FO: Merry Christmas Mom

I wanted to end this week on a high note with a favorite project from 2016. I’ve got a bunch of my December FO’s to share and this one is just too good to wait any longer. It’s the Christmas sweater I knit for my Mom.
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I originally said I was going to make my Mom this two color cardigan using the Miss Babs Yowza in Ghoulish with a Neighborhood Fiber Co. skein of Georgetown that was a bright blue. Then I randomly picked up this insanely bright skein of Periwinkle Sheep Watercolors sock yarn in a gorgeous cobalt thinking maybe one day I’d knit my Mom a pair of socks. And then I saw the pattern for a_simmetrie and it needed dk and fingering weight yarn and I knew I had to make this sweater for my Mom. Also, is she not the cutest? We took these pics on Christmas Eve so she could send out a holiday card.

A sweater for mom
This was my Mom wearing the sweater immediately after I gave it to her on my Dad’s birthday.

This pattern was really interesting and the construction was completely different so I took my time to knit this one. It was about 6 weeks of knitting for me because I only ever knit it at home. Since I had my two huge skeins of Miss Babs Yowza I decided to knit the identical front and back pieces two at a time on a really long needle. I didn’t have to add a single ball of yarn, one skein of each was enough for each piece.
A sweater for mom
The fingering weight yarn (the blue) is what joins the front and back pieces together. I had to really read the instructions a couple of times each to make sure I got it but once you start you realize who clever this pattern really is. You also really have to get gauge on this one or your color stripe will not lay flat. I had a slight bit of buckling on the back panel because of how many stitches I picked up but it worked itself out when I blocked it.
A sweater for mom
My favorite detail that was a bit of a pain to do was the pop of color on the inside of the arm bands. How great is this little detail? The same detail is also on the bottom hem but it’s a little trickier to do in the round on smaller needles but I just took my time and was patient to make sure it worked out. I also shorted the sleeves just slightly and they turned out to be the perfect bracelet length for my Mom. We’re both short and hate how some sweater sleeves are just too long for us.
A sweater for mom
This sweater really was great but it just took me longer than my normal project. I can see making one for myself somewhere down the road. Perhaps over the summer so I have it ready for the first chilly days of next fall? I really do love how it drapes and hangs. This was such a creative knit and the color combinations are endless.
Christmas Eve
But in the end, for me it’s always about making something special for someone I love. And the fact that she loves it as much as I loved making it for her makes this an even better project.

Did any of you do any special knits for the holidays? Share!

Stitching Status: Yarn & Dogs

It’s the middle of October and I’ve finished 6 projects this month. I’ve still got a little time left this month to probably crank out something else. I love when I’m on a roll. I’ve got a nicely stocked stash of yarn, lots of patterns and the holidays quickly approaching me. I told myself once I hit November I’ll really be in full holiday knitting mode but I’m still hoping to finish a few things for myself in there as well.
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When I bought the yarn for my Colorblocked Boyfriend cardigan I just kept staring at it and the combinations I was trying to put together. As much as I love knitting, I also love putting together the yarn and the tiny details. Adding something to a pattern, finding the perfect buttons, finding color combinations that just sing. It’s as good as the actual knitting.
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When I went back to get buttons for my cardigan this skein of yarn caught my eye and it’s the perfect mix of colors to go with a skein of Neighborhood Fiber Co in my favorite studio worsted in a gorgeous Kelly green called Clintonville. I bought 2 years ago but just didn’t know what to make with it but that green caught me. So when I saw this yarn, MJ yarns in American Worsted (a light worsted like the studio worsted I love) in the colorway Peacock I knew it would be just what I was looking for to pair with my 400 yard skein of Clintonville. This is my next project I’m working on for myself, a light circular yolk sweater with a bit of swing to it. I think my Flaum cardigan will also stay in hibernation until after the holidays because I just don’t have it in me to do all that stinking ribbing, even though I want that great camel colored cardigan in my wardrobe.
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In non-knitting news…how about an update on the dogs. We are definitely still adjusting. Jelly clearly has some issues with my husband – she occasionally pees on just his stuff :/ I know it’s because she believes I am all hers and it doesn’t help that he travels but we’re working on it. We came home on Friday and she had hopped up on the bed and peed on his sweatpants. It doesn’t happen every day but we’re definitely closing off our bedroom door while we’re away. On a more positive note, she’s a total goofball, loves to try to lick Cher (which Cher lets her do for about 30 seconds) and loves playing with toys. Despite peeing on things, we’ll keep her. I do think I’ll have my husband take her to doggy training soon so that maybe the two of them will bond.
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And Cher? My sweet older lady is the best. She’s taught Jelly the value of naps and enjoying sunbeams in doorways. She is bossy and let’s Jelly know when it’s time for her to get out of my lap so she can get some snuggles but for the most part, she’s a good big sister.
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When we were in New Orleans and I boarded them I was able to catch a screenshot of them sharing a bed together in their room before lights out. At least I know when I’m not around they take care of each other.
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Sometimes I look at Cher and I see her slowing down ever so slightly and I get sad but then I remind myself I have to just enjoy whatever time we have because it’s all so sweet. And they’re the best companions when I’m knitting. Cher cuddles in close and Jelly buries herself under every project 🙂 So, life right now is looking pretty good. What’s good with you?

FO: A Colorblocked Boyfriend

I was going to save this for next week but I got a chance to take pictures and I love it so much so I figured why not end the week on a high note with a Finished Object Friday! I told you I got my knitting mojo back and over the long weekend last week I knit up a new cardigan. Meet my Colorblocked Boyfriend cardigan.
Colorblocked boyfriend sweater
Let me take a step back and talk about how this cardigan came to be because it was not in my queue and was not on my list of must make things for fall. But then I saw this Madelinetosh DK yarn in Torchere (and can’t find it online anywhere) at Looped Yarn Works and it was so striking and gorgeous I had to have it.
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There is no photo that does it justice but it is an insanely vivid pink with bits of orange and red and it’s just insanely gorgeous in person. I. LOVE. THIS. YARN. I picked up two skeins even though I wanted to buy all the skeins but I knew better than to blow my grocery budget on yarn. When I thought about what it would become I realized I also had two other skeins of neutral yarn I randomly picked up because they caught my eye and I thought they could go with another project. So I added in the Neighborhood Fiber Co studio worsted in Druid Hill (the dark grey brown) and Miss Babs Yowza in Oyster and I knew I could make a sweater.
Colorblocked boyfriend cardigan
I used the free pattern, Shapely Boyfriend cardigan but made a few modifications: I added in a garter stitch panel on the sides, changed the increases from what was on the pattern and went with a garter stitch border instead of ribbing. I also used this buttonhole technique and I think this is what all my buttonholes will be from now on. It gives them a nice reinforcement. It’s a great pattern to put your own twist on. Even though all my yarn was dk weight/light worsted and the pattern called for worsted weight I knew I could get the gauge using size 10 needles based on my Cracked Pepper cardigan. Plus I love the drape of the fabric created on those needles so I set out on Saturday morning to whip up a cardigan. By Monday morning it was blocked and drying and on Tuesday I went back to Looped Yarn Works and picked up the most perfect buttons that have every color of the three yarns I was working with.
Colorblocked boyfriend sweater
It just all came together in such a lovely way. I will admit, the pink is so intense that it did bleed a little bit on my white tee the day I wore it (Wednesday because why wait?!) but I washed the tee with some OxyClean and it came right out – no harm!
Colorblocked boyfriend sweater
I also feel like I finally got a perfect sleeve, I always seem to struggle with that on all my sweaters. This has some room to put on a long sleeve shirt underneath and it’s a great weight for this time of year all the way into spring. I may wear this piece to death.
Colorblocked boyfriend sweater
And what makes this even better is that I still have lots of yarn leftover so you may see the Great Divide Shawl whipped up in this same color palette in the future.

My knitting mojo is back, I’m down to the sleeves on another sweater that will be a gift and I can’t wait to share that next week! What’s on your needles this weekend? And HAPPY FRIDAY!!