Stitching Status: Weekend Update

Happy Monday! Sometimes I sit down to write and realize I don’t take as many pictures as I probably should for someone who blogs. I try my best a lot of times to just be present and enjoy what’s happening and that means not pulling out my phone or a camera. For example, I met a frequent commenter and now friend, Claudia from Proper Tension on Friday! She was in DC for a conference so we met on Friday after I got off of work for burgers in Capitol Hill. It’s always great to meet up with someone you feel like you know because of their online presence and it’s even better when they’re just as great as you had hoped. And since I don’t have a picture with Claudia, here’s one of Jellybean…
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and the ball of yarn I worked with this weekend. I pulled out a lovely ball of Pumpkin colored Caron Smiply Soft to work up a little cardigan for my friend Larry and his wife who are having a baby very soon! I whipped up this hat for Larry a few years ago as a thank you and I thought his son might look good in orange too.
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And at the last minute last night I said, why not whip up a pair of socks to match? Clearly we’re not getting a serious winter here so I made the sweater short sleeved for spring and instead of a hat decided on the Little Squirrel socks by TinCan Knits. I figured he may get more wear out of the sock in the spring than a hat. And one little sock only took me an hour and a half to whip up (they’re worsted weight and newborn size). I can finish the second sock tonight, wash and dry them with the sweater and then put on buttons. It’s the sweetest gift and I know he and his wife will love it.
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Also the sweetest, my girlfriend has taken up sewing and made my dogs bandannas! Cher is serious about her modeling. LOL
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I immediately put them on after I opened the mail and the only way to make the girls stay still is to put them on a high table. And of course, Jellybean almost attempted to jump off. Sigh…she believes she’s part flying squirrel. I swear.
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And my last fun tidbit from the weekend, I wore my pair of knit print leggings I picked up from Sweet Legs! I know people rave about Lula Roe leggings and I bought one pair but I hate the process and didn’t love them that much. So when I saw someone on Instagram wearing these leggings I went to the site and decided to give them a try. They’re great quality, decent price and they shipped to me super quick! They’re a winner in my book. I may order more prints for my weekend wear. So that’s what sums up my weekend, how was yours?

Stitching Status: Yarn & Dogs

It’s the middle of October and I’ve finished 6 projects this month. I’ve still got a little time left this month to probably crank out something else. I love when I’m on a roll. I’ve got a nicely stocked stash of yarn, lots of patterns and the holidays quickly approaching me. I told myself once I hit November I’ll really be in full holiday knitting mode but I’m still hoping to finish a few things for myself in there as well.
Yummy yarn
When I bought the yarn for my Colorblocked Boyfriend cardigan I just kept staring at it and the combinations I was trying to put together. As much as I love knitting, I also love putting together the yarn and the tiny details. Adding something to a pattern, finding the perfect buttons, finding color combinations that just sing. It’s as good as the actual knitting.
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When I went back to get buttons for my cardigan this skein of yarn caught my eye and it’s the perfect mix of colors to go with a skein of Neighborhood Fiber Co in my favorite studio worsted in a gorgeous Kelly green called Clintonville. I bought 2 years ago but just didn’t know what to make with it but that green caught me. So when I saw this yarn, MJ yarns in American Worsted (a light worsted like the studio worsted I love) in the colorway Peacock I knew it would be just what I was looking for to pair with my 400 yard skein of Clintonville. This is my next project I’m working on for myself, a light circular yolk sweater with a bit of swing to it. I think my Flaum cardigan will also stay in hibernation until after the holidays because I just don’t have it in me to do all that stinking ribbing, even though I want that great camel colored cardigan in my wardrobe.
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In non-knitting news…how about an update on the dogs. We are definitely still adjusting. Jelly clearly has some issues with my husband – she occasionally pees on just his stuff :/ I know it’s because she believes I am all hers and it doesn’t help that he travels but we’re working on it. We came home on Friday and she had hopped up on the bed and peed on his sweatpants. It doesn’t happen every day but we’re definitely closing off our bedroom door while we’re away. On a more positive note, she’s a total goofball, loves to try to lick Cher (which Cher lets her do for about 30 seconds) and loves playing with toys. Despite peeing on things, we’ll keep her. I do think I’ll have my husband take her to doggy training soon so that maybe the two of them will bond.
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And Cher? My sweet older lady is the best. She’s taught Jelly the value of naps and enjoying sunbeams in doorways. She is bossy and let’s Jelly know when it’s time for her to get out of my lap so she can get some snuggles but for the most part, she’s a good big sister.
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When we were in New Orleans and I boarded them I was able to catch a screenshot of them sharing a bed together in their room before lights out. At least I know when I’m not around they take care of each other.
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Sometimes I look at Cher and I see her slowing down ever so slightly and I get sad but then I remind myself I have to just enjoy whatever time we have because it’s all so sweet. And they’re the best companions when I’m knitting. Cher cuddles in close and Jelly buries herself under every project 🙂 So, life right now is looking pretty good. What’s good with you?

FO: Nothing but Blue Skies

First, may I say thank you? Thanks for all the positive vibes for my goddaughter, she is already home and recovering nicely. And another thank you to everyone who sent me well wishes for taking the GRE the other week. I took the GRE and the GMAT (did great on the GRE and horribly – as I expected I would – on the GMAT) and now that they’re behind me and my applications are in motion I feel like a weight has been lifted. I just needed to get over that hurdle so I could resume my normal life and I’ve even gotten my knitting mojo back – hallelujah!
Up in the clouds sweater
When I knit Jessica her Agnes sweater I knew I’d make one for myself and I have a great Kelly green superwash wool to use but it’s not cold enough for that, so I whipped up the Agnes sweater for myself in Berroro Comfort Chunky to wear now. I’ve used Comfort yarn before for a top for Maddie and in a summer cardigan for myself and I liked how soft it was and how well it washed up, so I decided it would make a nice light weight yarn for a sweater for fall and it’s the perfect weight for this time of year. It’s a 50/50 nylon and acrylic blend and it was great to work with.
Up in the clouds sweater
This is a great bulky weight pattern that works up quickly. You may want to add some length to the body if you don’t like your sweaters to hit you right at the top of your waist, I actually had 2 skeins leftover and could’ve added more length if I realized I was going to have leftover yarn but I also like the shorter length on my frame. I tend to wear a lot of high waisted skirts so this cut is perfect for me.
Agnes in blue
My favorite details are the pockets and I used the leftover yellow from Maddie’s top to make my pockets but they aren’t as deep as I’d like them to be so I may snip them at the bottom and add a bit more depth to them. It’s a pretty quick fix. I also love this color, which isn’t a normal pick for me. I love jewel tones and rich bold colors over pastels. This light blue is called Chambray so it’s kind of like a neutral denim shade and I’m going to see how much I can work it into my wardrobe. I wore the sweater to work yesterday with a camel colored wool pencil skirt and navy tights and ankle boots and I loved the combination. What is becoming the norm is Jellybean wanting me to hold her when I take pictures.
Up in the clouds sweater
Awww Bean, you’re too cute to resist. She is such a stinkin’ cuddle bug and so tiny that we end up carrying her a lot. Thankfully Cher doesn’t seem too jealous and she always liked to have a little space so I’ve made sure all the beds all over the house have cozy blankets for whenever she sneaks away to take a nap.

So you will probably see this sweater again in December when I want something warm and green for the holidays. Do you have patterns you love to knit over and over again? Do share!