited forever to do something with for her. So I decided to knit her a cowl.
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I picked up the Beginners Brioche Cowl when it was free on Ravelry and used it as a guide to knit Salina a two color brioche cowl in the car on the way to Louisville. It only took me a few hours. I cast on more stitches that required to make it a bit bigger and looser and liked the finished look. I used the blue and purple yarn mixed with a skein of Mighty Stitch Bulky in silver. It was a great contrast and insanely soft. And I also decided her daughter Alexandra needed a cowl too but I wanted to do a bolder color palette and a little something different.
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So I made her the fun Worsted Brioche Bandana Cowl and used the leftover yarn I had from my Happy Little Sweater. I love this Indian Corn colorway from the Lemonade Shop and wanted to put what I had left in a fun project. I contrasted it with some Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash in Columbine Heather, a reddish purple, I had in my stash.
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I think Alexandra will enjoy this little cowl since she’s always cold. It’s cute to wear with her purple coat or just on its own. And while we were in Louisville, Salina took me to Fiber and Friends a cute little yarn shop in La Grange, Kentucky. The ladies in this shop were so warm and inviting. They were taking my coat off for show and tell so they could see my knits! I definitely suggest if you’re in the area to pop on in. And while we were there Salina fell in love with a pom pom so I suggested she pick out some yarn and I would make her a hat to go with it. She picked up this really beautiful Berroco Millefiori BIG yarn in a purple and blue colorway. I knew immediately that one skein would be perfect for the Purl Soho pattern Super Soft Merino Hats for Everyone. It doesn’t take much yarn and I was able to whip it up in about 3 hours.
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I’m so addicted to brioche knitting…you’re going to see these two patterns again very soon. I’ve got some wilder color combos coming that I made for myself!

FO: Hats & Unexpected Hiatuses

I realized I hadn’t checked in for about a week and I didn’t meant to take a hiatus…I just haven’t felt like I had a ton to say while I was working on lots of little thing. I’ve been a bit preoccupied with work, teaching (I never consider it work because it doesn’t really feel like it), a trip to Louisville, Kentucky for the long weekend and then a little upcoming mandatory down time (I have to have a minor surgical procedure that will require me to rest this weekend – which means knitting and dog snuggles are required). But throughout everything, I still knit.
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So one of my latest hats (I told you, 2018 is the clearly the year of the hat for me) is another Karite hat. You may remember the one I made in black in December as a gift. This is a lovely purple version using the Fiberist Audubon Worsted for my girlfriend Alisa. She asked for a simple purple hat and I thought this would fit the bill. Also, this is a really yummy yarn to work with. I loved the color and it just felt great while I was working with it. I’m interested in trying more!
Karite blocked
Also I try on all hats before they are given way. I have to make sure they fit! I love the look of this hat pattern and totally have intentions to make it in an off white version for myself…I just never seem to get around to it!
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I also offered to put a pompom on it and she declined. I told her she was no fun. I feel like most hats require a pom on top. It just ups the cuteness factor by like 200%!

So I just wanted to pop in to say yes, I’m still here and plugging along but I might quiet for just a bit longer but I’ll be back! Knit on my friends!