Stitching Status: Long Weekend Productivity

I had a really good long holiday weekend over the last four days. My husband took off Friday so we got to spend an extra long weekend together. And over the weekend I paused on my Balloon Cardigan (again) and whipped up a Carlisle Cardigan instead! I wanted to use some of my leftover Macro and this cardigan was a fun project. More to come on it soon. Blocking super bulky weight yarns is a super heavy thing and it’s taking forever for this to dry.
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And I decided to whip up a heart sweater for Jellybean because the hat I made with hearts was entirely too cute.
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Let’s just say she was unimpressed with her fittings. But it fits beautifully and looks cute as pie. I’ll get more pics of the actual finished object once it is blocked and dry. And over the long weekend my friend Steven sent me a pic of his dog Sophie in her sweater I made her (still no selfie of the two of them together in their knits).
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She’s such a regal pup. Also I’ve been on a super bulky knitting kick and it’s so satisfying. And many of you mentioned wanting to jump in on it but not wanting to knit with wool since you’re in warmer climates. I found Loopy Mango has Big Cotton yarn in 100 gram skeins and bigger cones in awesome colors if you’re interested in trying the super bulky knits in cotton (I may do so in the future but I need to replenish my yarn budget). That hot pink is calling my name. Also, Knit Picks makes Mighty Stitch in Super Bulky which is 80% acrylic and 20% wool so it’s not super hot. I use Mighty Stitch worsted a lot for baby projects and hats for people so they can just put it in the washer and dryer and not worry about it. It’s also a more affordable option. Just wanted to make some suggestions so you don’t feel like you’re missing out on the super bulky fun.

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FO: For a Sweetheart

Happy Valentine’s Day! It has never been a holiday I make a big deal over (although my husband did propose to me 17 years ago) but I have a girlfriend whose birthday is today (and three others that were this week). She loves hearts and when I was on Ravelry and saw the new pattern for the Sweet Hearts Hat I thought, I can whip this up in time for her birthday.
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I asked her what color winter coat she had and she told me burgundy, black and cream. So I dug through my stash and picked out my Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in Pomegranate and Oyster. Another friend’s birthday was on Tuesday and her husband gave her a gorgeous red coat, so I may make her a red and white version of this hat to go with the new coat too.
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And as I was working on this hat I just kept thinking how cute this print would be as a sweater for Jellybean. So that might be something I whip up over this long holiday weekend. So here’s to a love filled day, I hope it is filled with yummy yarn. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Test Knit: La Briohème cardigan

I know, I know. I start a knitalong and then take on a test knit in between but that’s also the reason why I don’t have a deadline on the knitalong – we all get distracted! And this time I was distracted by a really good project, the La Briohème cardigan by Knit Graffiti (my Ravelry project page).
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Let’s consider this my virtual Rhinebeck sweater because if I was going this weekend (I am not) I would totally be wearing this. I jumped on the chance to test knit this one for a couple of reasons – I love brioche and have wanted a brioche cardigan that wasn’t completely brioche and overwhelmingly hot, I like Knit Graffiti’s patterns so I was happy to test knit AND I had the yarn I needed in my stash. It was a perfect storm. Since brioche knitting is double sided it creates a super warm fabric. To have a full brioche sweater would be a bit suffocatingly warm, I think, but this is a perfect balance.
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The closest I could get to you seeing the true vividness of this color was to try and photograph this in the shade. I used Knit Picks Mighty Stitch worsted in the color Conch (a really vivid coral – and all Mighty Stitch is on sale for the month of October) and Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in Clue Board from 1985, a wonderful mix of blues, greens, corals and pinks. I pulled this color combo together by chance. I was putting yarn combos together with the quantities I needed and seeing what worked. I loved the brightness and I love blues and peaches together so I went with it. It’s got orange, blue, green, pink…all the colors I like to wear. And the Mighty Stitch yarn is so soft and cozy ya’ll. Added bonus, I blocked this by putting it in the washing machine on gentle cycle with cold water and it held up beautifully. I know some people absolutely hate yarns with acrylic in them like Mighty Stitch but it’s affordable and perfect for my climate. In short, knit with what you love and forget what anyone else says. Okay, back to the sweater.
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I will admit, it isn’t a perfectly executed knit on my part. I made a couple of mistakes with my brioche but honestly that was my fault for working when I was getting sleepy, or drinking a little wine, or because a dog stepped on my stitches and that created a bit of a mess. But with brioche I feel like it hides those tiny mistakes and still looks pretty awesome. Also, how else would you know it was hand knit if it didn’t have a mistake or two? It’s still good enough for me to wear and wear it I will!
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And if you’re curious here is the entire look, pretty typical layers for this time of year. And of course I pair a bright sweater with bright pants and metallic shoes (they’re Bryr clogs, Sophie with the kilt in rose gold). But I can also throw this on with jeans or a skirt too. It’ll be a fun pop in my wardrobe. So anyone else interested in giving this knit a try? I can already see myself making a darker version in grey with neon brioche!