FO: Big & Bright

Surprise! I knit an entire sweater over a 24 hour period. Yup. I did that – and you can too! Meet the Malmo sweater, one I’ve wanted to make for a while. So how did I end up ditching my plans to finish the body of my Balloon Cardigan and knitting an entire sweater between Friday night and Saturday afternoon?
Malmo Sweater
On Friday I was running errands and while I grabbed lunch I saw Fibre Space posted on Instagram that they were having a winter sale and that Berroco Macro was 50% off. I was down the street from the yarn shop so I drove right on over. I’d had this fun super bulky pattern for the Malmo sweater in my favorites since it came out but couldn’t justify the cost of the yarn but at 50% off I could. I also knew my color choices would be limited to what they had in stock so I went with what they had and I picked purple, yellow and pink for a fun combo.
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I bought more than what I needed (I may make a super bulky brioche scarf with the leftovers) because when I just did two colors for the colorwork I only needed 1 skein for each color and 3 skeins for the body. And I love this pink, it is so vibrant and gorgeous AND I had a hot pink tee in my wardrobe already that was a spot on match.
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I started knitting around 5:30pm on Friday night and got about this far by 10pm. When I picked it back up around 9:30am the next morning I knew it would be smooth sailing since it was just the body left to knit.
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Also, I love floats on colorwork almost as much as I love the right side of the pattern. This is knit top down, the colorwork pattern is super simple and I knit it with size 15 needles. Large needles don’t bother my hands like some people have said, it’s the tiny needles that cramp my hands so I’m happy to knit with super bulky yarns.
Malmo Sweater
It was such a super satisfying knit to finish a sweater by 4pm the day after you cast on. Also I love short sleeved knits for layering. I live in Maryland, not Maine, so when something is a really wooly warm wool I don’t want full sleeves. I’ll only get to wear it once or twice. Now I can totally wear this before spring has sprung. This is a super soft blend of wool, alpaca and acrylic.
Malmo Sweater
So I’ve knit a sweater up in under 12 hours, this is definitely a record (remember, I knit this one in 48 hours in December), so have I convinced anyone else to give this pattern a go? You can knit it with any super bulky you like and I highly suggest you give it a go this long weekend coming up!

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FO: A Glass Ceiling Sweater for Jellybean

I couldn’t resist. I made Jellybean a coordinating Glass Ceiling sweater to match mine.
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It never takes me long and when it’s this quick and easy, you just can’t resist. I also try to make the sweaters look very similar in shape to mine so you’ll notice this sweater has a bit more ease built into it.
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It’s almost like a little dress but it’s all so soft and cozy. Also, look at her tiny popped paw. She’s so stinking cute.
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From the side view you can see that it’s a fuller sweater, I wanted to try something a bit different. I just added in an additional row of increases before I separated for the sleeves to make sure she had the ease built into the sweater. Since I’m working with a much smaller space on Jellybean sized sweaters (reminder, she’s just at 6lbs which is a little bit for a chihuahua) I had to reduce the amount of colors I incorporated into her yoke. I decided to omit the orange-red and the final deep blue. But I kept the black ribbing at the neckline and hem.
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Is it silly to make her a sweater? Perhaps but honestly, she’s always cold. Her little hairless belly makes anything below 50 degrees a bit too cool for her, so she’s wearing clothes every day. And does it make it happy? Absolutely, so I’ll keep on doing it. And if you’re wondering if Cher feels left out…
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She’s been shedding like crazy as her fuller winter coat comes in and she could care less if she’s wearing a sweater or not. She’ll survive. LOL

Happy Everything!

I know, Christmas is on Tuesday but I figured I wouldn’t post for a few days and wanted to wish those of you who celebrate it a Merry Christmas. AND I wanted to share our holiday photos since our cards have been in the mail and are making it to our friends.
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This was the main photo we used this year on a card that says ‘Happy Everything!’ We have friends of all faiths who celebrate so many things that I don’t like to leave anyone out, so I feel like Happy Everything covers it all. LOL. This year I wanted to knit Kendell a vest but it didn’t work out the way I wanted it to so I just let it go, it’s okay for everything to not go as planned. I’m wearing my Rosemont cardigan and I used the Periwinkle Sheep Intent yarn from that cardigan to knit Cher a Sparkle pullover. And I used the Sparkle pattern for Jellybean’s but with the fun variegated yarn from my stash. Here are a few of the other great photos from that same day. And for those who are wondering, I take the photos myself with my DSLR camera on a tripod with a remote control in my kitchen. That’s where the big teal wall is in my house and there’s a big sliding glass door that gives off so much light it’s a great place to take photos.
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Kendell was trying to get a picture with both dogs and Jellybean kept running to me so she was a bit of blur in the photos and it made him laugh. His laugher and Cher’s seriousness just cracks me up. This one is definitely getting printed and put on my desk at work.
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And Cher always looks like a tiny hostage. LOL But she is super loved, I promise. We know as she gets older her patience with these things is very short so she was only tortured for a few minutes.
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2018 had some ups and downs like any year but for the most part it was a good year. I’ve had so many big changes and at the end of this year I’m feeling so much happier and lighter than I ever imagined. I’m looking forward to 2019 and what new things it has to offer. And next week, I’ll do a few of my favorite things I made this year posts just to recap my year of making. Merry Christmas!