FO: Angelina 1.25

I said here last week that the last time I showed you my Angelina Pullover it would be a finished object and it is…but I added a little more to the project than I originally planned. You may remember in the spring I talked about my goals for this summer and one of them was to knit Jellybean a sweater.
Angelina for two
So when I finished my Angelina Pullover and still had a little bit of yarn leftover for the last skein I wound I decided to make a teeny tiny Angelina Pullover for Jellybean. And I think I love her tiny sweater more than my own! Her little 5 pound frame is always cold (she was shaking on a 67 degree walk this morning) so clothing is actually an essential basic in her life. So going with the Summer of Basics Makealong I decided Beanie needed a new basic to add to her wardrobe too. So let’s talk about both of the finished objects!
My Angelina
As always, I forget that I’m shorter than the average knitting pattern and I probably should’ve shortened my sweater just a tiny bit because it’s getting into tunic length territory. But I love the cables, the sleeves and the curved hemline. I also love the Berroco Ultra Alpaca yarn, it blocked into a light and airy wool that will still be cozy and warm. This will be an awesome layering piece as well.
Angelina twin pullovers
For Jellybean’s sweater I essentially worked out the math to do the cables on 40 stitches and eventually increased the sweater to 85 stitches in total for her width. Once I was done with the cables I worked in stockinette for a bit and then separated the body for sleeves almost like a raglan. 15 stitches for each sleeve, 20 stitches for her chest and 35 for her back and I cast on a few extra stitches at her underarm to give it a fuller sleeve like mine. I whipped this up in a couple of hours but my favorite detail was that I also added the curved hems to her sweater too and the icord edging.
Angelina for two
This tiny sweater tickled me to no end. I was so proud of myself for figuring out how to modify this to fit her and she let me pull it over her head a billion times to check my fit and length. I figured since she used the ball of yarn as a headrest so much while I was making my Angelina I might as well make her a sweater with the same yarn since I had some leftover (and still have 2 skeins in my stash).
My Angelina
I’m typically not a cable knit person, I like the look but don’t like how cables slow me down, but something about the simpleness of this cable made this pattern worth it. I’ve also read a few complaints on Ravelry about how dark the pattern images are but I could still see the awesomeness in this design. Added bonus, I love any pattern that’s only a single page of instructions and that was the case with this one. Easy peasy.
Angelina for two
I didn’t end up sewing my dress as planned for the Summer of Basics Makealong (eventually I will) but I did at least make a lovely rainbow cardigan for all seasons, my Pink Professor sweater and now these two pullovers for both of our wardrobe. I’ll take that as a win in my book and I’ve still got a few more things for myself I’m ready to cast-on as well. I’m on a roll. Did any of you finish three projects for the Makealong? Share!!

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Weekend Plans

Next time I show you my Angelina pullover it will be a finished object.
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I plan to be finished with this bad boy by Saturday and have it on the blocking boards on Sunday. Unless I get this…
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The tiny paw put on me to ask me to stop whatever it is I’m doing and take them on a nice walk. It’s supposed to be a gorgeous weekend so perhaps I’ll be finishing up my Angelina while I’m sitting outside soaking up the great weather on the east coast with my husband and two dogs. I hope you have a wonderful weekend wherever you are.

Stitching Status: Update on Angelina

I started my Angelina pullover on Sunday, August 13. I’m making really good progress.
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As of last night I had 12 inches from the underarm done! I just have to go to 14 1/2 before I start the short row shaping that gives the curved hem. I’m so excited! Then it’s 13 inches of stockinette for the sleeves – but zero shaping.
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This is what a sea of green stockinette looks like. The good thing is that when I’m knitting it in the round I don’t have to look at my needles and I can watch TV and just mindlessly knit. I’m not trying to win any prizes with the Summer of Basics Makealong but I do want to finish this one by the end of next week. Only because I am excited about two other projects that are coming together. One is a custom sweater for myself that I’ve finally got all the right colors together and I’m insanely excited to start. The other is a perfect storm of finding the right yarn on sale, in the perfect color and then finding the perfect pattern for it to make a gift for my BFF. I cannot wait to start that either. Aaaaah there’s always so much I want to accomplish. I need more hands!
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Also, Jellybean has decided that this sweater is all for her. She has crawled inside of it when I put it down and taken a nap. Whenever I put the ball of Ultra Alpaca yarn on the couch she uses it as her pillow. I don’t blame her, it’s super soft and cozy. I will admit though, I had to put this sweater down during last week’s episode of Game of Thrones. It was too intense and I was pretty sure I was going to have a heart attack while watching it. And if you’re a Thrones fan you’ll love what my friend made of Jellybean.
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She’s my tiny 5lb dragon protecting my knitting. LOL Today is also one week from my birthday and I notified my husband that I will be celebrating starting today through the Labor Day weekend. That’s only right, right? LOL And hopefully that means lots of quality knitting time in because what I want is to finish this baby for my birthday. Fingers crossed.