FO: The Big Cozy

I’m always hesitant to knit with super bulky and chunky weight yarns because I’ve always felt like they can add bulk to your frame. And since I’ve got curves and am not the tiniest or the tallest I prefer my knits to show off my shape and not add to it. But I bought this Bernat Wool-up Bulky a while ago and only made a Hunger Games style cowl for my friend Salina and it was just taking up space in my yarn drawers. So I found the Superbulky Grandpa pattern and thought I’d give it a try and if I didn’t like the end result I’d just give it away.
The big cozy
I like the end result. LOL I worked this up in just a couple of days on size 17 needles. I liked the construction of this one a lot, a provisional cast-on creates the majority of the collar and you eventually taper it down. It was clever and kept my engaged. I did start my button holes earlier on the pattern so it wouldn’t be so low and as always I had to make my sleeves shorter (otherwise they’d be dragging on the ground).
The big cozy
And whenever I stop to take pics I typically have at least one dog pulling on my legs so I put Jellybean in a chunky knit sweater I picked up at HomeGoods a few weeks ago for a few dollars. It was too cute to not buy at under $10.
The big cozy
I’m also always asked about how Jellybean poses and this is what she does all on her own. It cracks me up, she wants to be picked up and as soon as you pick her up she just freezes into position. I always wonder if she’s comfortable but if I put her down she whines to get picked up again, so I’ll go with it. And I was actually cast-on one more sweater this week…I’ll let you guys know how that progress goes. I’ve still got 12 days left in December and that’s totally enough time for me to finish something.


Stitching Status: I Lied

First, let me say you guys rock and I love all your loving and sweet comments on my holiday post (and every post really). I’ve gotten a lot of positivity about my pic and my husband has gotten teased a bit at work but hey, we love it. But now I have to make a confession…I lied to you guys. I said I thought my husband’s sweater would be my last of the year.
It’s not. I was going to work on some hats as thank you gifts and my Dotted Rays shawl and I just didn’t want to pick up a small needle after working on his sweater.
So I picked up my size 17 needles and some super bulky yarn from my stash instead. I’m almost finished with the Superbulky Grandpa by Joji Locatelli.
I don’t normally like super bulky yarn or really chunky knits. I’m not a think woman, I’m a bit on the short and curvy side so I prefer things that are fitting and show my shape. I don’t want to add bulky BUT despite being super sized, this cardigan has a nice shape to it and it has interesting construction. Which was perfect after what felt like miles of stockinette stitch. So I’m sorry I lie and said I was done with sweaters for the year. This was has been a fun one to work on and I’ll hopefully get to share the finished project next week!

Choosing Joy

I’ve had one of those weeks where a perfect storm of things left me feeling like I had a rain cloud over my head all week. Part of it was that my husband was out of the country for work and that always seems to throw me off a bit. And the other part was just life stuff: work craziness, being tired and feeling a little overwhelmed. I hate feeling overwhelmed. I like to be in control.
This morning I was going to drive to work and I decided I was too tired and over it. I just wanted to sit and knit. So I took the Metro to work. I got to sit and work on a new project for 30 uninterrupted minutes and I started to feel that acidity I’d been holding on to all week melt away (added bonus, my husband got back last night so I slept like a log for the first time in a week). A young man even told me I had a great butt – not in those exact terms LOL (I was wearing new jeans) but it was still a compliment. Of course on my walk to my office from the train station a bird pooped on my head but you know what? It could’ve been worse AND it is considered good luck. Perhaps my tide is turning.

I realized in that moment when I shrugged off being pooped on I was deciding to choose joy today. It isn’t always the easiest thing to do but sometimes you just have to or the acidity will swallow you whole. So happy Friday to you. I hope you have a joy filled weekend.