FO: Sparkly Seagrass for My Sister

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With my trusty helpers Cher and Jellybean constantly in my lap and sitting on my yarn, I was able to finish my sister’s Sparkly Seagrass sweater over the weekend.
Anne's Sparkly Seagrass
Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures of her wearing it because I dropped it off to her at work the other day and she quickly slipped it on to make sure it fit and I needed to get back to my office. But I knew one thing for certain when I was making this sweater – she would love the sparkly yarn and she did.
Sheep and Wool haul
I bought this new to me Tempting Ewe So DK and Sparkly yarn at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival last spring. When I saw it the purple-pink color caught my eye and the fact that there was a great sparkly thread running through made me snatch up a sweater’s quantity. It is a superwash and washed up very soft and has a lovely drape to it. I definitely want more and they’re just in Baltimore so I know I can always go back. I think I knew all along that my sister Anne would have something made from this yarn because she sweats glitter. LOL She’s so feminine and girly that I knew I needed to make something with this just for her.  Plus with the waist shaping and the lace on the bottom it gives a really feminine feel to a simple cardigan. And since we’re in this cool spring season I thought why not make her something short sleeved that she can wear now and add a long sleeve to it later?
Anne's Sparkly Seagrass
My only issue I had with the Seagrass pattern is that I get careless with the lace pattern. It’s a simple and easy to memorize pattern but if you get caught up watching something on TV you inevitably end up skipping a stitch or two somewhere and have to frog it back. I may have done that about 8 times but in the end I was able to fix my mistakes. I think it’s a good contrast to my original Seagrass cardigan I made for myself. It’s kind of like how different we are even though we’re sisters.
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In case you were wondering, this is Anne. Sisters!

Stitching Status: Preparing for Snow

They’re saying we’re finally getting snow this year and it waited for when I’m on spring break from teaching. Thanks, Mother Nature. It’s fine, I’m not traveling and we actually got my cousin a ticket to come fly out from Chicago to see us on Wednesday so she’ll be flying in after the snow is supposed to hit us. Unfortunately she was hoping to escape Chicago’s cold for DC’s milder temperatures…that’s not going to happen. Oh well. So what will I be working on if I get a snow day tomorrow (finger’s crossed)?
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Remember my Seagrass cardigan? I’m working on a two color version for my sister Anne. I’m using that lovely sparkly Tempting Ewe yarn I picked up at the Sheep and Wool Festival last year. I had ideas for something for myself but the sparkle screams my sister Anne. Plus since it’s already March and spring is supposed to be on the way I figured I would make her a short sleeved sweater for this transitional time of year. It’ll be a nice layering piece.
Sea grass cardigan
Here’s a back view of my version. I’m using the pink/purple yarn color for the ribbing at the back waste, the garter stitch trim at the bottom and the collar. If I have enough of it I’ll also add a touch of color to the ribbing on the sleeves. We shall see. I had to put it down last night after I missed a stitch twice on the lace and had to go back a full row. Sometimes my eyes need to focus on something else so I picked up my Find Your Fade Shawl.
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I’ve added my fifth color since I took this picture but I don’t have enough of the bright blue yarn to do a full pattern repeat so I’m going to be adding in my sixth color soon! I’m using the leftover Periwinkle Sheep yarns bright sapphire blue from my Mom’s sweater I made her for Christmas. I wanted to incorporated that yarn into my fade but knew I wouldn’t have the full yardage I needed but I think the pop of color will still look really good. I can’t tell you how much I love making this shawl. It’s a good piece to pick up in between other projects. I’m sure I’ll make another one in the future for someone else. And in non-knitting related news I’ve been working on getting the dogs to take better selfies. LOL
Selfies!
Clearly this is time well spent. I just crack up because they always look at me. But they’re cute memories to have on my phone.

What are you working on currently?

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival 2016

I think I can put myself in the category of true yarn fanatic and knit-a-holic because I got up and drove out to the Howard County Fairgrounds to go to Maryland Sheep and Wool festival after 11 days of rain in our area. When I tell you it was 55 degrees, a little drizzly and MUDDY and yet I trekked on with my BFF in tow…yeah I’m a fanatic. But I wasn’t the only one! I had a budget and I stuck to it. I think I had about $25 left when I walked back to my car. But I left with my wellies covered in mud, a backpack full of yarn and a smile on my face. So here’s what I got (because I know that’s what you want to know).
Sheep and Wool haul
Despite the fact that my LYS carries Miss Babs, I still like to go to her booth to touch the skeins and figure out what combinations I want to mix and match. You just can’t do that online and I hate when I get to my LYS and a color I want is gone or only has one skein left. I picked up these three, Ghoulish and Shaken Not Stirred. I’m seeing a simple sweater that’s mainly bright green with either stripes of a block fun mixed color.
The line was long but I got all the lovely @missbabsyarns I wanted and met THE Miss Babs too! #MDSW2016 #mdsheepandwool #yardsofhappiness
If you follow me on Instagram you probably got a sneak peek of what I bought. I was standing in the very long line for Miss Babs but I was happily chatting it up with other yarn lovers and my BFF Jess kept going back and forth to the booth to see what she might buy. I also met THE Miss Babs at checkout! I hope to be as cool as her as I get older. Her style was so cool too.
Sheep and Wool haul
I also bought a new to me yarn, Tempting Ewe Yarns because their logo caught my attention and then sparkly yarn sealed the deal for me. I picked up four skeins of the grey and one of this purple magenta color in a DK weight. I have no clue what it will be or who it will be for but it has sparkle and felt so soft I had to buy it.
Sheep and Wool haul
My last yarn purchase was two skeins of Neighborhood Fiber Company Studio Worsted in the color Fells Point. It’s green, turquoise and a goldenrod color and it just spoke to me. The owner said that it doesn’t always come out looking like this but it’s her favorite version of this colorway too. So I picked up 2 skeins.
Sheep and Wool haul
My last purchase was a set of six buttons from Melissa Jean Ceramics. I picked up buttons from her booth last year and was hoping to find her again because I didn’t remember the name of her company! They’re like little pieces of artwork for my cardigans.
Maryland Sheep & Wool success! I finally got to meet @fussbudgit in person after all these years chatting online 😊
I also finally got to meet in person Renee of Miss Celie’s Pants. I started following her blog when I took sewing lessons years ago and she followed my old blog and then followed me as I started knitting. We’ve emailed, tweeted and talked on Instagram but on Saturday we were finally able to hug. She lives in Baltimore, so about an hour away from me and is convinced I need to buy a knitting machine, so we’re going to get together this summer so I can check her machine out. Jess also tried to convince me on the ride home that it totally made sense for me to get a knitting machine too. LOL Never say never, right?

I browsed, took video of sheep for my girl Maddie (she’s learning her animal sounds) and got lost of compliments on my Cracked Pepper sweater while I was walking around. Either the buttons of the bright pop of peach caught people’s attention. I also saw some amazing sweaters too out there since it was chilly enough to still wear them. It was a great way to spend my Saturday and I will definitely be back next year!