Stitching Status: Quiet Weekends

Between errands and brunch with friends, I spent a nice chunk of time knitting in the evenings and binge watching The Good Fight on TV. If you ever watched The Good Wife and miss it, all 10 episodes of the spin-off The Good Fight are on CBS all access and you can subscribe for free for a week. I’m already up to episode 8 – it’s so good.
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And the girls have been happily tangled up in my knitting. We are getting a new couch this week so we took the old one out and put in a bench for the girls to look out the window in the meantime. That means I haven’t had the best seating options (sitting in a chair with two dogs is not comfortable and they don’t like to share my lap and I don’t love sitting in the husband’s man cave in the basement). For the most part I’ve been sitting on a pile of pillows on the floor with blankets and have been playing fetch with Jellybean while Cher goes between the bench and a blanket next to me.
Mischief
On occasion they’ll play nice and share the bench together and stare out the window occasionally barking at dogs and their owners walking by. And then occasionally they bark at nothing at all and scare the crap out of me.
Sisters 😊
But despite the barking and sitting on the floor I’ve made great progress on my improvised sweater. I finished the body and decided to do an i-cord bind off for the end instead of ribbing. The scoop neck is pretty deep so I added about 2 inches of ribbing to the neckline to bring it up a bit – I’ll still need to wear a tank top with it but that’s how I typically wear my v necks. I decided to use the leftover darker yarn I paired with the lighter top color on my Colorblocked Boyfriend Cardigan. It picks up the dark flecks in the other yarn. I kind of love that this is all bits and pieces of leftover projects coming together. I love it when you can use every last drop of yarn on the skein.
Sunday night progress
I’ve been kind of just making this up as I go along and making decisions on the fly. Adding in a new color and just having fun as I go along. It’s kind of nice to not follow any pattern. I’m down to the sleeves and I’m thinking since it’s a deep scoop neck and it hits me at the hips, with not do a bell sleeve? I just feel like a fitted sleeve wouldn’t look right but who knows, I may not like it and can always rip it back but that’s also part of the fun of creating this with colors I just love. Here’s hoping I finish up this week!

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Stitching Status: Preparing for Fall

Fall is coming. I can feel it in the air.
Burrito
Mornings are getting crisper. Cher has been snuggling deeper and deeper into her blankets. I pulled out my fall/winter clothes to transition my closet and said hello to all my yummy sweaters I packed away in the spring. Over the last few months I’ve been knitting away for myself. It started with a Happy Little Sweater, then my charcoal grey Trail Jacket and then my Four Color Fable. I took a break and did some summer knitting but then dove into my super fun Technicolor Dream Coat (I’m dying to wear that a lot), then my rainbow Teazel, then the Pink Professor, then my Angelina and lastly my Mint Madness. I’m building a warm wardrobe that I love. But that also means putting other projects to the side and sometimes I feel a slight pang of guilt but then I remind myself that they’re my two hands and my yarn budget…so I’m not obligated to make anything except for what I want right now. A little harsh but so true. I have a few child sized things and toys I want to make for friends for fall but I accidentally stumbled upon this awesome yarn pairing that distracted me from that.
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Madelinetosh Neon Peach – top, Miss Babs Yowza in Oyster – bottom left (as seen in this cardigan) and Madelinetosh Snowcone Shack – bottom right. I was saving these for other projects and somehow I picked up Snowcone Shack and thought, if I could blend this with Neon Peach it would be awesome! So I weighed what I had of each and decided to do another improvised top down raglan. I started knitting and realized there was one more color I could pull from my stash to add to this – the remainder of my mint yarn leftover from Mint Madness! And that’s how I ended up here.
Faded raglan in progress
It’s such a pretty blend of colors. I know it’s a super soft palette and very neutral up top but when I finish it with the Neon Peach it will feel like a DWJ knit. The neutral helps balance the neon that’s coming. It’s not a super fitted sweater so it has a touch of ease to it that I think will make it an awesome throw on pullover with jeans or skinny pants if I wear it to work. When I get excited I just don’t want to stop knitting! Now if it would just get a little bit cooler so I can just wear cardigans in the morning I’d be happier. What are you making to get yourself ready for fall?

FO: Mint Madness

Last week was a little rough, I got hit out of the blue with a nasty virus and was down for the count for the entire week and into the weekend. Fortunately in between naps and dog snuggles I was plugging away on my latest finished object, the one I’m calling Mint Madness.
Mint Madness
This started as a sketch and a way to mix up some yarns I already had.
Mint madness sketch
You may remember when I went to Neighborhood Fiber Co for a dye workshop and I made this very pretty mint yarn…well I still hadn’t made anything with it. When I popped over to Fibre Space a few weeks ago I saw this limited edition colorway from Neighborhood Fibre Co. called Swoon. My brain said this is the bridge color I needed because I also had a gorgeous stash of their vibrant cobalt shade, Georgetown. Mint, flecks of cobalt and a little bit of bright yellow and I was good to go!
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After my last saddle shoulder sweater I wanted to make another one just to work on my technique. This one isn’t perfect but I still love the end results. I’ve got to work on picking up my armhole stitches a bit better but hey, that’s why you keep on practicing. And with Cher asleep on one side and Jellybean constantly tangled up in my work, I’d knit in between naps and doses of medicine.
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And in the end, I got a cozy open cardigan for fall, that I’ve already worn to walk the dogs in the morning.
Mint Madness
I decided that I wanted to do a lot of ribbing on the sleeves so I can pull back the cuffs and had a three quarter sweater if I wanted or pull them all the way down to have a cozy cuff that goes a little over the wrist. And I added bright blue pockets for a pop of color and because every sweater is made better with pockets. To make the pockets I held stitches back at my desired point and then cast on the same number to keep knitting across. Once I got to my desired body length I knit the pockets and then knit those stitches to the body and then seamed the sides once I was finished.
Mint Madness
I also went back and forth on whether or not there would be buttons but I just didn’t think buttons would work with everything else I had going on. So I skipped them and I’m glad I did. This is really one of those pieces I want to throw on whether it’s over jeans and a t-shirt or a dress. So now I’m almost over my cold and I’ve got a cozy sweater perfect for cool fall mornings. I’m pretty happy.