FO: A Sparkly Beezee

I knit another brioche hat this month with the original intentions of giving it to my girlfriend Alisa. I mentioned she wanted a hat with purple in it but she told me she wanted simple. I quickly realized I was not making a simple hat and that it would be better suited for me than for her. So the Beezee hat became my latest brioche wonder and I’m happy I kept it.

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Teal side is dominant here.

One of the things I love about brioche knitting is that it creates a reversible fabric so I love picking great contrasting colors. For this hat I decided to use the leftovers of my Blue Heron Rayon Metallic yarn from my first Rain Outside shawl and a very old skein of Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sport in Rock Creek Park, a lovely deep teal. I love how the metallic pops through when you wear it with the teal color as the dominant color on the hat. If I’m feeling a bit fancier I can wear the metallic side out.

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Metallic side is dominant here.

I picked this pattern because I loved the wave pattern the brioche created. But she has several really great brioche patterns in her shop that you should check out. I love the shape of this hat and totally want to make that one too.
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I also love that it let’s me use of some of those half skeins of dk weight yarn or leftovers from my jumbo Miss Babs Yowza skeins and turn them into color finished objects. And I’ve got another road trip coming up soon so I just might be knitting up another hat in the car. So have I convinced any of you to pick up your two colors and hop on the brioche band wagon?

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Stitching Status: Smaller Things

First thanks everyone for great stranded knitting/colorwork tips! I really appreciate your help and suggestions. I’m excited to dive in even deeper and really see where I can take my love of color.

I told you guys I put aside my bigger sweater and have been working on hats lately. I’m going to pick my Kangarullover back up in February but I’m just not in the mood for it right now and I’m plotting out a lovely cardigan for my Mom too but right now hats and maybe a cowl or two in the future will be on my needles.
sparkly brioche
Right now I’ve been working on the Beezee hat to really get my brioche skills better. I think I’m loving brioche because the color possibilities are endless. This is a dk weight hat knit on size 4 needles (I never swatch hats, I’m too lazy). So I dug into my stash and pulled out a very old skein of Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sport (they don’t make this base anymore) in a lovely teal color called Rock Creek Park and paired it with the leftover Blue Heron Rayon Metallic yarn I had leftover from my very first the Rain Outside shawl. I loved the metallic sparkle (I enhanced it a bit with an app to show off the sparkliness) and had hoped to use it again at some point. I was initially thinking I was going to give it to a friend when I was finished and then I thought…nah, this is going to be too good so I’m keeping it for myself. LOL Isn’t that the beauty of knitting?

Tread by Shannon Cook via Ravelry
Tread by Shannon Cook via Ravelry

The other hat I’m about to start is for one of my closest girlfriends who will be in town this week. I am going to give a new hat a go and try Tread from Within Knits. I bought my girlfriend EJ one of the leopard pom poms like on my hat I knit at the end of December becase she reminded me she’s a Jersey girl who loves all things leopard. So I’m digging out some camel colored Cascade 220 Superwash out of my stash from my yet to be unravelved Flaum cardigan to knit her a hat meant for a fur pom. I’m also thinking about cowls. I like them a lot for the windy times of year and spring when you’re wearing a light jacket but want to keep the chill away. My sister Helen loves her Bandana Cowl and I saw that there’s a brioche version by Lavanya Patricella.

Worsted Brioche Bandana Cowl by Lavanya Patricella
Worsted Brioche Bandana Cowl by Lavanya Patricella via Ravelry

So I may buy this pattern and make one for myself and both of my sisters just so I can keep up the cool color combinations of brioche knitting. And I’m also looking at stranded knitting cowls too to work on those skills. I’ll also take suggestions too.

So what are you working on currently? Share!

FO: Something for Spring

It’s Friday! I have no real plans for the weekend and that makes me super happy. Today I thought I’d share a finished object to usher in the weekend. When I finished my Little Women cardigan I had 3 and a half skeins leftover and I didn’t know what to make with the leftovers. I loved this yarn a lot and had an epiphany that if I used larger needles I would have enough to make a top for myself and I was right! Here’s my Spring Tee and Jellybean, my constant shadow and my one grey hair that is determined to be featured in any photograph. Sigh…those greys are strong!
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I pulled out my copy of The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters, did some math and some guessing (totally didn’t swatch on the larger needles) and just improvised a top. I even decided to do a cable cast-on at the neckline to give it more of a scoop/u neckline instead of a v neck. Who am I?! But I’ve made enough basic top-down sweaters to know what works, what doesn’t and what I like to knit. I probably could’ve made the sleeves a little bigger since I kept them short but they’re fine. This was just a total make it up as I go along after I cast-on 40 stitches with size 10.5 needles. I’m proud of myself for winging it.
Summer Top
The other thing I always second guess is length. I’ve got hips and a butt so I hate clingy tops but I like layering and didn’t want to make it too short and have a tank top hanging really low. Add in how much I wasn’t sure it would grow when I blocked it and I think in the end I got a good length for me and it is a perfect length to layer tops underneath. I’m sure I’ll pick up a long sleeve from Target in the fall to layer underneath this so it becomes a year round top. Side note, I really need to buy myself some blocking boards (perhaps that will be my birthday gift to myself?) because my hemline is slightly wonky since it got squished a little when I put it out to dry. Oops!
Summer Top
I really do love this yarn and hope that it wears well over time. But I’m pretty sure I’ll be wearing this top repeatedly all year long. Next up on my list? Finishing up my third hat, starting on same baby knits and finally working on that saddle shoulder sweater with stripes I want to make for summer. We might be taking family pics soon and I think the top I’ve envisioned in my head would be cute for photos. We shall see. What are you working on this weekend?