FO: Inspired by Beanie Beanie

I designed a hat!
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Last month when I was knitting Jellybean’s Rosco sweater I feel in love with the main stitch used for the body, the right twist stitch.
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When she was laying in my lap wearing her sweater I kept saying ‘I really love this stitch pattern, I should make a hat out of this.’ So I did! Look at those stitches, aren’t they just yummy?!
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The previous day when I was out running errands with my husband I saw this post on Fibre Space’s Instagram account and noticed there were small leopard printed faux fur pom poms in the pic. I love a good tiny dose of animal print. I had to have one and I said it out loud and my sweet husband said, ‘well, we’re close to Fibre Space if you want me to stop.’ I love that man. He stopped but what was hilarious was that he had already been to Fibre Space twice to buy my Christmas gift (a camo print Field Bag, some enamel pins for it and a gift card). And when I grabbed a pom pom I happened to see some perfectly matching camel color Woolfolk yarn, Luft near the register that told me it needed to also come with me so I picked up two skeins. I will admit, I’d wanted to try out the yarn but it’s a little expensive so I was happier to just buy two skeins with a purpose.
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Since Luft is a bulky weight yarn and is a super soft blend of cotton and merino wool I wanted to do something a little slouchy and fun. I figured out the match to do a hat with the right twist stitch and then did the crown in garter stitch.
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I love the final outcome. Now my only question is, would anyone else be interested in me writing up this pattern? I was thinking of making a hat for my cousin and working out the pattern again and I’d probably want someone else to test it for me too. Let me know if you’d be interested in the pattern or helping to test it out!

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Picking Patterns | Tundra: Elements

I knit a lot of sweaters last year. A lot. And my obsession with sweater knitting hasn’t ended and I see even more sweater knitting in my future. Part of it is that I have this goal of making all the sweaters in my closet hand knit. I wear a lot of cardigans, I love a cozy pullover or tunic, I like being warm. Despite el Nino trying to keep our winter a bit milder, there’s still a need for sweaters in these cooler temps on the east coast. So after I finish off a few things for others I’ve already got my patterns purchased for my next quick sweater knit in bulky weight yarn.
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I somehow stumbled across Tundra Elements by Kelbourne Woolens and realized it’s kind of like a Choose Your Own Adventure series but for knitting patterns.
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At the heart of it, all the patterns have the Packard sweater as their base and then you choose the collar and other details that you want and they give you those modifications. I love it! There are 8 patterns and they’re knit on 10 and 10 1/2 needles (I don’t know why but 10 1/2 is my favorite needle size. It’s not to big and not too small – weird I know) and all with bulky weight yarn. This means I can whip up at least one of these in a week! I’m surprised that although this pattern collection came out in 2013, there are only 79 projects completed thus far on Ravelry. Well, I think this sweater will be the 80th project.
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The first project on my list – Dragonslark. I’m obsessed with this fun collar and doing a great contrast of colors. I plan on using a gorgeous deep teal Berroco Vintage for the body that I’ve had in my stash  for too long and I picked up a huge skein of Miss Babs K2 in Ghoulish, a lime green, for the collar. Add in cute buttons and it will probably be the cutest sweater in my collection. After I knit this one I’m sure I’ll want to knit a couple of other ones in the collection.
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Echo Lodge might be number 2 on my list from this pattern book. Let’s see how well Dragonslark goes and I’ll let you know. I’m trying to get through everything in my stash and things that I had queued and sadly, I don’t have a lot of bulky weight in my stash. But even if I don’t get to all of these in this collection by February, I’ve definitely got a few projects to look forward to for next winter!

What’s a fun pattern collection that I should check out? Any suggestions?

Stitching Status: Cheers to the Weekend

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My knitting space is a mess. My kitchen is still idling at 80% (by Tuesday I’ll be back to a functioning kitchen). I have a sleeve left on an Oatmeal sweater for myself but I don’t love the color of the yarn (too taupe). I’m knitting away furiously at my husband’s Sawyer so that I can have all my pieces finished by Thursday.

I’m doing a lot.

But I’m finally feeling better (I can breathe!) and I have zero plans this weekend which means I will have time to clean my house and knit. Oh and Manos del Uruguay yarns featured me on their Instagram account in my sweater I knit with their Gloria yarn (so yummy I bought more to make my sister a cardigan). I also think I’m going to knit myself a Trail Jacket next as a good work layering piece. I just can’t decide on making it in a deep teal, Kelly green or apple green yarn. Decisions, decisions – feel free to let me know what color you’d choose. Needless to say this weekend of zero obligations is a perfect way to end what has been an insanely hectic week. So I hope you have a weekend filled with knitting too!