FO: Mom’s Birthday Wrap

Yesterday was my Mom’s birthday. And about two weeks ago she gave me a not to subtle hint that I should be knitting her something (thanks, Mom). The last time I asked her what she might want me to make for her next she told me a big wrap. So I went on a search for wrap patterns that would be easy for me to do in about two weeks and I wouldn’t really need to reference the pattern. I settled on Stephen West’s Smooth Move Shawl. Endless garter stitch with an easy to remember wrap and turn.
Mom’s birthday wrap
I used Berroco Vintage DK in Breezeway (the lighter teal), Miss Babs Yowza in Surprise (the variegated color in the middle) and then did stripes with the Berroco Vintage Breezeway and Miss Babs Yowza in Ghoulish, a color I used for a project for my mom before and some leftover Neighborhood Fiber Co. in Rock Creek Part for the i-cord edge. I thought it was a fun mix and my mom likes blues and greens, so I touched on all her colors in one big wrap.
Mom’s birthday wrap
I like West Knits patterns because you can typically customize them to your liking. I stopped short on this one, it could have been HUGE but decided this was a great size to go with and with my tight deadline. My Mom would not let me photograph her yesterday with her wrap on. So instead I give you Cher sharing my Mom’s blanket with her. LOL
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It’s an extra long snuggy I sewed for my Dad years ago and the fabric pools around her feet so Cher decided it was the perfect amount for them to share the blanket together yesterday. Now on to finishing my test knit and my Rainbow Tecumseh!

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Thankful

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I had a really, really great birthday weekend. My husband took me (and the dog) to the Eastern Shore and we stayed the Hyatt Chesapeake Bay. The hotel was super dog friendly and had a million and one things to do. Of course the majority of our weekend consisted of room service, naps and some knitting but that was exactly what I needed. He also booked me a massage for Saturday afternoon and it was the best massage I have had in a long, long time.
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I also got a chance to make some progress on my rainbow Madigan! I am only a few rows away from separating the body for the sleeves, so I’m super excited about the progress. I might have gotten more done last night but I realized I was tired and was making mistakes so I fixed the row and decided to put my needles down for the night. I keep going back and forth about the order of the blues for my rainbow and I’ve got another skein of purple as the last color. In hindsight I should have picked up a lighter green to make the colors blend better but I will still be happy with my end results.
Birthday yarn
My sisters also gave me some yarn and a project bag from the local yarn shop around the corner from their neighborhood. It’s always fun to see what other people pick for you. One sister said, “I picked this color because I thought you’d like it,” and the other sister said, “And I picked this color because I would like for you to knit me something with this.” LOL I guess you can make those kinds of demands when they’re your siblings.

But now it’s Monday and I’m back to business. Work, teaching and catching up on life. I’m just thankful to have such great family and friends who think of me and want to spend time with me for my birthday. How was your weekend?

Decisions & Deliveries

I had a knitting slow down in April and May and then revved back up and have been knitting non-stop for the last 2 months. I’ve also been planning and plotting my knitting for fall and what potential gifts my family will be getting for the holidays. I’m a Virgo, I like to plan. Plus after my vacation in August I’m on a slippery slope of being crazy busy. In addition to my full time job, I’m also an adjunct professor at Howard University and grading homework and preparing lectures takes a bite out of my knitting time. I love it but haven’t figured out a way to knit and teach class at the same time…
For Auntie Helen
I’ve got a very special project that I started this weekend that I have to finish before all the chaos sets in! My aunt is turning 90 and we’re having a big celebration in her honor Labor Day Weekend. Last year I knit (and somehow did not document this project) the Betsey Shawl for her in Cascade Venezia Worsted in shades of purple, lavender and pink. She called me on my cell phone when she got the package and told me how much she loved it and loved that I was thinking of her. It completely made my day, so of course I decided to make her something special for her 90th. I’m working on the Estelle Cardigan using Berroco Elements in this gorgeous charcoal grey. The yarn is now discontinued but I picked up a ton of it for a steal on yarn.com (with an extra 15% off!). Also, why do all of my favorite yarns get discontinued?! I’m almost finished with the raglan increases and can then separate for the sleeves. I have a feeling this project will fly by and I wanted to make sure it was finished so I didn’t have to worry about it before her party in September.
Togue Pond for Jess
Today is also delivery day! My girlfriend should be getting her baby blanket and cardigan today AND I knit a SECOND Togue Pond Tank after my BFF kept dropping hints and it should arrive on her doorstep today too. I’ll post more on it this week, hopefully with her and a sweater selfie wearing it.

I’ve pretty much ordered all of my yarn and am trying to sort out what projects I will be making. I definitely see a cozy knit jacket in a bulky weight for myself, a pretty cardigan for work with some awesome Miss Babs yarn I got at Sheep and Wool Festival and then a laundry list of projects for my husband, sisters, mother and cousin. So little time and so many projects. I’ve got a few things I’m mulling over so I might post asking for some help deciding soon! So what’s on your needles lately? What are you dying to make for fall?