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.
Angelina twin pullovers
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!!

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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.

Stitching Status: Almost Finished

I’m still plugging away at my Pink Professor sweater.
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Last night I got down to working on the cuff of the first sleeve and I’ve finished the collar. I had to do a little steam blocking to help relax the body and the collar after I took this pic to make sure I didn’t need to rip it all out and redo it but it seems to be fine.
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I love picking up stitches but always feel like it’s too tight and with this sweater I made sure to slip the last stitch at the beginning of each row to have clean edges to pick up. Once I steam blocked it a bit it seemed to fall better into place but I do think once I’m finished it will definitely need a good soak to relax it a bit. My shawl collars are never as big and cozy as I have them envisioned in my mind but overall I’m really loving how this sweater is turning out. This yarn is just really, really pretty. I’m hoping I’ll be blocking it on Saturday! And in non-knitting news…

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Excuse my dirty mirror selfie LOL

I got Jellybean a little carrier. We own a big backpack style carrier call the Muttmover that I bought a few years ago when Kendell ran the Brooklyn Half Marathon. I needed a way to keep Cher with me as I went all over Brooklyn cheering him on but I also needed her to be safe and not get stepped on. I’ve recommended that backpack for lots of people and everyone who buys it says it’s worth the money. But for Jellybean I needed something a bit smaller because we’re thinking of going to Chicago and New York next month and she’s even smaller and I need to keep her from getting stepped on in the big city too. Plus I’ve found when there are lots of people around she gets scared and will immediately turn around and ask to be picked up. So I figured I should be proactive and get a carrier for her. I went with this $15 find on Amazon. Of course she loves it. Snuggled down in it and got cozy as soon as I popped her in it. Of the two dogs she’s the most easy going as long as you’re holding her close. Perhaps in a past life she was a baby kangaroo?

So my weekend will definitely involve some knitting, what’s on your needles?