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.
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But I’ll be home soon! Now during down time I’m trying to figure out what my next brioche project should be!

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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?

FO: Thankful for Dogs

In 2013, the day before Thanksgiving I drove out to Virginia and picked up my very first dog, Cher. A timid and shy chihuahua pug mix who didn’t realize I was probably just as terrified of her and what to expect as she was of me. This was the first picture I ever took of her and sent to my husband.
Cher
I sewed her a blanket, bought her a chew toy (she never touched it)and tried to make her crate a cushy environment. The harnesses and collars I picked up were either too big or too small and she wouldn’t come out of her crate! Oh I was worried she’d hate me. By the end of the week I knew it was going to be okay and about 3 months later I realized she knew she was home when I found her snoring heavily on the back of the couch curled up in blankets. Fast forward 4 years (her gotcha day is actually Monday) and Cher’s got a little sister, Jellybean and a pretty cushy life. So I was thinking about making the girls sweaters that coordinated for the holidays and I realized the collars my friend Salina made them last year, would match my favorite yarn, madelinetosh in neon peach. I had just enough of that yarn and the turquoise shade called Canton from this sweater to make my girls sweaters to coordinate with their collars.
Sister sweaters
These two are getting to be posing pros! LOL The sweater pattern I loosely followed was the Waldo pattern from the Seamless Knits for Posh Pups book – a favorite of mine. It essentially gives you the basics to create a simple top down raglan sweater for a dog and is easy to modify. I changed up the stripes and added a bit of ease to the sleeves and shortened the length. But I whipped these both up in a 24 hour period.
Sister sweaters
I made Jellybean’s sweater first. I knew I wanted to make a colorblocked sweater for Cher with the blue but which I had done Jelly’s collar in blue because you lose the ribbon since it matches almost perfectly! But it’s still super cute.
Sister sweaters
I just did a few stripes on the lower half of her sweater and the stripes get gradually larger as they go down. Jellybean also realized if she did like Cher, sat and took pictures calmly then she’d get treats. I took this last pic after I was finished taking pictures but she went back to the mat to wait for a treat for being good. Of course I rewarded her. Although the sleeves are long in these pics after putting it on her and having her wear it all day I decided to cut back the ribbing and make the sleeves shorter to make it easier to put it on her. It was a smart choice but the longer sleeves do look really adorable.
Sister sweaters
Cher’s sweater is the same pattern but I went with shorter sleeves from the beginning. I don’t really put Cher in sweaters unless we’re going to be around people and I want her to be festive or if it’s really, really cold outside and I add it as a layer to her coat.
Sister sweaters
I love the big blocks of color on this sweater. But I also love that Beanie’s sweater is so bright and fun like she is. I think they match their personalities and they match the collars so well. I’m going to have to put on my Cracked Pepper sweater and take pics with them in their sweaters at some point.
Sister sweaters
I’m taking off from the blog the rest of the week for the Thanksgiving holiday but I really am thankful for these two little dogs. I get teased a lot because I treat them like family but to me they really are a part of my family. And their love is insanely pure. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving you guys! I hope you get in some quality knitting time in between time spent with family and friends.