FO: Little Women Cardigan

Little Women Lillian cardigan
One of my  favorite books of all time is Little Women. I have sisters and I’m the youngest and it just always stuck with me when I was a kid. Plus I love all the movie versions. I haven’t read it in years but for Christmas my BFF Jess gave me this lovely illustrated version as one of my gifts and I just adore the cover. I think the colors seeped into my subconscious and made me order the Crystal Palace Panda Pearl yarn in Tropical Parrot because it was similar in color (minus the teal).
Crystal Palace Panda Pearl
I ordered this yarn without any real project in mind or without knowing how it would feel. It was on sale on Little Knits for 60% off. The skeins are typically $18.90 a piece and instead were marked down to $7.56 so I decided to give it a try – the description won me over. I’m so glad I did because it is the PERFECT spring/summer/fall yarn. It’s 53% Bamboo, 42% Merino Wool and 5% Silk and it feels so soft and light in your hands, it’s like a little cloud. The drape is also beautiful and the way the color worked up turned into a wonderful surprise with a slight sheen to it. I was sort of expecting stripes but instead I got this abstract camouflage print that I love. So when I got the wonderfully squishy hanks in the mail, I immediately decided the baby dress I was working on but realized I had twisted the join and didn’t care to cast on 188 stitches again could wait. I needed to make something with this squishy yarny goodness, but what?
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Ever since I made my cousin Safia the Lillian cardigan in this lovely green back in 2015 I’ve wanted one for myself. When she was visiting last month we talked about how much she loves that cardigan and wears it all the time. And I said to myself, I need to make myself a Lillian at some point and then I decided that I’d make it with this yarn but in a lighter, short sleeved version for spring and into summer. The end result is what I’m calling my Little Women Cardigan.
Little Women Lillian cardigan
It turned out exactly how I wanted it to in my mind. I made two small modifications: short, elbow length sleeves and since the yarn was much lighter and had lots of drape I opted out of a ribbed neckband and went with garter stitch instead. I think it was the right choice because ribbing would’ve just been too flimsy on this one.
Little Women Lillian cardigan
The cardigan has a deep green, pink, a peachy/muted orange and teal in it. It matches so many things in my wardrobe. And I can’t say enough how much I love how the color pools and creates this abstract pattern. To highlight the little bit of sheen in the yarn when I wore it to work this week I paired it with a pale pink tee with rose gold dots and a dark green pencil skirt. It wore well through the day and I had just a little bit of fuzz on the inside of the sweater from wear but the outside held up beautifully. I’m absolutely obsessed with this yarn and ordered a bit more in a gorgeous red and a natural cream color for another light pullover I want to make for fall.
Little Women Lillian cardigan
I still have 3 full skeins and about one 1/2 skein left and don’t know what I’ll do with it but I know I definitely want to make something else with this dreamy yarn. I totally plan on wearing this baby all the time because even though it’s only April my office is already freezing!

Has anyone else ever given this yarn a try? Or what other kinds of dreamy yarns are out there that I don’t know about?

FO: Bow Down to the Crown

Since I’ve been sick for the last 2 weeks this has pretty much been my view.
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Jellybean didn’t leave an inch between us every single day. If I coughed she’d put her paw on me like ‘it’s okay, it’ll stop soon.’ And Cher on the other hand was like ‘you’re coughing too loudly so I’m going to leave and take a nap elsewhere until you get this under control.’ LOL I love her but at almost 13 years old Cher likes a bit of solitude sometimes and I respect that. But I can say that today is the first day in a while that I woke up feeling like myself. Thank goodness. I’m not 100% but I’ll take 80% Dana over the 20% I had been functioning on for the last 2 weeks.
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But in between naps and doses of medicine I accomplished some good mindless knitting and I made two small crowns for Maddie and her baby sister Olivia.
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When Maddie was a baby her Dad used to love this little pink crocheted headband and he’d put it on her all the time. He asked me early on if I could make a bigger one once she grew out of it. I searched for a while to find a knit crown and just couldn’t find an easy one and then suddenly I found the Circlet pattern and I was super excited to whip up 2 crowns. Oh and the bear as a model? That’s my childhood teddy bear Arlana. I still have her and few other choice dolls and they’re all in pristine condition.
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For Maddie I used some of the scrap yarn from my sister’s Seagrass cardigan. Maddie loves all things sparkly and pink and girly so I thought this was a good color for her. Added bonus this yarn has a lot of stretch to it, so much so I need to take out one of the peaks since it’s just a tiny bit big.
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And for Olivia I used the scraps from the Clap Your Hands yarn I used on the Acid Rain Shawl. Since I used dk weight yarn I used a size 5 needle on both of these and just knit until I got the inches required for each age. The pattern calls for sport weight but also says you can substitute for any yarn weight you want. You can whip 1 up in a hour! And it’s a super cute little add-on to a baby gift. Oh and did I mention the pattern is free? The sizes go from baby to adult, so you can even make one for yourself if you’re feeling fancy. I love cutesy little knits like this.

FO: Sparkly Seagrass for My Sister

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With my trusty helpers Cher and Jellybean constantly in my lap and sitting on my yarn, I was able to finish my sister’s Sparkly Seagrass sweater over the weekend.
Anne's Sparkly Seagrass
Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures of her wearing it because I dropped it off to her at work the other day and she quickly slipped it on to make sure it fit and I needed to get back to my office. But I knew one thing for certain when I was making this sweater – she would love the sparkly yarn and she did.
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I bought this new to me Tempting Ewe So DK and Sparkly yarn at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival last spring. When I saw it the purple-pink color caught my eye and the fact that there was a great sparkly thread running through made me snatch up a sweater’s quantity. It is a superwash and washed up very soft and has a lovely drape to it. I definitely want more and they’re just in Baltimore so I know I can always go back. I think I knew all along that my sister Anne would have something made from this yarn because she sweats glitter. LOL She’s so feminine and girly that I knew I needed to make something with this just for her.  Plus with the waist shaping and the lace on the bottom it gives a really feminine feel to a simple cardigan. And since we’re in this cool spring season I thought why not make her something short sleeved that she can wear now and add a long sleeve to it later?
Anne's Sparkly Seagrass
My only issue I had with the Seagrass pattern is that I get careless with the lace pattern. It’s a simple and easy to memorize pattern but if you get caught up watching something on TV you inevitably end up skipping a stitch or two somewhere and have to frog it back. I may have done that about 8 times but in the end I was able to fix my mistakes. I think it’s a good contrast to my original Seagrass cardigan I made for myself. It’s kind of like how different we are even though we’re sisters.
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In case you were wondering, this is Anne. Sisters!