FO: Matching Set

I’m getting to the end of the month and wanted to share another set of finished objects I made. I was hoping to get modeled photos but hadn’t as of yet so I wanted to share the projects anyway. My best friend Steven has a beautiful King Charles Spaniel named Sophie. You may remember that I knit her a sweater before and I made him a matching tie. Well this time as a belated Christmas gift I made Steven a hat that coordinated with a new sweater for Sophie.
Cute pairings
If I ever had a line of dog sweaters I’d just make coordinating hats for the owners, it’s the easiest matching pair. And for Steven I knew I wanted to make them a coordinated set and because he’s so NY and wears a ton of black on the when he’s not at work I knew I wanted to knit them something black but with a little something extra added to it. I’ve had a skein and a half leftover from my Caldwell cape of this really fun yarn from the Lemonade Shop called Mega Stuffed Toxic Oreo and it always reminds me of graffiti and I thought it would be the perfect contrast with black. I went with a soft acrylic yarn, Premier Yarns Everyday Worsted Solids, to help with wear and tear since I knew it would be on the body of the dog sweater.
Cute pairings
I decided to make the Max sweater pattern for Sophie and make the triangle accents look like an exaggerated shirt collar. I really love how it turned out in the end. And I love the purl accent on the body so the sweater that looks like it has fancy seams running down the back.
Cute pairings
For the hat I went with the Purl Soho Classic Cuffed Hat because I knew it had inches of ribbing for the brim which would adapt well to an accent color.
Cute pairings
Both projects were super soft and so cute together. And Steven sent me the cutest boomerang video when he opened his package.
Steven and his gifts
He told me I outdid myself this time and promised to send pictures soon. I’ll make sure to share them when I get them.

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Stitching Status: It’s Okay to Frog It

Although I am fast, I am not a perfect knitter. And almost every project I work on teaches me something new. I think that’s one of the things I love about knitting, there’s always something to learn. A new cast-on, a new stitch pattern, a new construction method, a new fiber…the list could go on forever. My latest works in progress is the Party Top sweater (I told you I’m trying to clear out my stash and this is a perfect stash buster for some of my leftover dk weight). I decided since it was a simple dk weight sweater that I could try something new, adding in a strand of mohair!
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I’ve been seeing mohair a lot lately, I’ve been curious so I took my Fibre Space gift card my Mom gave me for Christmas and picked up two skeins of Neighborhood Fiber Co. Loft a silk and mohair lace weight yarn to add to the sweater. I initially thought I was going to add this mohair to a white speckled yarn but when I pulled out a skein of Berroco Vintage DK in Breezeway from my stash it seemed like it was a better way to let the mohair yarn really shine and I was right. If you want to see a bit of what the blue green yarn looked like on its own check out my Pippi Sweater. So what did I learn with this project?
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That frogging back is sometimes very necessary and that mohair isn’t easy to rip back. It’s delicate and can get tangled but if you have a little patience you can make it work.  The top picture is when I was close to what I thought would be the end of my raglan increases but the initial instructions and chart threw me for a loop…so I ended up ripping back to the neckline and starting over. And now, it’s smooth sailing. And I have to say I’m proud of myself because I ripped all the way back to the neckline ribbing and was able to get it all back on my needles. Years ago I would have just started all over again. With time and patience you learn how to do better.

What have you learned from a knitting project? Maybe something you learned can help someone else too!

FO: Boxed Pullover

This is my 500th post on Yards of Happiness. Wow! That kind of blows my mind that I’ve stuck to it this long. So thanks for reading with me. Now on to the latest finished object…

I have been staring at my overflowing stash and have really wanted to focus on using the yarn I have. At least making a big enough dent in my stash before Maryland Sheep and Wool and because I have some really beautiful yarn. I also really love this Madelinetosh Vintage color, Clue Board from 1984 and I wanted to use the rest of it (you may remember it as the accent color in my brioche cardigan I made in October). So I dug through my sweaters I’ve favorited on Ravelry, thought about something with a bigger gauge to make the 800 yards I had left work and landed on the Boxed Pullover.
Boxed pullover
This isn’t my usual silhouette but I’ve seen so many other people wear cute cropped pullovers that I thought, why not try it? Too often we just say this isn’t for me and miss out on something good. I’m glad I decided to knit this one because I love it. I’m glad I stepped out of my comfort zone. And if I didn’t like it I’d either give it to my BFF or just frog it, no harm no foul. The only modifications I made were to make the body pieces 2 inches longer than specified and make the sleeves 2 inches shorter – so I knew I’d have enough yarn to balance it all out. I think I had enough leftover that I could’ve added another inch to the body, but the 10 inches from underarm is the perfect cropped length for me. And since my arms are shorter, the original 13-inch sleeve would’ve been too long on me, know your measurements so you know what to modify to suit your shape better!
Boxed pullover
One of the reasons I wanted to try this silhouette is because I wear a lot of high waisted pants and I thought it would work. These are a pair of fun high waisted wide leg jeans that I love. I’ve also paired it with skinny jeans over a longer top too. Next I’m going to throw it on top of a short sleeved dress. I really, really love this color. It’s like a rainbow with a charcoal grey wash on top of it, it’s a perfect neutral in my book.
Boxed pullover
Also, this sweater is knit in pieces and seamed. That’s not my favorite technique but I told myself I really need to get better at it, so I’m going to also stop using excuses for things I don’t like to do to keep me from making what I like. And maybe the more I work on it, the better I will get. Maybe.