Stitching Status: Here Comes the Sun

I still haven’t gotten my Sheep and Wool stuff uploaded but I hope to do that over the weekend. I’ve had a hectic week, it’s always like that when my husband travels abroad. He came home yesterday and then our central air died on us. It’s supposed to be 90 degrees on Saturday and the HVAC guy can’t come until Monday morning. Ugh. But as the temps are getting warmer and I’m coming to the end of my test knit I’m getting excited about diving into my summer knitting. And you know there’s the Tees, Tops and Tanks Knit Along going on this month so you should totally make something short sleeved to wear this summer. So I thought I’d share some patterns that have me excited. Have you see the latest preview images for Pom Pom Quarterly’s summer issue?

Leiden by Natalie Selles
Leiden by Natalie Selles via Ravelry

The issue is all about stripes (my favorite) and I’m in love with so many patterns it’s making me rethink my summer knitting plans. The first one I fell in love with is Leiden. It’s a modular knit, so you start with the middle square panel and pick up stitches along the sides. I don’t know why but I love picking up stitches. I totally want to make this tee.

Anni by Gina Röckenwagner
Anni by Gina Röckenwagner via Ravelry

I’m also equally smitten with the Anni top. Three colors, dk weight yarn and a great shape that will feel so great on a hot day in a light cotton. Plus my stash is still full of Berroco Weekend DK I was thinking of using for other projects but now may switch over to these. And because it’s Friday and despite worrying about melting in my home this weekend, I’m grateful my husband is home and safe from his travels.
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The girls were super excited to see him too and Cher wouldn’t take a paw off of him all night. And as soon as he went to bed early from jet lag she was right there with him. Have a great weekend everyone!

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FO: Purple & Sparkle Brio-Garter Hat

I’m finishing out the week with another finished object. I finished my second Brio-Garter hat, this time for my cousin Safia. Her birthday is Monday and she’s in town this weekend so hopefully I’ll get pics of her while she’s wearing it.
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You may remember when I made this hat in January. It was my first solo experience with brioche knitting and learning increases and decreases. I love the interesting construction of this hat. You start by making an i-cord and then you pick up stitches from the i-cord and join in the round. The increases and decreases in the hat automatically shape the ear flaps. It’s brilliant! Stephen West is a genius. Since my first version was pretty big I decided to cast on two needle sizes smaller since my cousin has a tiny head. I still think this will be a little bit and slouchy on her but hopefully it’s a good fit.
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I love brioche since it makes everything reversible. This is the side where the sparkly grey Tempting Ewe So Sparkly DK yarn is dominant.
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And then here’s the side where the Madelinetosh Pashmina yarn in Gosia is dominant and look how cute it is when you flip up the ear flaps! Her favorite color is purple so whenever I knit her accessories I try to pick out fun shades of purple yarn to use on her projects. Since I’m going to see her this weekend I want to measure her feet so I can make her these brioche socks! I’ve already got pretty purple and black yarn to make them with, just need to make sure I’m making her the right size.
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And just to round things off, here’s a picture of the girls begging for carrots. LOL Jellybean has to get her annual check up and shots this weekend so whatever I’m doing this weekend I’m going to have a chihuahua attached to my hip that just wants comfort. Have a great weekend everybody!

A Weekend Well Spent

My husband was out of town for a few days visiting family in Florida, so that gave me ample knitting time while he was away. He came home late Saturday but we knew Sunday would be a rainy day spent inside together and I was able to finish my Tecumseh sweater.
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Since I made this with a cotton and acrylic blend yarn at the last moment I decided I’d make this a short sleeved sweater instead of long sleeve. I figured when it’s chilly I can always layer it over a long sleeve tee and now I can wear it whenever I want. The fit is slightly oversized but I think I’m going to have fun styling it and throwing it on casually and with work clothes. It’s blocking and I’ve got a billion ends to weave in but hopefully I’ll get pictures wearing it this week.
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I do a lot in any given week. I work a full time job and I’m an adjunct professor so when I get some down time I thoroughly enjoy indulging myself in watching TV and knitting. I did take advantage of Saturday’s gorgeous weather and took the dogs on multiple long walks so we could all get some fresh air. It also serves a dual purpose. I wore them out so they’d give me a little time to knit and not demand all the belly rubs.
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I think my weekend was a success.