Sneak Peek: Mom’s Bday Present

I put a few things aside this weekend and worked on finishing my mom’s birthday present.
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Cher and Jellybean both assisted.
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And now all that’s left are the billion stitches I have to do an i-cord bindoff.
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The goal is to finish it off tonight and block it so that by tomorrow evening it will be dry. Say a little prayer for me.

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Test Knit: Rumo Cardigan

It’s finally time to share the last test knit I did in September! Meet Rumo, a really great knit.
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I tend to volunteer to test knit for designers I really love and Alice Caetano’s designs are just so smart and her construction is always so clever. I don’t design knits because honestly I think there are amazing designers out there and my mind doesn’t work that way. But I can pick color! This sweater is knit sideways (I love sideways construction, I don’t know why) and it has such a great shape. It’s not your typical cardigan, it has a bit of interest to it with the seam details on the back, sides and sleeves and the squishy garter stitch sleeves are perfect on chilly days. The only seaming is with the sleeves and that I didn’t mind at all.
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I decided to knit this one in a solid so that it could be a closet staple. I love this shade of Berroco Vintage yarn in Black Current. It’s a really rich and bold color that pairs perfectly with a lot of what’s in my closet (I love this color with orange). I bought it a couple of years ago for a sweater for my husband and then he changed his mind on the color. I’m glad to get that sweater quantity out of my stash!
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I really, really love this knit and recommend it if you’re looking for a great closet staple. And added bonus…
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I found one of the new knit collection Swatch watches that matches is beautifully. Clearly I’m knitting obsessed.

Stitching Status: Finding My Rhythm

I always tell people when they start teaching that the first semester is always the hardest. You’re planning as you go and always doing a ton of prep work. Since I’ve been teaching for four years already I didn’t think about this as being my first semester but it is! I’ve got two new classes that I’ve been working on every single week and I’m exhausted!
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Hence the pic of my sleepy pups and pretty yarn. But I’m exhausted in a good way. On the knitting front I’m definitely still chugging along.
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I put my Tecumseh body on hold and am working on the sleeves. I want to add another repeat of the pattern with a grey and white yarn (I know not a part of the rainbow but…) I want to make it a longer pullover. I just need to know I’ve got enough yarn. Surprisingly, I knit this entire piece so far with just one skein of Miss Babs Yowza! It’s why I love those huge skeins, I don’t have a ton of ends to weave in. I’m sure I’ll have enough for the sleeves and more length but I just want to be sure.
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And Cher seems totally okay snuggling up to my Tecumseh. I can’t wait to finish Jellybean’s version so I can start of Cher’s too!