To Frog or Not to Frog?

You may remember my Flaum cardigan from the fall.
This is the only picture I’ve taken of it but I’ve gotten it all the down to 6 inches from the separation for sleeves. I made a lot of progress and then I just hit a wall.

The fisherman’s rib stitch combined with the size 6 needles made my hands cramp and I was just bored. But after going so far with this sweater I’ve still been really reluctant to frog this one. On one hand I think this piece would be a great wardrobe staple in a neutral color that I need but on the other hand it’s boring me in so many ways. I like to knit because I find it pleasurable. It clears my head, it soothes me and this just irritates me. So what would you do?

Would you frog it or push through?

FO: Birthday Ties

My cousin Mark was celebrating his 50th birthday on December 21st and my best friend Steven’s birthday is December 24th. I decided to make them both ties for their birthdays this year. Mark has been asking for one for a long time and I just never sat down to do it.
Mark's birthday tie
I had yarn in my stash that I actually bought with ties in mind so all I needed was the time to actually sit down and knit them. You may remember when I knit my husband the Rye tie and I did a lavender and purple stripe. This time I used the same pattern but went with solid colors.
Mark's birthday tie
For Mark’s tie I used the Freia worsted ombre…but unfortunately I didn’t get to go long enough to get any of the gray! I was a little bummed that I didn’t get the color change but he was delighted to say the least about his tie. He also has his own radio show on Sirius XM and appears on MSNBC quite often and he wore his tie the following Saturday when he was on TV.
Mark and his birthday tie
How cool is it to say your knit tie was seen on TV?
Steven's tie
The second tie went to my best friend Steven in NYC. He’s a dapper dresser and I thought why not add one of my ties to his collection. For this one I used Cascade Venezia yarn and it’s a little softer drape than my cousin’s. I also loved the rich shade of red. Added bonus, it matched Sophie’s sweater I knit for her. I’ve been loving the enthusiasm for the knit ties but now everybody wants me to make them one! But hey, I can…I just won’t. LOL

I’ve been away for the last week for work for a conference and I am EXHAUSTED. So no post on Monday to take the long weekend to rest and snuggle my dogs and KNIT! Have a great weekend everyone.

FO: Ultimate Fan

This is my husband. He is a super NY Giants fan.
Ready for football!
The purchases he loves for the dogs are all NY Giants gear. Cher has a coat for winter, both dogs have jerseys and Cher has a bandana because her jersey is getting too big for her. So the other day we were in Lids and my husband saw this NY Giants hat
And he asked me, ‘you can make this for me, right?’ It’s just a simple ribbed knit cap and I immediately thought of the free Purl Soho pattern for the ribbed cuff hat that I’d made before. Yup, I can make that. Before we went home he took me to Joann’s to get the yarn I needed to make it for him.
Super fan
This is his beloved (and I sincerely mean beloved) NY Giants hat. On Black Friday I ordered a NY Giants sew on patch to add to the front…I still haven’t gotten it yet and the company isn’t responsive. Ugh. So for now there’s no patch but that doesn’t stop him from wearing it.
Super fan
It was a quick knit and I used a Deborah Norville worsted weight yarn in a bright Giants blue as the main body color. I added in some acrylic fingering weight yarn I picked up at Joann’s and I had some Cascade 200 fingering weight in the perfect shade of red to finish it off. I just held the strands double while I knitted and I got this heathered look like the original. He is so happy about this hat. I even caught him taking a selfie in the hat. LOL And that kind of happiness is why I love making stuff for the folks I love. He’ll still get a sweater but clearly this hat was more of a priority.

What’s a favorite item you’ve knit for someone you love?