FO: Holiday Sparkle x2

I knew I wanted to take our holiday photos on Sunday morning but I hadn’t knit Cher and Jellybean’s sweaters yet. Friday night I finished my test knit, so I knew Saturday I was going to need a few hours to whip up the girls’ sweaters. I decided to keep it simple and follow a pattern I know and love. Up first, Jellybean’s Sparkle sweater.
Jellybean’s holiday
Is this photo not the most perfect? I wanted to get both the dogs on their couch in their holiday sweaters but Cher really has about a 2 minute threshold for photos so I was saving her patience for our family photos. I bought this little couch for the girls when I saw it at HomeGoods a while back. Best purchase I’ve ever made. It’s a really well made piece of furniture and when company comes, my dogs have their own space and don’t get mad that company is on the couch. Plus, IT’S ADORABLE! So I pulled it into the kitchen where we were going to take our photos to test the light and see how Jellybean did posing. Clearly she was made for this modeling life.
Jellybean’s holiday
I knit the Sparkle sweater with Dancing Leaf Farms Charleston worsted weight yarn in the Game of Thrones colorway, Targaryen. It’s so soft and snuggly and it only took me 2.5 hours from start to finish. Cher’s Sparkle sweater just need an extra hour since she’s bigger but getting a pic…that’s even harder.
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I knew I was going to wear my Rosemont cardigan for our pictures so I decided since Kendell always holds Cher in our photos that she could match me. I used that lovely Periwinkle Sheep Intent yarn in Rose Quartz to make her sweater and it’s as little roomier on her because it’s an aran weight but I don’t think she minds.
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Plus, putting clothes on a fussy senior requires a bit of extra room to make it easier on us. I had to stalk Cher around the water bowl to try and get a picture of her in her sweater so you could see the fit. LOL She’s such a little diva but I love her so much. And here’s a sneaky little peek of our photos, this is one of our outtakes.
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I typically take all of our photos. I have a Canon DSLR, a tripod, a remote control and a very patient pack. My husband even set up a fan to keep us cool while we fussed with the dogs. We get down on the kitchen floor in front of my big teal wall and flood the room with light from the back door. It’s kind of a perfect backdrop. And after all that modeling, treat eating and picture taking…
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Let’s just say our house was pretty quiet for the rest of the day. More pics to come of our actual holiday photos soon!

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FO: Windschief

This is a hat. Specifically, this is the Windschief hat by West Knits. I made this hat for my husband two weeks ago. Thankfully I took this picture of it before he got home. Why? Because I haven’t seen it since I gave it to him. Let me explain…
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At the beginning of the month my husband made a request for two hats, one grey and one black. He wanted them short so there wasn’t a brim, fitted like another hat he had and preferably with a cable. I opted out of the cable because I kind of hate them. He also wanted to go to the yarn shop with me to pick out the yarn. He picked out Spud and Chloe Sweater in a lovely deep heathered grey and a black. Did I mention to you guys how particular he is? And since he never makes requests when he does I take them seriously.

So I settled on the Windschief because I’ve made it before and since he wasn’t getting a cable, I wanted the hat to have some interest and texture. I whipped it up on a weekend while he was playing golf, showed it to him and asked him to try it on before I blocked and then I never saw it again. He’s worn it every day since. And since he gets home before me by the time I get home to photograph him he’s stripped down from his cute work clothes. So this is all you will see of his hat and I’m not mad because at least I know he likes it and it’s serving its purpose. Maybe by the time I knit the black one I’ll get him to pose for some pics for me. Fingers crossed.

FO: Rosemont Cardigan

Let’s start the week off with a finished object, shall we? Here is my finished Rosemont Cardigan.
Rosemont
This pattern is from the Hannah Fettig, Home and Away Collection. From this collection I’ve knit a three colored Lesley sweater and the Boothbay cardigan that did not flatter my ample behind AT ALL. It is now the prized possession of my BFF Jessica. I love the patterns in this book and that she offers seamed and seamless versions of each pattern. I wanted Boothbay to be my ultimate cardigan and when that curved hem shape failed me I decided to one day knit Rosemont instead. I love a good shawl collar and with the straight edge hem I knew it wouldn’t sit up on my butt in a bad way. I was holding onto a significant quantity of Periwinkle Sheep Intent yarn in this soft and lovely Rose Quartz color. Honestly, Intent is one of my favorite yarns. I will admit though, the toughest part of this cardigan was all the stitches for that shawl collar. Goodness gracious, 300 stitches takes a bit of time to work out but I finished!
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I know most people don’t think this is my typical color but I love a good blush shade. It’s almost like a neutral and it matches a ton of stuff already in my closet. Case in point, this cardigan goes perfectly with my Rose Gold Bryr clogs and I recently picked up one of their Clogs & Dogs tote bag supporting North Valley Animal Disaster Group, a North Valley organization that is on the ground, saving the lives of animals effected by the recent devastating California wild fires. I also added a 157 of Gemma embroidered patch of the dog Mochi to the tote. Mochi’s adventures are one of my favorite cartoons.
Rosemont
I’m also hoping this cardigan will be a part of our handmade holiday photos this year! I’ve got some lovely yarn for coordinating sweaters for the dogs and I’m almost finished with Kendell’s vest. I may have to alter it a bit from my original plan because the Remix yarn is lighter than I anticipated. But we shall see. So that’s what I was able to finish over my Thanksgiving break, what about you?