FO: Bar Harbor for My Mom

Shall we start of the week with a finished object? I didn’t post this one last week and I had hoped to get a picture of my Mom wearing it but I didn’t before she left for travel (she’s a lady of leisure these days). Instead you get me modeling, not as cute but you get the point…
Mom's Bar Harbor
So you may remember my first Bar Harbor that was a test knit for Alicia Plummer. I knit the first one in Berroco Maya I had in my stash but saw another test knitter use Patons Metallic yarn and I knew I needed to make one with that. For my second Bar Harbor for my Mom I ordered some of the Patons Metallic because it went on crazy sale (they discontinued some colors) and decided to make my mother a version in her favorite color combo since I gave my mom her Christmas sweater, blue and bright green. With her skin tone those colors really pop on her so I knew that color combo would work well for this pattern.
Mom's Bar Harbor
My gauge in length is always a bit longer than what the pattern calls for so I have fewer stripes but you still get a striking effect. And this time instead of binding off all the panels of the shirt, then seaming and picking up stitches for the button band, I put them on hold and seamed up the sides and then just joined them to work in the round. I still got a nice clean edge.
Mom's Bar Harbor
And I decided to add a tiny pop of color with the lime green at the neckline because why not? I’ve still got a good ball and a half left of the green and I also ordered some of the Metallic yarn in black and I’m thinking of making another saddle shoulder top since it’s so nice and light weight. Green shoulders and ribbing will really stand out with the metallic black. In full length or three quarter sleeves it could turn into a great year round sweater to throw on! We shall see.

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FO: A Classic Raglan

Sometimes, you have to go with simple.
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I know I pick a lot of colors, I like to make bold statements and pick unusual patterns and color combos but sometimes simplicity really is the key. My cousin is absolutely adorable and has a very petite frame. I love knitting her sweaters because she loves to be bundled up and can be pretty much all year in Chicago. I told her boss that I knit her sweaters so she doesn’t quit and just hibernate all winter. For her holiday box of gifts, I decided to knit her the Ladies Classic Raglan sweater. Another gem of a pattern from Jane Richmond (speaking of, did you see her feature on Huffington Post Canada?).
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I even used the Patons Classic Wool suggested for the pattern because 100% wool is so warm. I grabbed it during the black Friday sales. I was drawn to this soft pink/lavender shade and knew it would be lovely with her complexion. I was so right. Despite the balls of yarn all being in the same dye lot, you can see where I joined a new ball in the middle…I’m not too pleased about that but then only knitters will notice that change in color. And what can I really do once it’s finished? No matter what it fit her nicely, I just wish the sleeve was slightly longer but it’s a bracelet length on her which is great because I gave her a great bracelet for Christmas too.
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I do love how easily you can adapt this pattern. I could remove the waste shaping and make a men’s version for my husband (but we’ve already determined his closet is jam packed and he needs nothing else) or make it in a boyfriend version for myself. I have a lovely bright pink in Lion Brand Heartland that I think I’m going to use to make this for myself. And although I’m on the west coast for work right now, I see back home we’re preparing for a huge amount of snow the day I’m supposed to get home. As exhausted and tired as I am I’d love a snow day to knit and curl up with Cher! Plus I can wrap up in some of my knitting!

Anyone else have some classic patterns they just love? Do tell!

Tis the Season

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Well, Thanksgiving means the beginning of the holiday season and although I’ve started off with a sluggish start I’m starting to get into the flow of things. We even found Cher the CUTEST Santa sweater at Marshalls last week. How can this little Misses Claus not get you happy about the holiday season?
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Most of the sales started before Friday or even Cyber Monday so I decided to get a jump start on my holiday yarn shopping. I am not doing a ton of knitted gifts this season, I’m just hoping to finish a sweater for my sister Anne, a sweater or a massive scarf for my sister Helen and if I have time, something for my Mom. I’m not as pressed to get things finished by Christmas because they’re my immediate family and they know how special a hand knit sweater is but I’ve already made some great progress over the holiday weekend on Anne’s sweater so I think I’ve made some realistic goals. I will note that in this picture it’s mainly a lot of Lion Brand Heartland Yarn (like on my Mountain High sweater) and Patons Classic Wool. I also took advantage of the Yarnspirations.com sales and got 50% off of my favorite Caron Simply Soft to build up my stash for the 2 baby girls coming in the new year and my favorite little girl Maddie 🙂
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I’ve got a really silly sweater project planned for my cousin with this Boss Bitch patch and some warm and cozy Patons Wool. I see a simple raglan with a statement making patch in her future. Aside from some yarn shopping (oh and believe I picked up enough for some more sweater projects for myself!) last week I cooked in my kitchen, knit and hung out with friends. Not a bad week at all.

Any good sales today I should be aware of? I’ve been resisting a lot of temptation but I like being tempted so do share!