FO: Eden

My absolute favorite color is green. The perfect green is a true Kelly green, a perfect medium tone of green in all her glory. But honestly, I love green in every shade. So when I was struck by a skein of MJ Yarns in the colorway peacock a few weeks ago I knew it would pair perfectly with a skein of studio worsted from Neighborhood Fiber Co in the colorway Clintonville. And I was right. And I used both these amazing green yarns to make myself a sweater I’m naming Eden, because doesn’t it look like a lush garden in paradise?
Eden sweater
Here’s what I have loved lately in finished garments and helped shape what Eden would become, the drape and lightness of dk or light worsted weight yarns knit on larger needles. Once I knit Cracked Pepper I was kind of hooked. So when I pulled out my gorgeous green skeins I decided that I would knit on size 10 needles and make a sweater again without a pattern because I why not? For this sweater I wanted:

  • Neckline: I didn’t want a v neck but I didn’t want a crew neck either. I went with a circular yoke sweater again (I love the construction) and started by casting on 96 stitches to give myself a wider neckline. I figured if it was too big I’d tighten it up with a garter stitch border but I loved how the rolled neckline turned out.
  • Body: I figured since it’s winter I didn’t want a really fitted sweater, so I did a gradual a-line shape so that it pulled away from the body. It can easily hide my Thanksgiving meal belly. Priorities, folks.

Eden sweater

  • Sleeves: So I’ve learned that knitted sweaters are super warm but I don’t always want to be that cozy. My preferred length is elbow or three quarter length sleeves. This is just beyond my elbow so if I do wear this to a holiday party I won’t feel like I’m overwhelmingly hot from my sweater.
  • Length: I ended up calling the yarn shop and buying the last skein of the Peacock yarn so that I had 3 skeins (215 yards) of it so that I could make this a longer piece and not worry if I had enough for my sleeves. I have a little yarn from both skeins left (the solid was a 400 yard skein) but this would’ve been much shorter if I hadn’t picked up the extra skein. Thanks to my work knitting buddy Lavon for pushing me to pick up that last skein.

Eden sweater
I didn’t think I would like the rolled neckline but once I blocked it and put it on I decided I didn’t want to mess with it. It’s clean and simple. I went with a simple circular yoke doing KFB increases that are pretty seamless and blend in with the yarn. I have contemplated embellishing the top half just a little with some green flat back stones. If I do I’ll post about it but right now I love it in its simplicity.
Eden sweater
This was also my first time trying MJ Yarns and I love how nicely it worked up. I hope it wears just as nicely. I’m itching to wear this one so hopefully I will wear it to work next week. I’m thoroughly enjoying all of the sweater weather we’re having and wish it would stay cool and breezy like this for the next 3 months and we just skip winter entirely.
Eden sweater
So I’ve got another sweater on my needles that I’ve already separated from sleeves that I hope I can get down to the sleeves by Monday (fingers crossed) and then November will mark the beginning of my holiday knits for family!! So what are you working on this weekend?

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!!