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: Thankful for Dogs

In 2013, the day before Thanksgiving I drove out to Virginia and picked up my very first dog, Cher. A timid and shy chihuahua pug mix who didn’t realize I was probably just as terrified of her and what to expect as she was of me. This was the first picture I ever took of her and sent to my husband.
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I sewed her a blanket, bought her a chew toy (she never touched it)and tried to make her crate a cushy environment. The harnesses and collars I picked up were either too big or too small and she wouldn’t come out of her crate! Oh I was worried she’d hate me. By the end of the week I knew it was going to be okay and about 3 months later I realized she knew she was home when I found her snoring heavily on the back of the couch curled up in blankets. Fast forward 4 years (her gotcha day is actually Monday) and Cher’s got a little sister, Jellybean and a pretty cushy life. So I was thinking about making the girls sweaters that coordinated for the holidays and I realized the collars my friend Salina made them last year, would match my favorite yarn, madelinetosh in neon peach. I had just enough of that yarn and the turquoise shade called Canton from this sweater to make my girls sweaters to coordinate with their collars.
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These two are getting to be posing pros! LOL The sweater pattern I loosely followed was the Waldo pattern from the Seamless Knits for Posh Pups book – a favorite of mine. It essentially gives you the basics to create a simple top down raglan sweater for a dog and is easy to modify. I changed up the stripes and added a bit of ease to the sleeves and shortened the length. But I whipped these both up in a 24 hour period.
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I made Jellybean’s sweater first. I knew I wanted to make a colorblocked sweater for Cher with the blue but which I had done Jelly’s collar in blue because you lose the ribbon since it matches almost perfectly! But it’s still super cute.
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I just did a few stripes on the lower half of her sweater and the stripes get gradually larger as they go down. Jellybean also realized if she did like Cher, sat and took pictures calmly then she’d get treats. I took this last pic after I was finished taking pictures but she went back to the mat to wait for a treat for being good. Of course I rewarded her. Although the sleeves are long in these pics after putting it on her and having her wear it all day I decided to cut back the ribbing and make the sleeves shorter to make it easier to put it on her. It was a smart choice but the longer sleeves do look really adorable.
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Cher’s sweater is the same pattern but I went with shorter sleeves from the beginning. I don’t really put Cher in sweaters unless we’re going to be around people and I want her to be festive or if it’s really, really cold outside and I add it as a layer to her coat.
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I love the big blocks of color on this sweater. But I also love that Beanie’s sweater is so bright and fun like she is. I think they match their personalities and they match the collars so well. I’m going to have to put on my Cracked Pepper sweater and take pics with them in their sweaters at some point.
Sister sweaters
I’m taking off from the blog the rest of the week for the Thanksgiving holiday but I really am thankful for these two little dogs. I get teased a lot because I treat them like family but to me they really are a part of my family. And their love is insanely pure. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving you guys! I hope you get in some quality knitting time in between time spent with family and friends.