Stitching Status: Spring Spirit

It has been freezing here in Maryland/DC even after our big snow and it’s definitely not feeling spring like at all. But I know it’s coming and I’m knitting!

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Jellybean would like to switch to her lighter layers soon.

I’ve still got my Tamsyn neutral sweater on my needles but I haven’t made much progress since I finished my Mom’s sweater. I’m working on the body of a Carbeth for my cousin but on my snow day I couldn’t resist starting something else new for myself that was swirling around in my brain. I have a swing coat I love that I bought from Anthropologie almost 2 years ago now but I’ve always known I could make something better. Plus every time I wear it everyone asks if I made it and I knew I could I just needed more confidence in making my own stuff.
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So I pulled out this Miss Babs Yowza in Dahlia (the peachy coral shade) and Hedgehog Fibres Merino DK in Bollywood and have been making up my own version of a swing coat with wide sleeves for spring. I’m doing the sleeves, trim and pockets in the variegated Bollywood shade and the body in the bright coral. I already had to frog back a few rows because the box pleat I wanted to do just didn’t work out the way I wanted but I’ve already got other ideas on how to give it the shape I want. I’m super proud of myself for even being able to frog back and just work the two rows over. Before I would’ve panicked and probably started it all over but with time comes more confidence and knowledge. I’m excited about the possibility of what I can create and I’m hoping that if I knit myself a cute spring jacket it will help usher on spring.

So what are you working on?

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FO: Sparkle & Snow Days

Guess who has a snow day today? ME! The Federal Government is closed, my job is closed and school is closed. Although I’ll do a little work via my computer today, I’ll be wrapped in sweatpants and cuddled by dogs. I’ll take it. So I thought on this snow day I’d share what I just finished and handed off in time for the snow, a Sparkle sweater for a friend’s dog named Maddie.
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It’s rare my husband asks me to knit things, so when he asked if I’d knit a dog sweater for a colleague who always makes sure he has gluten free things at their work events I said sure. He’s watched me whip up sweaters for Cher and Jellybean in a few hours but once I got his the dog’s measurements I knew this might take a wee bit longer. Maddie is a lovely poodle who is fluffy and a lot bigger than my girls, but I was happy to do it for him. He’s just too cute to resist sometimes.
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Since I wasn’t going to get to try the sweater on as I went I decided to stick with the Sparkle sweater pattern since it’s pretty simple. Two slits for the legs, coverage of the belly (that always kinds of makes Jelly look like she’s wearing a tiny cropped top) and then knit the back. I stopped slightly short of the back length in the pattern and I’m glad I did because it would’ve been too long. His colleague asked for a green sweater, so I used the leftover Berroco Ultra Alpaca from my Angelina sweater (and Jellybean’s itty bitty Angelina) because it is just a perfect green.
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I made it halfway through the bind off before I realized I was going to run out of yarn. Thankfully I have a plethora of green yarn and was able to bind off with another and it’s barely noticeable. You can see just a spot of lightness at the tip. It’s such a soft and lovely knit and that green looks great against Maddie’s fur.
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So I’ve got a day of knitting ahead of me and I’m working on a Carbeth for my cousin in Chicago but I’ve also got an idea swirling around in my head for a spring jacket that I might also need to start as well. Sometimes inspiration strikes and I can’t let it pass. And I couldn’t let this selfie by Cher not go unshared, you’re welcome.

FO: Blueberry Oatmeal

How about a bright start to this Monday? I’ve got an insanely bright blue finished object to share. Over the weekend I finished the Oatmeal sweater for my Mom, I’ve affectionately named her version Blueberry Oatmeal.
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I’m asked all the time if I pick the yarn or the pattern first – the answer is both. Sometimes I buy yarn that makes me say WOW and sometimes I buy a pattern an find the yarn to go with it. Prime example, I originally picked up a skein of Perwinkle Sheep’s sock yarn in this same sapphire color because I saw it and thought of my Mom. She loves cobalt blue and looks really good in that color. I am not really a sock knitter but it was the only skein on the table and I knew it needed to come home with me and that it would eventually be put to good use. The next week I saw the pattern for this awesome sweater which required dk weight yarn and sock weight yarn for the contrasting color and I already had some bright green Miss Babs in my stash. Sometimes the yarn picks me and sometimes the pattern does. So when I saw this same sapphire blue yarn on sale via Periwinkle Sheep’s Etsy shop but in an aran weight I scooped up all she had and figured I’d find a pattern to go with it.
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I decided since the blue is so bright and vivid the sweater shape should be kept simple. I went with the Oatmeal sweater pattern because I’ve made it before for my cousin so I knew it was a quick knit. I decided since it can run a little small to go up a size and I added increases to the side (about 6 increases in total every 2 inches) to make sure it wouldn’t be too snug around the midsection and would hang nicely. The squared neckline gives it a little interest and the quarter length sleeves make it a perfect sweater style my Mom loves. It was all a winning combo. And speaking of winning combos, I paired it with my highlighter pink clogs for these pics because why not?
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And as a play on brightness I thought I’d throw on my Virginie Millefiori Electric Love Lariat necklace because why not make what you wear whimsical? Also I love her jewelry and think it has this wonderfully magical quality to it. This is my second item this month using Periwinkle Sheep Intent yarn and I’m kind of in love. So much so that I’m knitting my cousin up a Carbeth sweater in the same yarn but in the colorway called Be Still My Heart. It’s seriously good yarn.