FO: Askews Me Shawl

Before we get to the knitting I have to say, THANK YOU. To all of my readers, old and new, I thank you for all the love you’ve shown me over the last 2 weeks. I have been overwhelmed by all of the Ravelry messages, blog comments, Instagram comments and emails I’ve gotten about EVERYTHING. It has all been nothing short of amazing, kind and at times things that have brought me to tears with your heart warming words. A girlfriend of mine who doesn’t knit but loves to see what I make read the MDK interview and the comments and said to me, ‘Those people really get YOU, D.’ That made me smile. Yarn people are my people 🙂 Okay, enough with the sentimental stuff and on to my latest finished object!
Askews Me Shawl
I have found that two color brioche is kind of mindless knitting for me. When you need a reset or something in between projects, brioche is perfect for me. I can memorize the pattern, I’m a little engaged but not so engrossed and I’m always a little challenged.  I’m sure that’s odd to some but we all have different knitting quirks. So after my latest sweaters and in between working on my Togue Pond Tank (since summer refuses to come) I decided to make the West Knits Askews Me Shawl.
Askews Me Shawl
First, can I say it’s hard as hell to photograph a full shawl. I tried to pin it to a wall to get a good pic and didn’t have enough pins! This baby is huge (taller than me at 5 feet 4 inches) and it has an unusual shape, almost like a stingray. I used almost a full skein (560 yards) of Miss Babs Yowza in Sunday Funday(the lighter variegated color) and 550 yards of Neighborhood Fiber Company Studio Worsted in Georgetown, a gorgeous deep cobalt blue (I found a skein of it I thought I lost in my yarn room…clearly I’ve got to clean up more). I mix Yowza and Studio Worsted up a lot in projects (examples seen here and here to name a few), they’re both a light worsted that I feel leans more on the dk side and they pair nicely together. Added bonus their skeins are 560 yards and 400 yards so I have fewer ends to weave in when I’m finished.
Askews Me Shawl
I also realize I always seems to like the lighter side of whatever brioche project I create, which is usually considered the wrong side but since it’s reversible does it really matter? I photographed both sides but clearly I only liked the lighter side but hopefully you can see both sides when I modeled it worn. I really enjoyed this knit but this I’m not keeping this one, it’s going to a friend. It’s a bit of a thank you gift, but now I want to make one for myself with all kinds of stripes of color from my leftover skeins of dk weight yarn I’ve got hanging around. That might just be my next little in between project I work on. And speaking of gifts…
Askews Me Shawl
One of my closest friends was recently in Ireland for work and bought me what he called a cheesy souvenir but I just call it adorable. A green (my favorite color) traditional aran sweater mug!! I don’t even want to drink coffee out of it so I think it will go in my craft room and hold knitting supplies. I think that’s where it really belongs.

So have I finally convinced the rest of you to jump on the brioche bandwagon with me? I actually want to do the Askews Me Dress too!

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May 2018 Finished Objects

May is coming to a close and I thought I’d do my May round-up a day early. I knit a little and a lot.
May’s FO’s
Here’s what I was able to accomplish in the month of May:

  • I’ve got my matching Durumi tees for me and the Bean. I really do love how this color combo came out. And how perfectly Beanie’s tiny tee came out too.
  • My test knit for Tin Can Knits. It’s still under embargo so I can’t share the finished object photos (they’re really good), but look at how pretty this Miss Babs Yowza colorway came out!
  • And finally my Dotted Rays shawl. I love this thing. It’s huge and the yarn is squishy and it’s keeping me warm in my freezing office.

A small collection of pieces but all worth the time and the yarn. And now I’ve got a metallic pink Togue Pond tank on my needles and I’m thinking of starting up an Askews Me Shawl as a gift for a friend.  What were you able to finish this month? What are you working on next?

FO: 1.25 Durumi Tees

I did it! I was able to whip up a tiny Durumi tee for Jellybean to coordinate with mine. I love long weekends where I can dedicate my time to foolishness.
Durumi tees
Because aren’t the silly things that make you smile the best things in life? I think so.
Durumi tees

I had another color palette originally in mind for this sweater and then I went digging through my stash for one thing and totally forgot I still had this lovely red orange yarn leftover and that it would probably pop really well with a neutral – I was right. Add in a little touch of bright blue and you’ve got a fun piece. I’ve also been super surprised by how many people have told me ‘no one ever does colorwork with cotton’ or ‘colorwork with cotton is so difficult.’ Well, it has been pretty enjoyable for me and I’m happy to take colorwork patterns I really like and make them wearable for spring/summer.
Durumi tees
The only thing I would probably change would be to make the neck opening smaller. My friend Lavon noticed it when I showed her my work in progress and I hadn’t noticed in the pics how wide the neckline was but it doesn’t make it unwearable. I just have a mental note if I make this again.
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If you follow my Instagram stories you probably saw Jellybean’s sweater come to life over the weekend. I needed a break from the body stockinette and I picked up the yarn and did the math to make her a tiny sweater. This little yoke tickled me to no end. And since I didn’t want her sweater to blend in completely with mine I changed up the color order a bit so she’d stand out when I hold her.
Durumi tees
This is her favorite way to be held and if I hold her like this long enough she’ll rest her head on my shoulder and go to sleep. She’s such a sweet little nugget.
Durumi tees
I also think she was over all of my photos at this point. And if you’re worried about whether or not Cher wanted a sweater…Cher and the Durumi tees
She gets super hot in the summer and overheats easily, so I knew I wasn’t making her one. And Bean is the opposite and is freezing in the AC and her belly is pretty hairless, so clothes are necessary all year. Besides, Cher just wants to sit on soft knits, not actually wear them.
Durumi tees
And now before I start on another Pom Pom Magazine project I’ve decided I need a metallic pink Togue Pond tank to go with my rose gold clogs. Priorities!