FO: 1.25 Durumi Tees

I did it! I was able to whip up a tiny Durumi tee for Jellybean to coordinate with mine. I love long weekends where I can dedicate my time to foolishness.
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Because aren’t the silly things that make you smile the best things in life? I think so.
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I had another color palette originally in mind for this sweater and then I went digging through my stash for one thing and totally forgot I still had this lovely red orange yarn leftover and that it would probably pop really well with a neutral – I was right. Add in a little touch of bright blue and you’ve got a fun piece. I’ve also been super surprised by how many people have told me ‘no one ever does colorwork with cotton’ or ‘colorwork with cotton is so difficult.’ Well, it has been pretty enjoyable for me and I’m happy to take colorwork patterns I really like and make them wearable for spring/summer.
Durumi tees
The only thing I would probably change would be to make the neck opening smaller. My friend Lavon noticed it when I showed her my work in progress and I hadn’t noticed in the pics how wide the neckline was but it doesn’t make it unwearable. I just have a mental note if I make this again.
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If you follow my Instagram stories you probably saw Jellybean’s sweater come to life over the weekend. I needed a break from the body stockinette and I picked up the yarn and did the math to make her a tiny sweater. This little yoke tickled me to no end. And since I didn’t want her sweater to blend in completely with mine I changed up the color order a bit so she’d stand out when I hold her.
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This is her favorite way to be held and if I hold her like this long enough she’ll rest her head on my shoulder and go to sleep. She’s such a sweet little nugget.
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I also think she was over all of my photos at this point. And if you’re worried about whether or not Cher wanted a sweater…Cher and the Durumi tees
She gets super hot in the summer and overheats easily, so I knew I wasn’t making her one. And Bean is the opposite and is freezing in the AC and her belly is pretty hairless, so clothes are necessary all year. Besides, Cher just wants to sit on soft knits, not actually wear them.
Durumi tees
And now before I start on another Pom Pom Magazine project I’ve decided I need a metallic pink Togue Pond tank to go with my rose gold clogs. Priorities!

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Stitching Status: Summer Knitting is On!

The month of May started off insanely hectic and busy for me but as the month is winding down I’m feeling a lot better about everything. My husband doesn’t have to travel for a while AND we’re taking time off starting tomorrow in celebration of our 15th wedding anniversary! I’ve got a 5 day weekend (Monday’s a holiday) with my favorite guy with reservations to some of our favorite restaurants and no real plans…well I do hope to get in a little knitting.
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I’ve already started on my Durumi sweater, that I’ll be making into a tee. There’s only a tiny bit of colorwork in this one and somehow I managed to mess up the first row 3 times before I got my count right. LOL Good thing I have confidence now in ripping back stitches.
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Yesterday I finished off the little bit of blue colorwork and I’m working my way to getting to fasten off for sleeves. This is going to be a pretty quick knit, which is great because the temps are definitely rising. I think I’ll make bottom ribbing my red orange color (remember that yarn from this sweater?) and the ribbing on the short sleeves will be the blue color. I’m also hoping that I have enough of the tan color leftover so I can make Jellybean a mini version of the Durumi sweater too because why not? Making tiny dog replica sweaters is hilarious to me. And speaking of dogs…
Me and the Bean
Whenever I set up the camera to take pictures for the blog (this was for my Dotted Rays) one or both of the dogs always makes their way over and pulls up on my leg demanding to be included. How can I not oblige? And since it’s our wedding anniversary tomorrow, here’s a flashback to May 24, 2003.
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Gosh, we looked like babies!

FO: Rock Lobster

Update: This pattern is now available via Ravelry

It’s Friday and finally feeling like late fall/early winter around Maryland and DC. Aside from being able to wear my knits, I love the fall foliage this time of year. The colors are just gorgeous, if only I had more daylight hours to view it. My neighborhood gets so beautiful, so I decided to pop into my backyard to get better light to take these pictures for my latest finished object. Remember that test knit I was working on?
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I finished it! Meet the sweater I’m calling Rock Lobster. Why, Rock Lobster?

Well I used a yarn I’ve never used before, Sirdar Cotton Rich Aran and the color was called Lobster Pot. Plus the pattern (which has yet to be released and I will let you know when it is) is going to be called South Bay sweater which makes me think of water. So Rock Lobster just popped into my head while I was knitting this one. [Side note, I think the color should’ve been Lobster Claw instead of Lobster Pot because it’s the color of a lobster shell…but whatever I’m not in charge of naming yarns. Although that would be a fun job.]
Rock Lobster
I remember when Samantha posted this photo on instagram after a sweater makealong. I loved the gathers, the garter panel and the shortened sleeve. It was a perfect silhouette for a pullover, just my style and shape but also a simple top down knit. I jumped at the change to test knit this one for her so I could make one (or many) for myself. I ended up grabbing the Sirdar yarn on sale on yarn.com because I wasn’t sure I’d have enough of a solid color in my stash and I wanted something with cotton to make it a lighter pullover for layering. Despite a little splitting in one skein and a few knots, I really love the drape that the cotton yarn added to this pullover. It’s also super light, so I can wear this in the early summer and not freeze to death in my chilly office. I could also totally see this done in 100%  cotton yarn as just a short sleeved version for summer. No matter what, this will be made again.
Rock Lobster
The pattern will also have the option for a cowl neck as well. I could totally see that in a nice wooly yarn. Cowls aren’t my favorite so I was happy to whip up the crew neck version. I absolutely love this sweater and can’t wait to share the pattern with you once it’s live on Ravelry. It’s a super quick knit!