Stitching Status: Knitting With Dogs

In between everything I do on a daily basis, the moment I sit down I’m typically faced with this.
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A dog (or two) in my face. Cher likes to demand rubs. Jellybean just wants to curl up in my lap and will wiggle her way under any blanket and into my lap anyway she can.
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This weekend I found myself boxed in quite often. These two can settle in so quickly that I haven’t even positioned myself on the couch or grabbed my projects! And my husband is often kind enough to hand me a ball of yarn or a drink or water when I just can’t move as easily as I’d like to because of Cher and Jellybean taking over my personal space. Lucky for them, I don’t mind all the snuggles.
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And this weekend while I worked on the Carbeth sweater for my cousin Cher decided she needed to investigate the pieces in my Field Bag. She also decided the yarn needed to be licked, perhaps for quality assurance?
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But I do get to slip away from the girls and run errands and I popped into Fibre Space on Saturday to pick up a dark contrasting color yarn for another project for my cousin (I realized her birthday is a month away, so I want to also knit her these brioche socks in dk weight). And while I was there I just couldn’t resit this dog in a sweater enamel pin. You can find the artist on Etsy and her entire collection of animals in sweaters pins. So even when I’m not with my dogs, I’m always thinking of them. Now if I could just get them made into pins wearing their cute sweaters I’d be even happier.

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Stitching Status: Is It Spring Yet?

How is it March and it snowed last night?
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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…
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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.
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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.
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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!