Stitching Status: Progress & Projects

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I’ve been knitting, but I haven’t taken any finished photos of me wearing my projects. Work is hectic and it’s been rainy here so it has been keeping me from showing you the color changing yarn on my finished Royally Striped cardigan! It’s kind of awesome so I hope I can get a time lapse video showing the color change. Fingers crossed it brightens up around here soon so I can get some UV rays on my yarn!
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One of the things I’ve loved when I made the Royally Striped cardigan is that I used an entire skein of Miss Babs Yowza – this was all that was left! It’s a mega skein of 560 yards of yummy light worsted weight yarn and is slowly becoming a favorite. I was worried I might have to crack into the other skein but I didn’t which means it can be used in another fun project. I really do play a lot of yarn chicken but since I didn’t use the same colors like in the pattern I wasn’t 100% sure what yardage amounts I would need. Needless to say, it all turned out just fine and I totally want to make this cardigan again. Maybe the next one will be more neutral? Or maybe it will be a gift for someone else? Who knows.
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In other news, I’m currently working on that baby blanket to go with the tiny green hat I made the other night. I decided on chevrons but I’m doing solid blocks of green with navy and light grey stripes of chevrons in between 3 blocks of green. I think it will have a great contrast and make the green really pop. I’m sure my girlfriend will love it and I’m sure her baby will be snuggled with it for years to come.
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Whenever I knit the dogs are glued to my hips on the couch, they’re good company. I’ve only had two occasions where Jellybean was hyped up and ran away with my ball of yarn thinking it was a toy but I quickly got it back. But I’m always snapping photos of them and usually sharing them on my Instagram stories but this pic of Jelly…every time I look at this photo all I can think of is Dumbo and the line, ‘you can fly, you can fly, you can fly!’ LOL She’s all ears and cuteness. Hopefully over the weekend I’ll have lots of sunshine and time to properly photograph my latest finished object and with the way this baby blanket is working up I’ll be finished with that soon too!

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FO: Colorblocked Blankie

Baby boy Arnold's blanket
I am officially down to only needing to knit two more baby blankets this year (fingers crossed). But I think the Purl Soho Fluffy Brioche Baby Blanket might be my go to pattern for 2016. I cast on 60 stitches on size 15 needles and can finish this big squishy blanket in 3 days. I got some leftover yarn from the last two blankets and I may do a mismatched yarn version just for Cher to wrap up in on the couch. Napping is her favorite hobby.
Baby boy Arnold's blanket
My girlfriend didn’t have a color palette when we discussed blankets before and just said, “come up with something you like.” Well okay then. I decided on a lovely deep teal of the Bernat Softee Chunky that was really a twist yarn of turquoise and a brick red and since I kept seeing pops of red peaking out I decided to add a block of red to the top when I was getting close to finishing. It just gave it a nice finish to the blanket.
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Can we talk about how much of a lifesaver this jumbo ball of yarn was?! Mind you, I took this picture halfway through the blanket – so it was bigger! No weaving in ends or trying to figure out how to make adding a ball of yarn seamless. Overall I’m pretty pleased and now I just have to finish up my Teazel cardigan before I move on to another project. I’m down to knitting the hem on the body so it will just be the decorative band and sleeves left! Perhaps by Sunday evening I’ll be ready to block that baby.
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Oh and can I just mention how I made my own stamps for gift tags? I recently picked up the Silhouette Mint stamp making kit on Amazon (it’s way cheaper than if you get it at Joann’s or Michael’s) because I’ve been toying with the idea of having a custom stamp made. Now I can actually make as many stamps as I want and change things up whenever I feel like it! I didn’t take a picture of it but the back of the tag I stamped with washing instructions. I made a basic template so I could just check off what applies for washing instructions on an individual knit gift. Love it! I’m kicking myself for not thinking of getting this sooner! And also trying to stop myself from just buying the full on Silhouette machine so I can cut and make all kinds of random crafty things. Anybody else have one?Man, I’m a crafting nerd.

FO: Fluffy Brioche Baby Blanket

It’s Monday, the hardest day of the week for me and I wish I could just be wrapped up in this deliciously squishy and soft blanket.
Paige's brioche blankie
Last week I finished the Purl Soho Fluffy Brioche Blanket for my soon to be goddaughter (they asked us over the weekend), Paige. You might remember getting a glimpse of her in her sibling sweater.
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Here she is in all her teeny tiny glory. Those tiny feet just kill me!! She’s just so little and cute! And my husband and I are super excited to become her godparents. Okay, back to the blanket details…
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Her Mom decided to do a ladybug theme for the nursery, so I wanted to do something red but I didn’t necessarily want to do red and black. So I went a little softer with my secondary yarn color choice because I knew this would be a blanket typically seen on the baby and I just felt like black would be too harsh.
Paige's brioche blankie
I picked a bright red and a soft grey and white twisted yarn and I really love the fun effect it had. Plus, it made it super easy to memorize the four row stitch pattern because I switched between the two colors every two rows.
Paige's brioche blankie
If you’re curious what the backside looked like, here it is. Or this could be the front…I really don’t know. The pattern starts with a wrong side wrong, so I probably could’ve started my color changes on different rows but I still like how it turned out. This is also my second time using the Bernat Softee Chunky yarn (the first was the heart blanket), a super bulky acrylic and I really like how soft it washes and dries. It has a lovely feel to it once you wash it. And this was much faster to do since I used size 15 needles. I’ve got another baby shower on the 30th and I’m thinking about whipping up a solid color version of this for our friends baby boy.

So do you have a go to baby blanket pattern? I’m always on the hunt for another one to add to my stash. Let me know!