Currently in the Queue: Spring Things

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Jellybean’s polite way of asking me to stop knitting and start playing fetch.

After how slow January and February were I feel like March has FLOWN by me in a blur. How is it almost April?! And why are they talking about the possibility of snow next week? I’m ignoring Mother Nature right now and just knitting so I thought I’d give you an update on my queue. Here’s what I’m working on right now:

  • FINISHED: A tie for my friend Ayo. Friends of ours are flying in to town today for the holiday and my friend Ayo has repeatedly asked me for a knit tie. I know he’d wear it and love it so I whipped it up over the last few days. Details and pics on that next week.
  • IN PROGRESS: Carbeth for my cousin (a peek of the color in the pic above). I’m almost finished with the main portion of the body. It will just be button bands and collar this weekend but I’m also playing it fast and loose with a game of yarn chicken. Fingers crossed I make this work.
  • ANTICIPATING: Tecumseh. My yarn has shipped! I plan on swatching in a different color this weekend so I can just dive right in when it comes. I’m so excited!
  • ON HOLD: My spring jacket. She’s been sitting in a bag zipped up until I have more time. I’ve just got other things tickling my fancy right now and since I ordered a new Mac for the rainy, chilly spring this isn’t as big a priority. But it will be nice for fall for sure so it will definitely get done.

So that’s what I’m working on in my world of knitting, what about you?

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Stitching Status: Bright Colorwork

I change my mind on knitting projects all the time…ALL. THE. TIME. In life I’m pretty decisive and I always know what I want but in knitting I want it all and I am constantly wanting to knit something else. I get into one thing and then BAM I see another pattern I have to make. Lately I’ve been excited about brioche and colorwork but the idea of casting on the Sunset Highway as my first real colorwork sweater wasn’t getting me excited. To be honest it makes my palms sweat with a bit of anxiety. Tiny needles, all those stitches…all that work and so many tiny stitches I might have to fix. Mind you I have the yarn and was gifted the pattern but I haven’t built up my confidence enough just yet. And I have plans to knit the Durumi colorwork sweater but it will be short sleeved and we just aren’t there yet weather wise so I’m okay waiting on that one for a bit. So when I saw that Caitlin Hunter who released Sunset Highway came out with a dk weight pullover, Tecumseh, I knew exactly what I was going to make next to finally make myself a stranded knitting sweater.

Tecumseh by Caitlin Hunter
Tecumseh by Caitlin Hunter via Ravelry

What’s always funny to me is whenever I browse through the project pages on Ravelry there’s always a lot of grey, neutrals and soft color palettes. I get it, it’s timeless and safe and can match so much. But for me and my wardrobe…that’s a no. That’s just not what I want or what I wear. Of course I immediately go for all the color. I was originally thinking of making this in wool with some Miss Babs Yowza in my stash and then I thought, why not make it with a summery blend? And there’s still a ton of Berroco Weekend DK on closeout on a couple of sites (I decided to not use up the yarn I’ve rationed our for my two summer knits and to get a different color palette)…so for about $35, I got enough yarn for a lighter weight sweater that I can wear almost all year round. YAY!
Berroco Weekend DK in spring colors
I decided on a green and blue color palette because green is my favorite color and I get so excited to knit with green. The main color (the body) will be the bright green, seedling. The secondary color (the little crosses) will be the bright blue, coast. And the tertiary color (the leaf like shape) will be the Kelly green, forest. I’m going to go ahead and swatch this one with one of the colors in my stash I know I’ll have leftovers from so that once the yarn arrives I can dive right in. I tend to knit a lot of cardigans because I like layers but I’m always wishing I had a cool pullover to throw on with jeans or wear with a skirt. I think this one might fit the bill.

So is anyone else as indecisive with their knitting projects as I am? I don’t want to be the only one with this problem.

Stitching Status: Knitting With Dogs

In between everything I do on a daily basis, the moment I sit down I’m typically faced with this.
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A dog (or two) in my face. Cher likes to demand rubs. Jellybean just wants to curl up in my lap and will wiggle her way under any blanket and into my lap anyway she can.
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This weekend I found myself boxed in quite often. These two can settle in so quickly that I haven’t even positioned myself on the couch or grabbed my projects! And my husband is often kind enough to hand me a ball of yarn or a drink or water when I just can’t move as easily as I’d like to because of Cher and Jellybean taking over my personal space. Lucky for them, I don’t mind all the snuggles.
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And this weekend while I worked on the Carbeth sweater for my cousin Cher decided she needed to investigate the pieces in my Field Bag. She also decided the yarn needed to be licked, perhaps for quality assurance?
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But I do get to slip away from the girls and run errands and I popped into Fibre Space on Saturday to pick up a dark contrasting color yarn for another project for my cousin (I realized her birthday is a month away, so I want to also knit her these brioche socks in dk weight). And while I was there I just couldn’t resit this dog in a sweater enamel pin. You can find the artist on Etsy and her entire collection of animals in sweaters pins. So even when I’m not with my dogs, I’m always thinking of them. Now if I could just get them made into pins wearing their cute sweaters I’d be even happier.