FO: 1.25 Durumi Tees

I did it! I was able to whip up a tiny Durumi tee for Jellybean to coordinate with mine. I love long weekends where I can dedicate my time to foolishness.
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Because aren’t the silly things that make you smile the best things in life? I think so.
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I had another color palette originally in mind for this sweater and then I went digging through my stash for one thing and totally forgot I still had this lovely red orange yarn leftover and that it would probably pop really well with a neutral – I was right. Add in a little touch of bright blue and you’ve got a fun piece. I’ve also been super surprised by how many people have told me ‘no one ever does colorwork with cotton’ or ‘colorwork with cotton is so difficult.’ Well, it has been pretty enjoyable for me and I’m happy to take colorwork patterns I really like and make them wearable for spring/summer.
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The only thing I would probably change would be to make the neck opening smaller. My friend Lavon noticed it when I showed her my work in progress and I hadn’t noticed in the pics how wide the neckline was but it doesn’t make it unwearable. I just have a mental note if I make this again.
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If you follow my Instagram stories you probably saw Jellybean’s sweater come to life over the weekend. I needed a break from the body stockinette and I picked up the yarn and did the math to make her a tiny sweater. This little yoke tickled me to no end. And since I didn’t want her sweater to blend in completely with mine I changed up the color order a bit so she’d stand out when I hold her.
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This is her favorite way to be held and if I hold her like this long enough she’ll rest her head on my shoulder and go to sleep. She’s such a sweet little nugget.
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I also think she was over all of my photos at this point. And if you’re worried about whether or not Cher wanted a sweater…Cher and the Durumi tees
She gets super hot in the summer and overheats easily, so I knew I wasn’t making her one. And Bean is the opposite and is freezing in the AC and her belly is pretty hairless, so clothes are necessary all year. Besides, Cher just wants to sit on soft knits, not actually wear them.
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And now before I start on another Pom Pom Magazine project I’ve decided I need a metallic pink Togue Pond tank to go with my rose gold clogs. Priorities!

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Stitching Status: Summer Knitting is On!

The month of May started off insanely hectic and busy for me but as the month is winding down I’m feeling a lot better about everything. My husband doesn’t have to travel for a while AND we’re taking time off starting tomorrow in celebration of our 15th wedding anniversary! I’ve got a 5 day weekend (Monday’s a holiday) with my favorite guy with reservations to some of our favorite restaurants and no real plans…well I do hope to get in a little knitting.
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I’ve already started on my Durumi sweater, that I’ll be making into a tee. There’s only a tiny bit of colorwork in this one and somehow I managed to mess up the first row 3 times before I got my count right. LOL Good thing I have confidence now in ripping back stitches.
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Yesterday I finished off the little bit of blue colorwork and I’m working my way to getting to fasten off for sleeves. This is going to be a pretty quick knit, which is great because the temps are definitely rising. I think I’ll make bottom ribbing my red orange color (remember that yarn from this sweater?) and the ribbing on the short sleeves will be the blue color. I’m also hoping that I have enough of the tan color leftover so I can make Jellybean a mini version of the Durumi sweater too because why not? Making tiny dog replica sweaters is hilarious to me. And speaking of dogs…
Me and the Bean
Whenever I set up the camera to take pictures for the blog (this was for my Dotted Rays) one or both of the dogs always makes their way over and pulls up on my leg demanding to be included. How can I not oblige? And since it’s our wedding anniversary tomorrow, here’s a flashback to May 24, 2003.
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Gosh, we looked like babies!

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!