FO: Blizzard Bulky Knits

Green Katrine
What do I do when I am home during a blizzard? Knit a jacket. Because my name is Dana and I’m an obsessive sweater knitter. They say all knitters have their “thing” that they love to knit and I thought my knitting thing was hats because I started knitting so I could make cool hats to fit my big head. But apparently my thing is sweater knitting! I never would’ve thought that would be what I love to knit but it’s true. I’m trying to pull together some of the lessons I’ve learned with sweater knitting so that if anyone else is intimidated like I used to be it might motivate them to give it a try. In the meantime, allow me to introduce you to Katrine.
Katrine sweater for Safia
I originally knit this pattern in 2014 for my cousin Safia (the one in Chicago who is tiny and always in need of an extra layer). I surprised myself on the first one by figuring out my yarn wasn’t a true bulky weight and that I could double it up to achieve what I needed to for this pattern. I also think I spent more money on the buttons for her finished sweater than I did for all the yarn I bought on sale! But it’s definitely one of my earlier sweaters where I was still figuring out a lot of things and learned a lot. It wasn’t perfect but she loves it and sent me a picture in it the other day. That makes my heart sing – that’s why I like to give a knitted gift.
Green Katrine
A couple of things I did differently this time around:

  1. I gave myself more of a collar than on the original. It still wasn’t the full collar but enough for me to have something around my neck. I do not have a lot of neck and that full 10 inch collar would’ve just swallowed up my head.
  2. I finished the top of the collar with an i-cord edge per the instructions. I barely had any yarn to spare on the first version so I couldn’t do it. I honestly don’t think it needed it but I still have 1 ball of yarn left over from my stash even after adding the i-cord edging.
  3. I made it a size bigger than I would typically make my sweaters in order to fit a knit sweater underneath it. She actually suggests that in the pattern so I said why not make it a size up and make it a great jacket for spring and with the 50-60 degree weather we’ve had it’s been great!

Green Katrine
I actually have a Kelly green vest that I think this sweater will pair perfectly with when I want a bit more warmth. I can also wear this to work as a layer for those extra chilly days in my office. Oh and the buttons? My Joann’s has the best button selection in the world. I love it! They have never let me down. The buttons on this version and my cousins version were both purchased at Joann’s and picking buttons is probably my favorite part of finishing a cardigan. Oh and I finally gave in and bought myself a new camera. My DSLR was just giving me hell and now that I’ve bought the newer version I’m blown away at how much better my pictures are again. I love taking pictures and I realized I slowly had stopped taking real photos (instead of just grabbing my cell phone) because my camera was acting up so much. So hopefully I’ll be back to better photography of my knits here on the blog.

And if you have any sweater knitting tips to share, leave them in the comments and I’ll add them to my future post!

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Glimpses

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I’m back to my office and my classroom after a good 12 days off because of travel and blizzard. Since getting home Friday morning I’ve finished one toddler cardigan, one adult sized cardigan and a super bulky weight hat. I’ve snapped a few pics of them both on my kitchen table but not on myself or the baby…I’ll get to it at some point. So here’s a sneak peek at her finished sweater. It’s super cute and I’m hoping it fits her nicely.

Why is it that as soon as I get back to work I always feel like I have zero time? I have loved these last few days of lounging on the couch, drinking tea, knitting and clearing out the DVR. I missed my husband and dog something awful while I was away so it was nice to have them both all to myself for a few days without any obligations (other than to walk the dog – and she was a trooper in the snow). Also, we watched all 10 episodes of Making a Murderer on Netflix and I highly recommend it. But today I’m back to reality. I’ve got homework to grade, presentations to prepare and lots of work to do. Hopefully I can sneak in some more knitting time in the evening.

So what’s new with you? Anything exciting going on? Do share!

Snow Days

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My husband and I made our flights home within 30 minutes of each other on Friday, just a few hours before Blizzard Jonas hit our area. I don’t know if I’ve ever hugged him so tightly as I did when I saw him in the airport. All that stress and anxiety I had all week just melted away when he hugged me. Clearly he gives the best hugs, they always make me feel like everything is going to be okay. And despite the 20+ inches of snow, everything is okay.
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Before Kendell left for his business trip he went to the grocery store, so I already had a freezer and fridge full of supplies when I got home. So we hankered down and have been binge watching How to Make a Murderer on Netflix. And my first subscription to Yarnbox arrived! I didn’t start anything with the yarn yet because I wanted to finish off a cardigan for Maddie (I did – details later this week) and then I started stash busting and am almost finished with another cardigan/jacket for myself (more details later this week).
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But this yarn is just dreamy. I’ve been wanting to make something for one of my aunts and her favorite color is green so this might be perfect for her. Now to just settle on the project I want to make with it.
All I can say is that @kenyc24 is awesome. Shovels snow and walks Cher without any complaint. 😍😘👏 #cherstagrams #snowmageddon
So this is us right now. A huge wall of snow that’s way taller than Cher (she’s been such a good girl and a trooper in the snow). Our neighbors were all out shoveling yesterday and Kendell is always the guy helping all of our older retired women out on our block. I think he shoveled out at least 3 other spaces. But we’re okay. No work, no class, a fridge full of food and good company. I’m thoroughly enjoying my snow days. How’s the weather where you are?