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!

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FO: Winston Pullover

Alright, back to our regularly scheduled programming – let’s talking about knitting! Despite school starting last week, January has been a pretty productive month for me thus far. I’ve been working on quick projects. And when I popped in to my local Joann’s the other day to grab some black yarn for a dog sweater, I saw this fun Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Stripes yarn in cream and red. It immediately made me think of one of my favorite girlfriends because her sorority colors are red and white and their Founders Day was coming up. The yarn was on sale for 25% off, plus another coupon so I grabbed enough to make her the Winston Pullover.
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I saw this pattern on Jane Richmond’s Instagram account a while back and thought, that could be a fun quick knit in the future. Super bulky yarn knit on size 17 needles means you can finish a sweater in a weekend or a little more. I’m also asked all the time about good first time sweater projects and Jane’s patterns are always clear and simple and this could be a less intimidating sweater to make as your first sweater.
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I knew going into this that the stripes on the arms weren’t going to be the same width as the ones on the body but that didn’t bother me. I wanted to make a cozy and fun sweater for a friend. She’s a fellow professor (really, she’s the reason why I teach) and when she’s home she’s chasing after her two young daughters. This is perfectly paired with leggings and the yarn is machine washable and dryer friendly – which makes it life friendly.
Winston pullover
She is slightly smaller than me and shorter, so I made the size 40 and it fits me. But if I wanted a bit more ease and coziness like it shows on her, I’d knit myself a 42. Thick and quick also comes in a bunch of fun colors and stripe patterns (there’s a grey and neon pink colorway calling my name) so there might be more of these quick knits for some of my friends and family in the future.

FO: Wonder Woman Hat & Goals for 2019

It’s only the second week of the year and I’m two finished objects down! Woohoo! And for my first finished object of the year I decided to finish a gift for a friend who just turned 40, the Wonder Woman Hat.
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I wanted to do a little brioche knitting, it’s the same way I started off 2018. Brioche is so soothing to me, I don’t know why. So I dove into my stash (a goal of mine for 2019, use my stash) and pulled out this awesome combination based on a coat my friend Susan has that I wanted to coordinate. The yarns are more of my leftover Tempting Ewe Yarns Ewe So DK and Sparkly (I bought sweater quantity at Sheep and Wool two years ago and have made a lot of things with it) and Madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK in a Game of Thrones color, Daenerys. Her coat was black, white, blue and red and the Daenerys color had all of those and more and instead of white, I used the metallic grey to add a softer contrast. And I had a perfectly colored pom pom to add on top. It was a combination that was meant to be.
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I did have to frog this one when I got halfway through because brioche knitting and wine really don’t mix. I put in a lifeline on my second go round but didn’t need it and was able to finish it even faster. And the hat fits Susan perfectly and goes with a bunch of her coats!

Now about my 2019 goals. I always have goals and plans and then never follow them. I always want to knit all the things but this year I really want to just knit with what’s in my stash as much as I possibly can. My stash is out of control and my Mom gave me yarn money for Christmas so I know there will be more yarn in my future, but really my stash is awesome and I need to stop hoarding it and start knitting with it! Too often I think ‘this skein is too pretty to use,’ but I need to just use it and make really pretty things. I also want to keep pushing myself to try new things. And I want to make an enamel pin this year! I’ve had an idea for a long time in my head for a Yards of Happiness logo and I think it would make a really fun pin for a project bag or jacket, so I want to make that happen this year.

What are your knitting related goals for 2019?