FO: Farm Slippers

My sister has been sick for a bit and had her appendix removed. So I decided that while she’s resting and recuperating she needed new slippers. Nothing is better than having warm feet. I bought the Farm Slippers pattern a while ago but never made it so now was a perfect time to try it out.
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I grabbed the Dragonfly Fibers Traveller yarn in the Maryland Blue Crab colorway I picked up at Maryland Sheep and Wool two years ago out of my stash. Helen loves blue and burgundy and this seemed like the perfect color. I made these on size 7 needles, I think I could’ve gone down to a 6 but I think they’ll still fit her. These were also pretty quick to whip up. And I learned a new technique!
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I’ve never done an afterthought heel! And here’s a great tutorial on how to do it. I’ve made socks before but never on fingering weight yarn so I don’t consider myself a sock knitter (tiny needles and tiny yarn really doesn’t appeal to me). So it was fun to try out a different technique. I put in lifelines to make it easier to pick up my stitches after I took out the yarn on the live stitches. It was such a simple trick. AND this is a quick knit if you’re looking for a last minute holiday gift. I told my Mom what I was making and she already suggested I go ahead and make her and my sister Anne a pair too. LOL I definitely see more of these slippers being made in my future.

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FO: Shades of Blue Sweater (2x)

It was a glorious snowy weekend in Maryland. I was able to cook earlier in the week so I had lots of good food and didn’t have to worry about cooking all weekend. So that meant I was able to spend all day on the couch bundled up with the dogs finishing my husband’s shades of blue sweater. YAY!
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I think he really likes it, the fit was spot on but he got hit with some sudden sickness Saturday afternoon so this was about all the enthusiasm he could give me. Wait until you see our holiday photo. LOL I told him to save his energy to try to give me a smile…I got some smirks but it was still a good pic (I’ll share it later this week). If you need a reminder of the sweater he asked for you can see it on this post. This was a simple top down raglan sweater pattern by Joji. I know I could’ve done the math and figured it all out myself but I just didn’t want to do all that work. I intentionally picked dk weight so that it would like nicer and despite the 300 stitches I had to knit for that body I love how clean and nice it came out. I used Berroco Vintage DK that I bought from Little Knits on super sale and I’ve still got a skein of each color leftover…I may have a cardigan in shades of blue in my future. And on Sunday morning I whipped up this version to match for Cher.
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I love her sweet face. She always looks like she doesn’t care but she’s the most loved dog you’ll ever find. I didn’t tell my husband I was making Cher a matching sweater with his because I just wanted to surprise him. I figured if Jellybean and I wore our matching Angelina sweaters for our holiday photos he and Cher should match too. I was right, it was super cute and now he and his favorite furry girl can coordinate this winter. My holiday photos are done, cards for the new year have been ordered and my holiday shopping has been completed. Now to just finish grading final papers and entering grades and I can have a little breathing room before things really get crazy in the new year. How’s your holiday planning going?

Stitching Status: Fatigue

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December is always an exhausting month for me. The semester is coming to a close so there are papers to grade and final projects to review. My full time job is ramping up for our big trade show right after the new year, so just when you hope things will slow down it’s just starting to get fired up. I’ve got holiday shopping to do and the stores are already insane. And I have an endless amount of laundry that continues to pile up when all I really want to do is lay on the couch, snuggle the dogs and knit. My husband and I agreed that things just might not be normal for us for a while and we can’t do everything. So I’m not stressing out over any of it because then I’ll get sick.

On a positive note, I’m on to the third color on the pullover I’m making my husband. I think his sweater may be my last for 2017…I may be able to squeak in a new one for myself with some worsted weight yarn (Merry Christmas to me). We shall see. But I’d love to finish his and then whip up a matching one for Cher and take our annual family photo and be okay with that. No knits for holiday gifts since I just gave my Mom a sweater for her birthday in October and my sister Anne a vest for her birthday in November. New family knits can come in the new year. So does anyone else find December as exhausting as I do? Anyone planning on making knits for gifts?