FO: Rose Gold Togue Pond Tank

Remember when I started a new Togue Pond Tank way back at the end of May? No…yeah I forgot it too. I got so caught up in knitting my Guthrie tee that I just kind of let this tank fall to the side. I decided it was the perfect plane/vacation kind of knitting so I packed it up with me and took it to Chicago and finished it on my trip (and started my latest secret test knit).
Pink Togue Pond Tank
Despite the fact that I don’t love my arms, what I really don’t love is being hot in the sweltering heat and humidity and the Togue Pond Tank is pretty much the perfect summer knit piece. I’d rather have my arms out and wear a pretty top than try to hide my arms because I want them to look like Michelle Obama’s arms. Hence why this is my third for myself and I’ve made one for Jessica. I was actually replacing my very first Tank, it was a pale grey that had a big old stain on it I just couldn’t get out so I decided to make a new one for this summer.
Pink Togue Pond Tank
I decided to go with a fun yarn I like to use as a replacement for Quince & Co. Kestrel yarn. To be honest with you, I don’t always have a budget for the expensive yarns (who does), despite wanting them. Instead I find fun alternatives. This is Patons Metallic, you’ve seen me use it most recently and in this same color on the Baldric sweater for Jessica. It’s a tape yarn like Kestrel but it’s made of Nylon, Acrylic and a tiny bit of wool. I love the metallic colors and they’re forever putting it on clearance and then bringing it back to the regular line up (it’s currently on sale in the clearance section for $3.40, it’s regular price is $6.79). When you compare the two yarns, Kestrel costs $10.25 a skein for 76 yards and Metallic costs anywhere from $3.40-6.79 for 252 yards. This tank was less than 2 skeins of yarn, I know I got it on sale but not clearance so at most I paid $10 for the yarn to make this tank. It would’ve cost me about $40 or more with Kestrel. Now you understand why I like this as my substitute, but I also like the colors and the drape of the fabric. Jessica has already asked for me to make her a new Togue Pond Tank in the metallic black (black is her favorite color to wear…it breaks my heart LOL).
Pink Togue Pond Tank
The only modification I did on this one was to not do all of the short row shaping (I didn’t want it as high in the front) and I added more length before beginning the armhole shaping. It came out exactly the way I wanted. YAY! And since I mentioned Chicago…
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Our trip was lovely. I did not take many photos at all. My cousin did take this great pic of me with my husband before we got on an architectural boat tour on a beautiful morning. I also took this pic.
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Totally got to wear my Durumi tee while I was there AND I found insanely bright knit Cole Haan wingtips with the Nike soles so I was super comfy walking through the city. It was so breezy and light, loved it! And the dogs…well they missed us. And Jellybean yelled at me all day Sunday and made me carry her everywhere as my punishment.
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By the end of the 5 days we were apart she had wiggled her way into Cher’s bed at their pet hotel and made sure her sister snuggled her as much as possible. They got all the belly rubs and treats while I was away but it’s always good to come home.

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Which Project: And the Winner is….

Well, the votes are in and there really wasn’t any competition. With an overwhelming 60% of the votes, you guys chose…

Gabrielle Sweater via Ravelry
Gabrielle Sweater via Ravelry

Gabrielle! Which is actually the pattern I’ve been leaning towards. I already have a pink cardigan I knit last year so a pullover was what I really started to think about. Added bonus, I’ll have enough yardage leftover to make my BFF Jess a Carbeth Cardigan in the pink color too! I’ve already knit two Carbeth cardigans with Intent Yarn so why not make another? Also, Periwinkle Sheep is back from their vacation, you should grab some Intent Yarn for yourself while it’s still $15 a skein!
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I’m down to the ribbing on my cotton Guthrie, then I just have to knit the short sleeves (I’m thinking elbow length). I’m heading to Chicago next week for a little vacation so I’m hoping to pack it with me. Send me all the good knitting vibes so that I have it blocking by Sunday! Have a wonderful knit filled weekend!

Currently in the Queue: Too Many Things

I don’t know how June seems to be flying by and before I know it summer will be over. I’M NOT READY! And as summer keeps moving on my queue keeps getting longer and longer of what I want to make. Add on me casting on projects when they tickle my fancy and well…that explains why I never get everything I want accomplished.
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I know I keep putting my Togue Pond Tank to the side but I think it’s because I know it will knit up quickly. Maybe this weekend I will give it the attention it needs. In the meantime, I’ve separated for sleeves on my cotton Guthrie and am going to try it on this evening to make sure it has enough stretch to get over my head. I’ll be so sad if it’s too tight because it’s working up so nicely. But this is one gamble of knitting colorwork with cotton and isn’t there always a lesson in each project?
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But can we just talk about how much I love seeing the neat floats on the inside of colorwork? It makes my heart sing. I’m mildly obsessed with Guthrie and I swear this is the face Cher gives me when I’m super focused on that sweater when I should be focused on her.

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“Lady, belly rubs need to be happening right now.”

And this is the face Jellybean gives me every time I tell her about something else I’m adding to my queue.

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“WHHHHAT?! You’re crazy lady.”

I’m also still thinking about doing a knitalong of the Tecumseh sweater, maybe starting in early September? I can slow down and work on it at a reasonable pace and show progress and share your pics of your progress too. I don’t have any prizes or anything, it’s just a pattern I love and many of you have shown interest in wanting to make it too so I thought we’d do it together. Still interested? What hashtag could we create to make sharing easy? I’ve already decided what colors I will use and I’ve stashed them away. Clearly I’m excited about colorwork.