Stitching Status: Closing Out The Year

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It’s New Year’s Eve and I’m ready for two days of lounging, knitting on the couch snuggled between the dogs and my husband while we watch TV marathons. I was actually able to finish his vest before the end of the year! Hopefully I can get a picture of him in it before he’s back to work this week. I’m also now obsessed with the lightness of the Berroco Remix yarn I used for it and of course I want to make myself something with it in 2019. I’ve also been looking at the Best Nine of my photos on Instagram this year and of course they’re all knitting related.
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I don’t post a ton but what I do post that is liked the most are my sweaters! No surprise here. But I also love seeing the range of colors I post too.
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Of course shades of teal from my kitchen wall are always prominent but this year my colors varied a lot. I knit the rainbow and there is lots of pink! But I definitely see more green in my future. Whatever 2019 holds, I know for sure there will be more knitting and more joy. Here’s hoping your new year is your best yet! See you in 2019.

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Happy Everything!

I know, Christmas is on Tuesday but I figured I wouldn’t post for a few days and wanted to wish those of you who celebrate it a Merry Christmas. AND I wanted to share our holiday photos since our cards have been in the mail and are making it to our friends.
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This was the main photo we used this year on a card that says ‘Happy Everything!’ We have friends of all faiths who celebrate so many things that I don’t like to leave anyone out, so I feel like Happy Everything covers it all. LOL. This year I wanted to knit Kendell a vest but it didn’t work out the way I wanted it to so I just let it go, it’s okay for everything to not go as planned. I’m wearing my Rosemont cardigan and I used the Periwinkle Sheep Intent yarn from that cardigan to knit Cher a Sparkle pullover. And I used the Sparkle pattern for Jellybean’s but with the fun variegated yarn from my stash. Here are a few of the other great photos from that same day. And for those who are wondering, I take the photos myself with my DSLR camera on a tripod with a remote control in my kitchen. That’s where the big teal wall is in my house and there’s a big sliding glass door that gives off so much light it’s a great place to take photos.
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Kendell was trying to get a picture with both dogs and Jellybean kept running to me so she was a bit of blur in the photos and it made him laugh. His laugher and Cher’s seriousness just cracks me up. This one is definitely getting printed and put on my desk at work.
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And Cher always looks like a tiny hostage. LOL But she is super loved, I promise. We know as she gets older her patience with these things is very short so she was only tortured for a few minutes.
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2018 had some ups and downs like any year but for the most part it was a good year. I’ve had so many big changes and at the end of this year I’m feeling so much happier and lighter than I ever imagined. I’m looking forward to 2019 and what new things it has to offer. And next week, I’ll do a few of my favorite things I made this year posts just to recap my year of making. Merry Christmas!

FO: Holiday Sparkle x2

I knew I wanted to take our holiday photos on Sunday morning but I hadn’t knit Cher and Jellybean’s sweaters yet. Friday night I finished my test knit, so I knew Saturday I was going to need a few hours to whip up the girls’ sweaters. I decided to keep it simple and follow a pattern I know and love. Up first, Jellybean’s Sparkle sweater.
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Is this photo not the most perfect? I wanted to get both the dogs on their couch in their holiday sweaters but Cher really has about a 2 minute threshold for photos so I was saving her patience for our family photos. I bought this little couch for the girls when I saw it at HomeGoods a while back. Best purchase I’ve ever made. It’s a really well made piece of furniture and when company comes, my dogs have their own space and don’t get mad that company is on the couch. Plus, IT’S ADORABLE! So I pulled it into the kitchen where we were going to take our photos to test the light and see how Jellybean did posing. Clearly she was made for this modeling life.
Jellybean’s holiday
I knit the Sparkle sweater with Dancing Leaf Farms Charleston worsted weight yarn in the Game of Thrones colorway, Targaryen. It’s so soft and snuggly and it only took me 2.5 hours from start to finish. Cher’s Sparkle sweater just need an extra hour since she’s bigger but getting a pic…that’s even harder.
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I knew I was going to wear my Rosemont cardigan for our pictures so I decided since Kendell always holds Cher in our photos that she could match me. I used that lovely Periwinkle Sheep Intent yarn in Rose Quartz to make her sweater and it’s as little roomier on her because it’s an aran weight but I don’t think she minds.
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Plus, putting clothes on a fussy senior requires a bit of extra room to make it easier on us. I had to stalk Cher around the water bowl to try and get a picture of her in her sweater so you could see the fit. LOL She’s such a little diva but I love her so much. And here’s a sneaky little peek of our photos, this is one of our outtakes.
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I typically take all of our photos. I have a Canon DSLR, a tripod, a remote control and a very patient pack. My husband even set up a fan to keep us cool while we fussed with the dogs. We get down on the kitchen floor in front of my big teal wall and flood the room with light from the back door. It’s kind of a perfect backdrop. And after all that modeling, treat eating and picture taking…
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Let’s just say our house was pretty quiet for the rest of the day. More pics to come of our actual holiday photos soon!