Stitching Status: Shades of Blue Sweater

I’ve made good progress this week! I finally stopped feeling like I was going to pass out on the couch every night at 8:30pm and have gotten in some good knitting on my husband’s sweater.
Kendell’s sweater
I started the second to last shade of blue last night! You can’t see it as well here since it’s barely an inch but it’s a deeper shade of the bright blue with flecks of red in it and the next color is an inky dark navy blue. At dk weight on size 6 needles I’ve got about 300 stitches and am just knitting plain stockinette in the round. Sometimes that’s great because I can knit blindly without looking at it but sometimes I feel like it’s lulling me to sleep.
Jellybean and Kendell’s sweater
In addition to taking breaks because it can get a bit monotonous, Jellybean loves to stand on/lay on this sweater.
Jellybean and Kendell’s sweater
It has so much dog hair on it and I don’t even bother trying to rub it off because I know inevitably she’s going to hop in my lap and lay across it and demand a bit of attention. She’s definitely a tiny diva at times.

So that’s my progress update, what are you working on?

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Stitching Status: Fatigue

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December is always an exhausting month for me. The semester is coming to a close so there are papers to grade and final projects to review. My full time job is ramping up for our big trade show right after the new year, so just when you hope things will slow down it’s just starting to get fired up. I’ve got holiday shopping to do and the stores are already insane. And I have an endless amount of laundry that continues to pile up when all I really want to do is lay on the couch, snuggle the dogs and knit. My husband and I agreed that things just might not be normal for us for a while and we can’t do everything. So I’m not stressing out over any of it because then I’ll get sick.

On a positive note, I’m on to the third color on the pullover I’m making my husband. I think his sweater may be my last for 2017…I may be able to squeak in a new one for myself with some worsted weight yarn (Merry Christmas to me). We shall see. But I’d love to finish his and then whip up a matching one for Cher and take our annual family photo and be okay with that. No knits for holiday gifts since I just gave my Mom a sweater for her birthday in October and my sister Anne a vest for her birthday in November. New family knits can come in the new year. So does anyone else find December as exhausting as I do? Anyone planning on making knits for gifts?

FO: The Road Trip Hat

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen in my Instagram stories that I shared our road trip for Thanksgiving. My husband and I packed up Cher and Jellybean and drove from Maryland to Memphis, Tennessee. Are we crazy? Perhaps.
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On the way there we broke it up a bit stopping after 12 hours in Nashville for the night. The next morning we hit the road to Memphis.
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Cher loves car rides and her cushy seat in the car. Jellybean does not. So on the way home I ended up holding her for about 4 hours since we did a straight drive home. It ended up taking up a little over 16 hours to get back because of traffic but we survived.
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While I was on the road I decided I’d make a hat for my cousin Amelia that she asked for last year. It’s a pattern I’ve made a million times before,Dreiecke by Shannon Cook. I started it that morning…
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And before I crashed for the night at the hotel I had reached the point of making decreases. In the morning we weren’t in a rush and my husband had a little work to do so after we walked the dogs and had breakfast I finished it off before we headed to Memphis.
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The yarn is Lion Brand Heartland in Joshua Tree, a pretty olive green and it also has a Lion Brand pom pom I picked up from Amazon last year – note if you search for them on their site they have some fun colors and on clearance too! As for the trip with the dogs…
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I already know Jellybean is slow to adapt to new environments and change so there was a lot of Bean holding. I also brought my little sling sack I carry her in and she would happily slide in and take a nap or just quietly observe hanging from my back. She’d be so quiet you’d almost forget she was in there until she started to wiggle around or readjust.
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And Cher, as long as she has a blanket and someone to rub her belly when she rolls over she’ll go wherever we go.  She’s such a trooper. And since I finished the hat so quickly I was able to start my next project!
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My husband’s sweater is now almost to the point of separating for sleeves! But more on that later. Did you have a good Thanksgiving?