Stitching Status: Spring Is That You?

It’s Friday and I woke up to spring like weather and it’s glorious. Of course we’ll have the ups and downs but I’m so happy it’s starting to feel like spring. And you know what else I’m excited about?
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My Tecumseh sweater is coming along! This picture is actually from Wednesday and by the end of the day Thursday I was already halfway through the last block of colorwork. I’ll still have to do one more set of the design on each sleeve but the sleeves are way fewer stitches than the body. I’m just so excited to have finally gotten to the point where I could separate for sleeves. I feel like I’m really making progress. AND I love the oversized fit and how bright this is. I’m so excited. I can’t wait to finish this one.
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Whenever I feel like I’m getting in a groove Cher brings me back to earth and sits on my knitting to remind me that my main job is to give her rubs – not to knit.
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Meanwhile Jellybean is just content to be in my lap as long as I’m sitting still. But I’m hoping to have enough quiet time over the weekend to finish the body and make good progress on the sleeves. I’ve also volunteered for a new test knit so I’ve got to get to swatching for that too!

What will you be working on this weekend?

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Stitching Status: Tecumseh Pullover

I don’t think I’ve been this excited to work on a sweater in a long time.
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My yarn came Saturday afternoon and I quickly wrapped up my cousin’s Carbeth sweater so I could start on my Tecumseh sweater that night. A lot of knitters will tell you that there are some things that you feel like you have to make in order to call yourself a legit knitter. Some people will say they don’t feel like they’re a legit knitter until they make a sweater (example, Gaye from GGmadeit thought a pullover made her legit but she knits tons of things!), some say socks or a fingering weight shawl. I have always felt like I needed to do real colorwork to say I was doing something with my knitting. Crazy I know. I’ve knit a bajillion sweaters, tackled making socks (although not in fingering weight) and I’ve done multiple shawls and more. But colorwork…that was going to push my boundaries and I was itching to finally tackle my fears.
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Look at those floats! GAH!! I’m so excited. Now I still don’t hold my yarn probably the correct way and the finger guards seemed to get in my way so I’m just doing what feels comfortable to me and sticking with it. I find that consistency is key. I’m also paying attention to my tension and trying to ensure that my stitches aren’t too tight or pulling. This is a cotton blend yarn but I’ve found that this Berroco Weekend DK doesn’t stretch as much as the Berroco Modern Cotton that I use for summer garments. I think this might be just right for a summer weight sweater.
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I’m also super happy with my bright color palette. It’s making me so excited for spring. Now if you’re also considering knitting this right along with me, just know there are a ton of stitches. LOL I have not even separated for sleeves yet and I’m at 380+ stitches on my needle. This sweater is meant to be roomy so consider that when picking your size. I’ve been thinking of it as a fun, casual piece to throw on with jeans on the weekend but I could totally see wearing it with a slim pencil skirt too. But before I style it up in my head, I need to finish it. But I’m happy to plug away at this baby and I’ll be sharing my progress and taking pics along with the way.

So is anyone else joining me and casting on the Tecumseh too?!

Stitching Status: Bright Colorwork

I change my mind on knitting projects all the time…ALL. THE. TIME. In life I’m pretty decisive and I always know what I want but in knitting I want it all and I am constantly wanting to knit something else. I get into one thing and then BAM I see another pattern I have to make. Lately I’ve been excited about brioche and colorwork but the idea of casting on the Sunset Highway as my first real colorwork sweater wasn’t getting me excited. To be honest it makes my palms sweat with a bit of anxiety. Tiny needles, all those stitches…all that work and so many tiny stitches I might have to fix. Mind you I have the yarn and was gifted the pattern but I haven’t built up my confidence enough just yet. And I have plans to knit the Durumi colorwork sweater but it will be short sleeved and we just aren’t there yet weather wise so I’m okay waiting on that one for a bit. So when I saw that Caitlin Hunter who released Sunset Highway came out with a dk weight pullover, Tecumseh, I knew exactly what I was going to make next to finally make myself a stranded knitting sweater.

Tecumseh by Caitlin Hunter
Tecumseh by Caitlin Hunter via Ravelry

What’s always funny to me is whenever I browse through the project pages on Ravelry there’s always a lot of grey, neutrals and soft color palettes. I get it, it’s timeless and safe and can match so much. But for me and my wardrobe…that’s a no. That’s just not what I want or what I wear. Of course I immediately go for all the color. I was originally thinking of making this in wool with some Miss Babs Yowza in my stash and then I thought, why not make it with a summery blend? And there’s still a ton of Berroco Weekend DK on closeout on a couple of sites (I decided to not use up the yarn I’ve rationed our for my two summer knits and to get a different color palette)…so for about $35, I got enough yarn for a lighter weight sweater that I can wear almost all year round. YAY!
Berroco Weekend DK in spring colors
I decided on a green and blue color palette because green is my favorite color and I get so excited to knit with green. The main color (the body) will be the bright green, seedling. The secondary color (the little crosses) will be the bright blue, coast. And the tertiary color (the leaf like shape) will be the Kelly green, forest. I’m going to go ahead and swatch this one with one of the colors in my stash I know I’ll have leftovers from so that once the yarn arrives I can dive right in. I tend to knit a lot of cardigans because I like layers but I’m always wishing I had a cool pullover to throw on with jeans or wear with a skirt. I think this one might fit the bill.

So is anyone else as indecisive with their knitting projects as I am? I don’t want to be the only one with this problem.