Stitching Status: Looking Forward to Fall

Despite it being 93 degrees on Wednesday, it’s getting cooler in the evenings when I take the dogs out for their last walk of the day. I know fall is just around the corner and because I knit sweaters I look forward to it more now. I’m currently working on the Flaum cardigan for myself.

Flaum cardigan via Ravelry
Flaum cardigan via Ravelry

I’ve had the Cascade 220 Superwash in Doeskin Heather for entirely too long in my stash and I’m finally putting it to good use. I need a cardigan I can throw on as a neutral with any and everything and I’m hoping this is that cardigan. When I scrolled through the project pages I realized everyone else felt the same way about this cardigan because there are so many neutral colors!
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I wear a lot of color and I’ve got some plans for great two color cardigans and sweaters to add to my wardrobe but sometimes you just need a staple that you can wear with anything. It’s all done in a ribbing pattern so I feel like it’s smaller than it should be but I have to keep reminding myself that it will stretch out once I block it. I have to stop worrying and just trust my knitting.
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I’m also itching to knit myself a few new hats this year. I took a break from hat knitting last year but need to pick it back up at least for myself. This is the beginnings of a hat for a girlfriend I’m going to see this weekend. I had a gorgeous skein of Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted that I used to make her a super soft and slouchy hat. I can’t wait to give it to her. Plus I finally got my Hillary Clinton patches in the mail and I fully intend on knitting myself a hat and putting on an H patch to show my support! I’m ready for fall, I’m ready for the cool down. Bring it Mother Nature!

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Stitching Status: So. Many. Stitches!

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This was yesterday morning, only 2 1/2 inches on my Boothbay garter stitch collar. I’m happy to announce that as of yesterday evening I finished the collar and am working on the sleeves!!
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Here’s the one worry I have…since it isn’t blocked right now the sweater is sitting up quite awkwardly on my butt {insert laughing emoji right here…}. I know, I know…I would’ve never considered my butt in a knitwear design but I am keeping my fingers crossed that once this bad boy is blocked and can relax a bit more it will sit properly over my hind parts. Otherwise someone really slim with no booty will be getting this sweater I’ve worked diligently on for the last 2 weeks. The goal is to finish the sleeves and block this baby by Sunday!
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I rewarded myself yesterday for finishing the garter stitch collar by casting on the Oatmeal sweater for my cousin. I always make her the smallest size because she is TINY but I then worry about whether or not it will fit because I feel like I’m knitting a toddler sweater. Everyone says this pattern runs small, which is probably in her favor and I hope it will fit her like a glove. I’m flying to Chicago next Friday to see her so only time will tell. This is a quick knit so once I finish off Boothbay I should be able to fly through finishing this one.
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As I’m looking through my Ravelry projects if I finish up this Oatmeal sweater this week I will have completed 3 adult sweaters and 2 baby cardigans in the month of September. Clearly I have smoke coming off of my knitting needles but I’m going with it while I’ve got some knitting fire power within me. Oh and here’s a picture of Cher because she’s my dog, it’s my blog and I just think she’s the cutest.

Have a great weekend!

Wishing & Hoping

I do this every year. I create spreadsheets and lists of what I want to knit between now and February. I’ve also been attempting to whittle down my stash and buy new yarn with my plan in mind. I try my best to stock up while things are on sale so that I get the most for my money. I would love it if every sweater in my closet was a hand knit, I want an awesome hand knit closet. Plus, I average about 2 1/2 weeks to complete a sweater, so I can feasibly make this wish list happen but I also know between work, teaching and making gifts for those close to me I might get through 3 or 4 of these sweaters this season. Now remember, this is just a list of what I want to knit for myself…this does not include what I want to make for others.
Katrine sweater for Safia
1. The Katrine Cardigan. Last year I knit this for my cousin and it was a quick and satisfying bulky knit. My office is always freezing, so I like a nice warm cardigan to layer with in the winter. I grabbed some Bernat Wool-Up Bulky yarn in Lemongrass when they had their friends and family sale and plan to use it for this project.
Lila Winter
2. Lila Winter. This is another sweater from the Madder Anthology 2 and I have some deep teal Berroco Vintage Chunky that I think would be lovely with this pattern. It also has short row shaping at the hips and I love me some short row shaping!
Yellow Brick Road
3. Yellow Brick Road Cardigan. At the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival I picked up 2 huge skeins of Miss Babs Yowza in the Celebration colorway and I think this cardigan would be perfect with it. I have a skein of gorgeous cobalt blue Neighborhood Fiber Company that I intend to use for the button band, collar and ribbing around the cuffs. I also love that it has a pleated sleeve, a technique I got to use on the Tutu top a few months ago.
Toulouse Pullover
4. Toulouse Pullover. Maybe it’s because I love Toulouse Street in New Orleans or maybe it’s because I love a good tie around the neck but I’ve wanted to make this sweater since I saw it the 2012 Knitscene. I have some very yummy Madelinetosh Vintage that I plan to make this with in a gorgeous pink colorway. This might be one of the first things I make for fall.
Trail Jacket
5. Trail Jacket. I get slightly overheated with knit sweaters so I like anything with an elbow length sleeve and this jacket would be perfect for my work wardrobe. I want to knit it with a Kelly Green Plymouth Yarn Encore Chunky I’ve had in my stash for a bit. Green is my favorite color so I need a pretty green cardigan in my wardrobe.

And for my final choice, I’m a bit torn. I have enough Cascade 220 Superwash to complete one of these two sweaters. I purposefully bought it in a camel color so it could be a neutral I could wear all the time (because I’m notorious for making something in a neon bright and can’t wear it all the time). So which one of these should I make with it?
Beacon Hill
Option one is Beacon Hill by Jane Richmond. I love her patterns and this would be a visually interesting shawl collared cardigan with texture.
Barn Sweater
Option two is the Barn Sweater, another from the Madder Anthology 2. I can do three quarter or full length sleeves and it has pockets on the front as well. I keep going back and forth between the two and I just don’t know what I really want to make!

So what would you choose? Please help me decide or suggest another pattern to make me even more confused! Poll below.