Stitching Status: Is It Spring Yet?

How is it March and it snowed last night?
My husband took the dogs out for their last walk of the evening and came back in covered in big fat snowflakes. I’m pretty sure Jellybean would like to transition from her sweaters and hoodies to a light weight t-shirt (yes, even in the summer she wears clothes or she’s shaking and freezing). And speaking of the dogs…
Our furniture style is pretty mid-century modern and when I saw this velvet couch for dogs in HomeGoods I couldn’t resist. It goes perfectly with the living room refresh I did in the fall. And although we cover our couch in blankets during the day so the girls can lounge on it, it’s nice to have a spot for them that’s all theirs whenever we have people over and the couch isn’t available to them.  Right now I have to bribe them by putting blankets or their heated mat on it but I have a feeling it will become Cher’s place to go when Jellybean is annoying her. And even though it’s snowing and cold today, I can feel spring around the corner. Here’s a little sneak peek of my test knit I just finished.
Vero Test Knit
I’ll definitely share more details once the pattern is released next week but I knit this up with the now discontinued Crystal Palace Panda Pearl Yarn I’ve used before (this cardigan and this top) and it’s a lovely and light piece begging for warmer days. Also why do all the yarns I love get discontinued? And I think my sweater knitting mojo is coming back. I’m knitting not one but two right now! I started on the Tamsyn cardigan last week after I picked up some yarn from Fringe Supply Co. in a lovely warm toffee color and black. I’m also adding in a random white stripe through the body as well. I’m halfway through the body but I’ve been hooked by the Carbeth sweater craze and decided to cast on the Carbeth cardigan for myself last night. I just can’t resist after seeing so many and clearly it’s a quick knit. I also want to make the pullover version for my cousin in Chicago too because in Chicago she can pretty much wear a sweater most of the year. So yes, I’m still knitting even though spring still feels like it is miles away.


Stitching Status: Travel Brioche

I’m traveling this week for an annual trade show for work that is always hectic, slightly stressful and full of long days. But I always take knitting with me to try to soothe my nerves and wind down after a long work day. I decided to take two projects with me, my Comfort Fade Cardigan so I could make progress on the body and a new project, a Stephen West Brio-Garter Hat.
Brio-garter hat
I’ve been itching to do something else with 2 color brioche since I finished my sister’s vest but I wanted to take it to the next level. I watched some YouTube videos before I got on the plane about brioche stitch increases and decreases…yeah I didn’t have it down. LOL But this hat starts with an i-cord and then you pick up stitches so it was easy to keep frogging it and starting over once I had already created the i-cord.
Brio-garter hat
I think I started this over 5 times before I realized that in brioche knitting, the stitch with the yarnover that you knit together is consider ONE STITCH. Oops! After that it was easy but that doesn’t mean I didn’t make mistakes. I’d start with the wrong color or start purling instead of knitting or do a left decrease instead of a right decrease. Despite my mistakes, I finished a lovely hat the other night that taught me a lot in the process.  Even with my mistakes it looks really good! I’ll have to take proper pics once I get back home. And speaking of back home…of course I miss my husband but I’m definitely missing these fuzzy butts.
But I’ll be home soon! Now during down time I’m trying to figure out what my next brioche project should be!

November’s FO’s

How is it already December? HOW?!
November FOs
Since it is the first of the month I always like to look back at what I was able to accomplish in the last month. Let’s take a look:

  • Coordinating sweaters for Cher and Jellybean. I love my dogs. I love silly and over the top things. Knitting my dogs sweaters to match collars my friend made them is right up my alley. This is where I shine, folks. LOL Folks love to give me grief over it and I don’t care, I knit what makes me happy and these two sweaters definitely make me happy.
  • Birthday Brioche for my sister! Oh this project makes me feel so accomplished. I wanted to try two color brioche for so long and now I finally did it and it’s so cute. Bring on more brioche in 2018!
  • The Road Trip hat. This was a super quick and easy project to do while riding to Tennessee.
  • Test Knit, South Bay. So I love this sweater and the pattern was just released!! Head on over to Ravelry to see other projects (you can also make this with a cowl neck) and I’m pretty sure you’ll want to buy this pattern for some selfish knitting for yourself after the holidays! Let me know if you buy it and share your projects too!

I didn’t think I did a lot but I did! And there’s always so much I still want to accomplish but I only have two hands. What were you able to finish in November?