Stitching Status: Travel Brioche

I’m traveling this week for an annual trade show for work that is always hectic, slightly stressful and full of long days. But I always take knitting with me to try to soothe my nerves and wind down after a long work day. I decided to take two projects with me, my Comfort Fade Cardigan so I could make progress on the body and a new project, a Stephen West Brio-Garter Hat.
Brio-garter hat
I’ve been itching to do something else with 2 color brioche since I finished my sister’s vest but I wanted to take it to the next level. I watched some YouTube videos before I got on the plane about brioche stitch increases and decreases…yeah I didn’t have it down. LOL But this hat starts with an i-cord and then you pick up stitches so it was easy to keep frogging it and starting over once I had already created the i-cord.
Brio-garter hat
I think I started this over 5 times before I realized that in brioche knitting, the stitch with the yarnover that you knit together is consider ONE STITCH. Oops! After that it was easy but that doesn’t mean I didn’t make mistakes. I’d start with the wrong color or start purling instead of knitting or do a left decrease instead of a right decrease. Despite my mistakes, I finished a lovely hat the other night that taught me a lot in the process.  Even with my mistakes it looks really good! I’ll have to take proper pics once I get back home. And speaking of back home…of course I miss my husband but I’m definitely missing these fuzzy butts.
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But I’ll be home soon! Now during down time I’m trying to figure out what my next brioche project should be!

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FO: Purple Rain

For the last few years the first project of the year I finish is typically something for my cousin Safia in Chicago. We also send her an after Christmas/Kwanzaa box filled with gifts and something handmade, we’ve been doing this with her since she went to college. Last year it was her red Lila Winter sweater. The year before that was her pretty pink raglan sweater. This year when I asked her if she had any requests she told me she’d like a nice wrap or big scarf she could use for when she’s cold at work. I immediately thought about the Rain Outside.
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I’ve knit this shawl four times now (shawls #1, #2 and #3)! Clearly this is a favorite pattern. And in the back of my mind I knew I wanted to use this variegated yarn that went from orange to pink to dark purple that I bought the very first time we went to Chicago to visit Safia.
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I lost the label a while ago and the yarn shop has since closed but I knew that Chicago yarn had to be a part of her shawl, I had 400 yards. But what to contrast it with? Well Periwinkle Sheep yarn had an awesome Black Friday sale and I picked up this gorgeous purple dk yarn, Safia’s favorite color. I love Periwinkle Sheep for her really vivid and true dye colors, just gorgeous. (Periwinkle is the bright blue yarn I used for my Mom’s Christmas sweater last year)
Purple Rain
I didn’t know how this yarn blend was going to work out but man this is vibrant and fun. Pictures honestly don’t do it justice.
Purple Rain
And now it is being delivered to its new owner in Chicago…even though it was so lovely I wanted to keep it for myself. But purple and orange aren’t my colors, so I happily gave it away. I can’t wait to see her wearing it.

Little Things Add Up

I’ve been a little quieter than normal lately because my husband just finished a stretch of back to back travel. Typically when he’s away I don’t broadcast it but he’s been out for about two weeks with a 48 hour pop-in,  so it has been me and the girls lately. I don’t mind that he travels but I do miss him while he’s gone.
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But I typically get some good knitting time in when he travels since it’s just me and the girls. Except for when Jellybean wants to play fetch for a solid hour. Then we have to run around the living room. And sometimes Cher hops down and demands a walk.
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But with the weather so nice I made sure to spend a lot of time outside with these two ladies on extra long walks and car rides so they could hang their heads out the window. Plus it wears them out and I’m ensured to have some solid knitting time while they both nap laid across my legs.
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I also went to the park with Maddie and her little sister Olivia last weekend. I was tickled because her Mom put this hat on Liv’s head. It’s a simple little hat knit in Cascade Ultra Pima that I knit it for Maddie as a baby shower gift with the leftover yarn from the matching dress. I can’t believe it fits her sister now. Handmade hand-me-downs for the win!
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That same day at the park it was a little chilly so I had on my Mint Madness sweater (which I think is going to get worn A LOT this fall/winter) and it pairs perfectly with my knit Converse Chuck Taylors – I love it! Also I took my first two color brioche class last night…I’m so glad I took a class. It would’ve taken me a lot longer to understand that stitch on my own!

Just a few of the little things that make me happy lately, what’s making you happy lately?