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.
Sheep and Wool haul
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!

Stitching Status: Preparing for Snow

They’re saying we’re finally getting snow this year and it waited for when I’m on spring break from teaching. Thanks, Mother Nature. It’s fine, I’m not traveling and we actually got my cousin a ticket to come fly out from Chicago to see us on Wednesday so she’ll be flying in after the snow is supposed to hit us. Unfortunately she was hoping to escape Chicago’s cold for DC’s milder temperatures…that’s not going to happen. Oh well. So what will I be working on if I get a snow day tomorrow (finger’s crossed)?
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Remember my Seagrass cardigan? I’m working on a two color version for my sister Anne. I’m using that lovely sparkly Tempting Ewe yarn I picked up at the Sheep and Wool Festival last year. I had ideas for something for myself but the sparkle screams my sister Anne. Plus since it’s already March and spring is supposed to be on the way I figured I would make her a short sleeved sweater for this transitional time of year. It’ll be a nice layering piece.
Sea grass cardigan
Here’s a back view of my version. I’m using the pink/purple yarn color for the ribbing at the back waste, the garter stitch trim at the bottom and the collar. If I have enough of it I’ll also add a touch of color to the ribbing on the sleeves. We shall see. I had to put it down last night after I missed a stitch twice on the lace and had to go back a full row. Sometimes my eyes need to focus on something else so I picked up my Find Your Fade Shawl.
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I’ve added my fifth color since I took this picture but I don’t have enough of the bright blue yarn to do a full pattern repeat so I’m going to be adding in my sixth color soon! I’m using the leftover Periwinkle Sheep yarns bright sapphire blue from my Mom’s sweater I made her for Christmas. I wanted to incorporated that yarn into my fade but knew I wouldn’t have the full yardage I needed but I think the pop of color will still look really good. I can’t tell you how much I love making this shawl. It’s a good piece to pick up in between other projects. I’m sure I’ll make another one in the future for someone else. And in non-knitting related news I’ve been working on getting the dogs to take better selfies. LOL
Selfies!
Clearly this is time well spent. I just crack up because they always look at me. But they’re cute memories to have on my phone.

What are you working on currently?

FO: Storm Tracker Test Knit

I signed up last month to do a test knit for knitwear designer Alicia Plummer. I agreed for a couple of reasons:

  1. It was a worsted weight sweater, so I knew I could finish it fairly quickly (11 days)
  2. The mock neck turtleneck style was one my sister would love and I still hadn’t knit her a new sweater.
  3. It was a top down knit with textured sleeves and I’d been interested in that kind of design.
  4. I had the yarn.
  5. She didn’t have a crazy rigid timeline.

So I made the Storm Tracker sweater.
Textured sleeve sweater
Here’s the finished product. I modeled it myself because I knew I needed pictures for the test knit and my sister hates almost any photo you take of her.
Textured sleeve sweater
In my version you can see I made only a few modifications. I went with 3/4 length sleeves because in the DC/MD/VA area we don’t always need full on wool sweaters. This sleeve length makes it a little less hot. Also the pattern called for 5 inches of neck ribbing and I only went with 3.
Textured sleeve sweater
It has a little bit of ease built into it so it doesn’t just cling to the body and the hardest part for me was reading the cables once you work the sleeves in the round after you’ve separated them from the body. It’s a simple 1/1 cable but I had to pull my cabling needle out and I hadn’t done that in a while. I definitely love the texture and I can see myself making it with just an inch of ribbing at the neckline for myself. Oh and the yarn was Knit Picks Swish Worsted, their superwash worsted weight yarn. I had a bunch in a lovely heathered indigo color that I knew my sister would love. It washed up beautifully and was super soft when I wore it. I’d definitely use this one again.
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Added bonus, I thought with all of our warm weather my sister wasn’t going to get to wear her sweater until next fall/winter but I was surprised at brunch by her and my Mom wearing their knit goods. I’m currently swatching to make a spring sweater for my sister Anne, so she’s not being left out.