FO: Rye Tie for Ayo

A good friend our mine has always been impressed with my knitting but the first time he saw me post about knitting a tie he immediately responded that he wanted one. Every time he’s seen me knit one he asks, ‘When can I get one? What do I have to do?’ So when he told me his family was coming up for the Easter holiday/spring break I decided it was time to knit him his own Rye tie.
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The Rye tie is a simple (and free) pattern, you can knit with a worsted weight yarn. I’ve always used one that has a bit of silk in it, Cascade Venezia Worsted. I like the drape the tie has after you finish it and the colors are very saturated. You can knit this over a weekend. And since Ayo is a tall guy he asked if I could make it a little longer than the average tie and that’s easy to do. When I made a Rye tie for my friend Steven he suggested I add a keeper loop to the back to hold the tie in place.
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Since then whenever I knit one I either pick up stitches on the edge and knit a slim bar or like with this one I just knit a garter stitch bar and attached it to the back. An easy solution so that you ensure they want to wear your knitted gift.
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Cher was extremely helpful while I was trying to block his tie. And by helpful I mean she kept standing directly on the tie while I was trying to pin it to my blocking boards. Sigh…gotta love knitting with dogs.
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But I knew the tie was a hit because I gave it to Ayo on Friday and he wore it to church on Sunday for Easter. It’s always good to know your hand knits will get a good home.

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Hand Knit Holiday 2017

I’m often told I’m over the top or too much in the things I do. Often I respond, ‘ok…and?’ or I just keep on doing whatever it is I was doing. Sometimes I wonder, what is the level that I’m being measured on? But in all honesty, I don’t care. I’m doing what makes me happy in life. To me knitting is love. It’s my way of showing those who are super close to me how much I care about them. It’s my showing of gratitude for having them in my life. Enter our 2017 holiday photo. I call this one, Hand Knit Holiday in the Snow.
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I love my little family. Kendell and Cher are wearing their recently completed Shades of Blue sweaters and Jellybean and I are wearing our Angelina sweaters (I’m also wearing my Dreiecke hat from last year). My favorite color is green and I love pairing green and cobalt blue together so I knew I’d wear these colors with Kendell’s sweater when I was planning what we would wear for our photograph this year. I love my husband because he never objects, never thinks I’m too much and just puts on whatever I ask him to wear. And in case you missed our photos from previous years…we’ve evolved! LOL
Johnson family 2016
I loved the color palette from 2016 and it was our first Christmas with Jellybean! I hadn’t figured made her any knits last year since I wasn’t ready to wrap my head around a dog that was so small. So instead I bought her the cutest shawl collared sweater and called it a day. I also dressed the girls up in a little holiday theme to get myself in the mood…they were not as amused as I was with their outfits.
Happy holidays
But my favorite year was our first year with Cher where she kind of stole the show in her green sweater. She looked so tiny back then, little did we know we’d get someone almost three times as small as she is in the years to come.
Happy holidays!
It has become a bit of our family tradition to take holiday photos and wear something I’ve knit. It’s the kind of things that makes me smile every time I look at these photos. Tis’ the season you guys!

FO: Shades of Blue Sweater (2x)

It was a glorious snowy weekend in Maryland. I was able to cook earlier in the week so I had lots of good food and didn’t have to worry about cooking all weekend. So that meant I was able to spend all day on the couch bundled up with the dogs finishing my husband’s shades of blue sweater. YAY!
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I think he really likes it, the fit was spot on but he got hit with some sudden sickness Saturday afternoon so this was about all the enthusiasm he could give me. Wait until you see our holiday photo. LOL I told him to save his energy to try to give me a smile…I got some smirks but it was still a good pic (I’ll share it later this week). If you need a reminder of the sweater he asked for you can see it on this post. This was a simple top down raglan sweater pattern by Joji. I know I could’ve done the math and figured it all out myself but I just didn’t want to do all that work. I intentionally picked dk weight so that it would like nicer and despite the 300 stitches I had to knit for that body I love how clean and nice it came out. I used Berroco Vintage DK that I bought from Little Knits on super sale and I’ve still got a skein of each color leftover…I may have a cardigan in shades of blue in my future. And on Sunday morning I whipped up this version to match for Cher.
Cher’s shades of blue sweater
I love her sweet face. She always looks like she doesn’t care but she’s the most loved dog you’ll ever find. I didn’t tell my husband I was making Cher a matching sweater with his because I just wanted to surprise him. I figured if Jellybean and I wore our matching Angelina sweaters for our holiday photos he and Cher should match too. I was right, it was super cute and now he and his favorite furry girl can coordinate this winter. My holiday photos are done, cards for the new year have been ordered and my holiday shopping has been completed. Now to just finish grading final papers and entering grades and I can have a little breathing room before things really get crazy in the new year. How’s your holiday planning going?