MDK: Knitting an Act of Resilience

Knitting Resilience
I’ve put together another post about knitting sweaters for Mason-Dixon Knitting. It came about because I was sharing via my stories on Instagram how many sweaters I’d made since my first sweater back in 2014.  Since that day and writing my post I’d knit 164 sweaters; 42 baby/child size, 19 dog sweaters (not all for Cher and Jellybean) and 103 sweaters (I just added my Carlisle cardigan and Jellybean’s Sweetheart Sweater to that list).

Here’s a visual breakdown of all the adult sweaters, I have two that I don’t have photographs of out of all the sweaters I’ve knit. And you can find them all on my Ravelry page to get the patterns and most have been discussed here as well. But it isn’t about how many I’ve knit, my post for MDK is about what it takes for YOU to knit a sweater when you stop letting fear hold you back , so pop on over there and give it a read.
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Stitching Status: Long Weekend Productivity

I had a really good long holiday weekend over the last four days. My husband took off Friday so we got to spend an extra long weekend together. And over the weekend I paused on my Balloon Cardigan (again) and whipped up a Carlisle Cardigan instead! I wanted to use some of my leftover Macro and this cardigan was a fun project. More to come on it soon. Blocking super bulky weight yarns is a super heavy thing and it’s taking forever for this to dry.
And I decided to whip up a heart sweater for Jellybean because the hat I made with hearts was entirely too cute.
Let’s just say she was unimpressed with her fittings. But it fits beautifully and looks cute as pie. I’ll get more pics of the actual finished object once it is blocked and dry. And over the long weekend my friend Steven sent me a pic of his dog Sophie in her sweater I made her (still no selfie of the two of them together in their knits).
She’s such a regal pup. Also I’ve been on a super bulky knitting kick and it’s so satisfying. And many of you mentioned wanting to jump in on it but not wanting to knit with wool since you’re in warmer climates. I found Loopy Mango has Big Cotton yarn in 100 gram skeins and bigger cones in awesome colors if you’re interested in trying the super bulky knits in cotton (I may do so in the future but I need to replenish my yarn budget). That hot pink is calling my name. Also, Knit Picks makes Mighty Stitch in Super Bulky which is 80% acrylic and 20% wool so it’s not super hot. I use Mighty Stitch worsted a lot for baby projects and hats for people so they can just put it in the washer and dryer and not worry about it. It’s also a more affordable option. Just wanted to make some suggestions so you don’t feel like you’re missing out on the super bulky fun.

FO: For a Sweetheart

Happy Valentine’s Day! It has never been a holiday I make a big deal over (although my husband did propose to me 17 years ago) but I have a girlfriend whose birthday is today (and three others that were this week). She loves hearts and when I was on Ravelry and saw the new pattern for the Sweet Hearts Hat I thought, I can whip this up in time for her birthday.
Heat breaker
I asked her what color winter coat she had and she told me burgundy, black and cream. So I dug through my stash and picked out my Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in Pomegranate and Oyster. Another friend’s birthday was on Tuesday and her husband gave her a gorgeous red coat, so I may make her a red and white version of this hat to go with the new coat too.
And as I was working on this hat I just kept thinking how cute this print would be as a sweater for Jellybean. So that might be something I whip up over this long holiday weekend. So here’s to a love filled day, I hope it is filled with yummy yarn. Happy Valentine’s Day!