I’ve been busy at work but I’ve still managed to make some progress with my knitting. I think I’m knitting my last acrylic/wool/blend sweater for a bit since spring has sprung very suddenly! Don’t worry, I’ve got some lighter pieces like that vest I want to make my mom and myself and I have some cotton yarn for a summer top that I haven’t figured out exactly what it should be but I think my sweater knitting will slow down for a bit. Besides, completing 7 sweaters in 3 months isn’t too shabby. My Lila Top Down is essentially going to be my early morning sweatshirt for taking Cher on walks and throwing on as another layer when it’s still chilly in the morning. I’m excited to see it almost finished! So instead of sharing what I’ve been knitting or FO’s, I thought I’d share something that always makes me happy – rainbows!
There is a Converse x Woolrich collaboration and these Chuck Taylor All Stars have been added to my collection. If I had known about this version I probably would’ve bought them but I’m pretty happy with my purchase. I bought (and still have and in pretty good shape) my first pair of All Stars when I was 15 on a cross country family road trip – that was 22 years ago! They are of course a sentimental favorite but they sparked a love for a sneaker that I have in so many patterns and colors.
When I saw these were a rainbow color palette AND wool I knew they would pair perfectly with my Rainbow Madigan. This is my favorite sweater and I love wearing it in early spring since it has short sleeves. I’ve got a fun collar to keep the chill away and it’s still warm but not so overwhelmingly hot. Also, this Sweet Georgia Superwash Worsted yarn is AH-MAZING. This is the second time I’ve put this sweater in the washing machine on a delicate cycle and it washes up beautifully. No pilling, this stuff is a dream and worth every penny.
And of course whenever I take a picture my favorite furry BFF has to be involved. I can’t not include my Cher!
I feel so accomplished because I have a bunch of finished object posts but really it’s just because I was holding off on sharing until after the holidays. But I did finish a sweater on January 1 and I’m finished with the body of another project that I hope to finish by Sunday. Sweaters are still flying off my needles in the new year. But with work getting busy for our huge trade show in a few weeks and spring semester starting next week (yikes!), I know my knitting progress might slow down just a tiny bit.
Does this look familiar? LOL Remember my custom cardigan I made for myself a few months back? Well when my sister Anne saw it she told me she wanted the same sweater but with navy blue border and buttons. Here’s the thing about people who don’t knit, they don’t understand sometimes how difficult something can be but because she’s my sister I figured out how to make it work. Here’s a pic of the original if you need a refresher.
This was the first time I made up a pattern and I had some mistakes (I’m talking about you short rows on my collar), so I knew I would want to omit a few things from Anne’s pattern to make it a bit cleaner. I also needed to take better notes and that’s a shame because I have a pattern writing notebook my BFF gave me for my birthday but I just wrote insane notes all over my iPad Bamboo notebook that I later couldn’t figure out. LOL Oh well. I think I should’ve picked up a couple more stitches for the button band because it bunches just a tiny bit – but when you put it on you don’t notice. And on both versions of the cardigan it has a curved bottom…not by design. LOL BUT my sister liked it a lot. And since I didn’t want the cardigans to be exact matches, instead of doing an off white base of color, I picked up the pale grey/light blue Gloria yarn instead to go with the dark blue SweetGeorgia Superwash Worsted on the button band and edging. I like her more cool blue toned cardigan color palette a lot and this Manos Gloria yarn is just so soft and cozy. Perfect for this cold snap we’re having on the East Coast.
And here she is modeling her sweater on Christmas Eve. Not I just have another year to worry about what complex things my siblings will ask me to knit them for the next Christmas! LOL
One of my favorite warm beverages is a London Fog, or Earl Grey Latte. So when I saw the pattern Caramel Latte and decided it would meet my sister’s requirements for a knitted sweater (turtleneck – not too tight, sleeves – quarter or full length, body fitted but not too fitted…) and then paired it with this gorgeous SweetGeorgia Superwash Worsted yarn, I knew it would be renamed to Earl Grey Latte.
I kept this project private on Ravelry and didn’t share it here on the blog because I wanted it to be a surprise for my sister. She told me I knocked it out of the park and that, my friends, is not an easy task. Helen loves blues, greys and burgundy tones and I just fell in love with this slate grey/blue color called Magpie. Plus because I love knitting with SweetGeorgia I knew this project would be a satisfying knit.
I worked this up on size 9 needles and I actually sat it down for a week after the body was complete before I knit the sleeves to work on my own sweater. I told you, I have been all about knitting for myself lately but I knew I had time before Christmas to finish the sleeves, block it and wrap it for Christmas. The pattern is a simple top down raglan, with a little bit of short row shaping on the back and the most detail comes in the turtleneck and ribbing. It works up into a lovely texture. Once I blocked it the ribbing really opened up and the turtleneck is kind of a turtleneck/cowl hybrid. Not too tight but not too drapey either. I was also happy that I could follow the pattern exactly and didn’t have to modify the sleeves for a short person like myself. It fit her perfectly!
Another sign that she really loved it, she put it on and kept it on even though my house was hot from making dinner. LOL That’s when you know you’ve definitely given them exactly what they wanted. Added bonus, it comes in a child’s pattern called Hot Chocolate, so Maddie will be getting one for her first birthday and she and Helen can be twins!
Did you get your holiday knits completed in time for Christmas? Share!