FO: For a Sweetheart

Happy Valentine’s Day! It has never been a holiday I make a big deal over (although my husband did propose to me 17 years ago) but I have a girlfriend whose birthday is today (and three others that were this week). She loves hearts and when I was on Ravelry and saw the new pattern for the Sweet Hearts Hat I thought, I can whip this up in time for her birthday.
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I asked her what color winter coat she had and she told me burgundy, black and cream. So I dug through my stash and picked out my Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in Pomegranate and Oyster. Another friend’s birthday was on Tuesday and her husband gave her a gorgeous red coat, so I may make her a red and white version of this hat to go with the new coat too.
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And as I was working on this hat I just kept thinking how cute this print would be as a sweater for Jellybean. So that might be something I whip up over this long holiday weekend. So here’s to a love filled day, I hope it is filled with yummy yarn. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Stitching Status: Trying New Things

I’m getting close to finishing the body for my Balloon Cardigan – YAY! I love this deep rich red so much and I can’t wait to get to working on the big sleeves.
UntitledI’ve been busy this week so I haven’t made as much progress as I want but my weekend is supposed to be pretty quiet so perhaps I’ll make more progress. I feel like this will be a Valentine’s Day present to myself if I can get this finished in the next week. And in other knitting news…
Today’s Knits series
If you follow me on Instagram and you catch my stories, I’ve started a new series I’m calling #todaysknit. I often get asked how often I wear my knits and how I style them and this is kind of a quick selfie before I head out so you can see what knit I’m wearing and what I paired it with. I also include the pattern name, try to tag designers and yarn too.
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You can also find it on my Instagram page if you don’t have the app and you’re curious to see that entire series. And sometimes Jellybean and Cher share their knits too.
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And when Jellybean isn’t sharing her knits, she’s laying on top of the floor vents on the main floor of our home. LOL Stay warm this weekend!

FO: Party Top Sweater

First, there was TONS of great advice in the comments on my post about frogging. I’m going to try to pull it all together into one blog post. Now remember in that same post I was talking about a sweater I had to frog back and now I’m sharing the finished piece! This is the Party Top sweater.
Party Top Sweater
I think I’m falling in love with cropped sweaters. Instead of the fuller cropped silhouette like my Boxed Pullover, this one has a more fitted shape. I decided to knit this one with a strand of Neighborhood Fiber Company Loft yarn, a lace weight mohair yarn and a strand of Berroco Vintage DK in Breezeway from my stash. I’ve heard that mohair can be itchy and make a sweater overwhelmingly hot. I don’t feel like this is itchy at all, it’s super soft. I think because it’s cropped and has shorter sleeves it isn’t an overwhelmingly hot sweater either. Maybe it’s a perfect type of sweater to knit with mohair.

Party Top Sweater
I love the mohair haze on this sweater.

I will admit, if I had more yarn I probably would’ve made it an inch longer but I only had enough to get it to the specified length which is fine with me. I was able to pair it with a couple of of different tops and skirts/pants combos in my wardrobe, so it will work. And I really love the texture the mohair gives and then the added bits of color it gave to what would’ve been just a solid colored sweater make this a little special. Now I’m going to want to add a strand of mohair to everything. LOL
Party Top Sweater
I’ve really been looking at my stash and what I want to make and what gaps I have in my wardrobe. I have four works in progress that I’ve been letting hang out for a bit (and may for a little longer) and I cast on a lovely Balloon Cardigan on Saturday in a gorgeous deep red orange. I’ve been wanting something with a dramatic sleeve and this is definitely it. I’ve also been thinking about things my sisters have wanted me to make them so I’ve been going over the perfect patterns to make them something special this year. I’m excited about knitting and clearly all my productivity is showing my excitement. What are you excited to be making right now?