FO: Grey’s Hoodie

I think 2018 might be my year of small projects. They’re just so satisfying and quick! My latest is a seed stitch hoodie for my friend’s son.
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This is the Manda Ruth cardigan, a simple top down hooded sweater for a baby. A lot of people in comments said the sizing was small but I’ve made this pattern twice (the first one was for Jacob who I made a stuffed dog for last year) and it has fit both recipients so I don’t necessarily agree with the comments. I think the color possibilities for this are endless and I love a little hoodie for kids for spring. When it’s getting a little chilly and you might not have a hat at least you’ve got a hood!
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I don’t love doing seed stitch but it’s better to do it in small sizes rather than larger ones. And since today is Valentine’s Day I thought I’d share the cutest Valentines that were sent to the dogs.
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Jacob and his sister Leah who I made the stuffed dogs for named their dogs Max and Sally and Jacob thought Max and Sally should send Cher and Jellybean Valentines! Kids are just the best. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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FO: A Sparkly Beezee

I knit another brioche hat this month with the original intentions of giving it to my girlfriend Alisa. I mentioned she wanted a hat with purple in it but she told me she wanted simple. I quickly realized I was not making a simple hat and that it would be better suited for me than for her. So the Beezee hat became my latest brioche wonder and I’m happy I kept it.

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Teal side is dominant here.

One of the things I love about brioche knitting is that it creates a reversible fabric so I love picking great contrasting colors. For this hat I decided to use the leftovers of my Blue Heron Rayon Metallic yarn from my first Rain Outside shawl and a very old skein of Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sport in Rock Creek Park, a lovely deep teal. I love how the metallic pops through when you wear it with the teal color as the dominant color on the hat. If I’m feeling a bit fancier I can wear the metallic side out.

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Metallic side is dominant here.

I picked this pattern because I loved the wave pattern the brioche created. But she has several really great brioche patterns in her shop that you should check out. I love the shape of this hat and totally want to make that one too.
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I also love that it let’s me use of some of those half skeins of dk weight yarn or leftovers from my jumbo Miss Babs Yowza skeins and turn them into color finished objects. And I’ve got another road trip coming up soon so I just might be knitting up another hat in the car. So have I convinced any of you to pick up your two colors and hop on the brioche band wagon?

Stitching Status: Features & Fun Little Things

In the last week I’ve finished 3 hats and a baby cardigan. I swatched for a sweater for my Mom and a test knit for a spring tee using one of my favorite yarns. I’ve got lots of little things happening all at once. And another little thing that was fun, I was mentioned in a UK knitting magazine.
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Let’s Knit Magazine reached out to me via Ravelry and asked if they could have a picture (preferably with the dogs in knits) to feature my blog at the end of the magazine! I gave them options and they picked the matching Angelina sweaters with Jellybean. They sent over the layout so I could see it and that was pretty cool! Other cool things…
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So one of the hats I finished was made with this yummy yarn. It is Audubon Worsted from the Fiberist and it’s just lovely. My girlfriend Alisa is on a sabbatical from her job in Brazil and has been in the states and came to visit. I took her with me to my LYS one day and she asked me why I hadn’t knit her anything and I told it was because she’s lived in the Middle East and now Brazil so she didn’t really need anything warm. But while she’s in the states she’s been freezing so she asked for a purple hat. I’ll share the details next week on the finished project but this my first time picking up a skein of the Fiberist yarn and I would totally go back to it again. Pictures really don’t do it justice.
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And one last little thing…Jellybean with the world’s smallest teddy bear chew toy. It’s just the cutest thing to me. Have a great weekend!