Stitching Status: Summer Knitting is On!

The month of May started off insanely hectic and busy for me but as the month is winding down I’m feeling a lot better about everything. My husband doesn’t have to travel for a while AND we’re taking time off starting tomorrow in celebration of our 15th wedding anniversary! I’ve got a 5 day weekend (Monday’s a holiday) with my favorite guy with reservations to some of our favorite restaurants and no real plans…well I do hope to get in a little knitting.
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I’ve already started on my Durumi sweater, that I’ll be making into a tee. There’s only a tiny bit of colorwork in this one and somehow I managed to mess up the first row 3 times before I got my count right. LOL Good thing I have confidence now in ripping back stitches.
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Yesterday I finished off the little bit of blue colorwork and I’m working my way to getting to fasten off for sleeves. This is going to be a pretty quick knit, which is great because the temps are definitely rising. I think I’ll make bottom ribbing my red orange color (remember that yarn from this sweater?) and the ribbing on the short sleeves will be the blue color. I’m also hoping that I have enough of the tan color leftover so I can make Jellybean a mini version of the Durumi sweater too because why not? Making tiny dog replica sweaters is hilarious to me. And speaking of dogs…
Me and the Bean
Whenever I set up the camera to take pictures for the blog (this was for my Dotted Rays) one or both of the dogs always makes their way over and pulls up on my leg demanding to be included. How can I not oblige? And since it’s our wedding anniversary tomorrow, here’s a flashback to May 24, 2003.
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Gosh, we looked like babies!

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FO: Angelina 1.25

I said here last week that the last time I showed you my Angelina Pullover it would be a finished object and it is…but I added a little more to the project than I originally planned. You may remember in the spring I talked about my goals for this summer and one of them was to knit Jellybean a sweater.
Angelina for two
So when I finished my Angelina Pullover and still had a little bit of yarn leftover for the last skein I wound I decided to make a teeny tiny Angelina Pullover for Jellybean. And I think I love her tiny sweater more than my own! Her little 5 pound frame is always cold (she was shaking on a 67 degree walk this morning) so clothing is actually an essential basic in her life. So going with the Summer of Basics Makealong I decided Beanie needed a new basic to add to her wardrobe too. So let’s talk about both of the finished objects!
My Angelina
As always, I forget that I’m shorter than the average knitting pattern and I probably should’ve shortened my sweater just a tiny bit because it’s getting into tunic length territory. But I love the cables, the sleeves and the curved hemline. I also love the Berroco Ultra Alpaca yarn, it blocked into a light and airy wool that will still be cozy and warm. This will be an awesome layering piece as well.
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For Jellybean’s sweater I essentially worked out the math to do the cables on 40 stitches and eventually increased the sweater to 85 stitches in total for her width. Once I was done with the cables I worked in stockinette for a bit and then separated the body for sleeves almost like a raglan. 15 stitches for each sleeve, 20 stitches for her chest and 35 for her back and I cast on a few extra stitches at her underarm to give it a fuller sleeve like mine. I whipped this up in a couple of hours but my favorite detail was that I also added the curved hems to her sweater too and the icord edging.
Angelina for two
This tiny sweater tickled me to no end. I was so proud of myself for figuring out how to modify this to fit her and she let me pull it over her head a billion times to check my fit and length. I figured since she used the ball of yarn as a headrest so much while I was making my Angelina I might as well make her a sweater with the same yarn since I had some leftover (and still have 2 skeins in my stash).
My Angelina
I’m typically not a cable knit person, I like the look but don’t like how cables slow me down, but something about the simpleness of this cable made this pattern worth it. I’ve also read a few complaints on Ravelry about how dark the pattern images are but I could still see the awesomeness in this design. Added bonus, I love any pattern that’s only a single page of instructions and that was the case with this one. Easy peasy.
Angelina for two
I didn’t end up sewing my dress as planned for the Summer of Basics Makealong (eventually I will) but I did at least make a lovely rainbow cardigan for all seasons, my Pink Professor sweater and now these two pullovers for both of our wardrobe. I’ll take that as a win in my book and I’ve still got a few more things for myself I’m ready to cast-on as well. I’m on a roll. Did any of you finish three projects for the Makealong? Share!!

Stitching Status: Update on Angelina

I started my Angelina pullover on Sunday, August 13. I’m making really good progress.
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As of last night I had 12 inches from the underarm done! I just have to go to 14 1/2 before I start the short row shaping that gives the curved hem. I’m so excited! Then it’s 13 inches of stockinette for the sleeves – but zero shaping.
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This is what a sea of green stockinette looks like. The good thing is that when I’m knitting it in the round I don’t have to look at my needles and I can watch TV and just mindlessly knit. I’m not trying to win any prizes with the Summer of Basics Makealong but I do want to finish this one by the end of next week. Only because I am excited about two other projects that are coming together. One is a custom sweater for myself that I’ve finally got all the right colors together and I’m insanely excited to start. The other is a perfect storm of finding the right yarn on sale, in the perfect color and then finding the perfect pattern for it to make a gift for my BFF. I cannot wait to start that either. Aaaaah there’s always so much I want to accomplish. I need more hands!
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Also, Jellybean has decided that this sweater is all for her. She has crawled inside of it when I put it down and taken a nap. Whenever I put the ball of Ultra Alpaca yarn on the couch she uses it as her pillow. I don’t blame her, it’s super soft and cozy. I will admit though, I had to put this sweater down during last week’s episode of Game of Thrones. It was too intense and I was pretty sure I was going to have a heart attack while watching it. And if you’re a Thrones fan you’ll love what my friend made of Jellybean.
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She’s my tiny 5lb dragon protecting my knitting. LOL Today is also one week from my birthday and I notified my husband that I will be celebrating starting today through the Labor Day weekend. That’s only right, right? LOL And hopefully that means lots of quality knitting time in because what I want is to finish this baby for my birthday. Fingers crossed.