FO: Eden

My absolute favorite color is green. The perfect green is a true Kelly green, a perfect medium tone of green in all her glory. But honestly, I love green in every shade. So when I was struck by a skein of MJ Yarns in the colorway peacock a few weeks ago I knew it would pair perfectly with a skein of studio worsted from Neighborhood Fiber Co in the colorway Clintonville. And I was right. And I used both these amazing green yarns to make myself a sweater I’m naming Eden, because doesn’t it look like a lush garden in paradise?
Eden sweater
Here’s what I have loved lately in finished garments and helped shape what Eden would become, the drape and lightness of dk or light worsted weight yarns knit on larger needles. Once I knit Cracked Pepper I was kind of hooked. So when I pulled out my gorgeous green skeins I decided that I would knit on size 10 needles and make a sweater again without a pattern because I why not? For this sweater I wanted:

  • Neckline: I didn’t want a v neck but I didn’t want a crew neck either. I went with a circular yoke sweater again (I love the construction) and started by casting on 96 stitches to give myself a wider neckline. I figured if it was too big I’d tighten it up with a garter stitch border but I loved how the rolled neckline turned out.
  • Body: I figured since it’s winter I didn’t want a really fitted sweater, so I did a gradual a-line shape so that it pulled away from the body. It can easily hide my Thanksgiving meal belly. Priorities, folks.

Eden sweater

  • Sleeves: So I’ve learned that knitted sweaters are super warm but I don’t always want to be that cozy. My preferred length is elbow or three quarter length sleeves. This is just beyond my elbow so if I do wear this to a holiday party I won’t feel like I’m overwhelmingly hot from my sweater.
  • Length: I ended up calling the yarn shop and buying the last skein of the Peacock yarn so that I had 3 skeins (215 yards) of it so that I could make this a longer piece and not worry if I had enough for my sleeves. I have a little yarn from both skeins left (the solid was a 400 yard skein) but this would’ve been much shorter if I hadn’t picked up the extra skein. Thanks to my work knitting buddy Lavon for pushing me to pick up that last skein.

Eden sweater
I didn’t think I would like the rolled neckline but once I blocked it and put it on I decided I didn’t want to mess with it. It’s clean and simple. I went with a simple circular yoke doing KFB increases that are pretty seamless and blend in with the yarn. I have contemplated embellishing the top half just a little with some green flat back stones. If I do I’ll post about it but right now I love it in its simplicity.
Eden sweater
This was also my first time trying MJ Yarns and I love how nicely it worked up. I hope it wears just as nicely. I’m itching to wear this one so hopefully I will wear it to work next week. I’m thoroughly enjoying all of the sweater weather we’re having and wish it would stay cool and breezy like this for the next 3 months and we just skip winter entirely.
Eden sweater
So I’ve got another sweater on my needles that I’ve already separated from sleeves that I hope I can get down to the sleeves by Monday (fingers crossed) and then November will mark the beginning of my holiday knits for family!! So what are you working on this weekend?

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FO: A Colorblocked Boyfriend

I was going to save this for next week but I got a chance to take pictures and I love it so much so I figured why not end the week on a high note with a Finished Object Friday! I told you I got my knitting mojo back and over the long weekend last week I knit up a new cardigan. Meet my Colorblocked Boyfriend cardigan.
Colorblocked boyfriend sweater
Let me take a step back and talk about how this cardigan came to be because it was not in my queue and was not on my list of must make things for fall. But then I saw this Madelinetosh DK yarn in Torchere (and can’t find it online anywhere) at Looped Yarn Works and it was so striking and gorgeous I had to have it.
Yummy yarn
There is no photo that does it justice but it is an insanely vivid pink with bits of orange and red and it’s just insanely gorgeous in person. I. LOVE. THIS. YARN. I picked up two skeins even though I wanted to buy all the skeins but I knew better than to blow my grocery budget on yarn. When I thought about what it would become I realized I also had two other skeins of neutral yarn I randomly picked up because they caught my eye and I thought they could go with another project. So I added in the Neighborhood Fiber Co studio worsted in Druid Hill (the dark grey brown) and Miss Babs Yowza in Oyster and I knew I could make a sweater.
Colorblocked boyfriend cardigan
I used the free pattern, Shapely Boyfriend cardigan but made a few modifications: I added in a garter stitch panel on the sides, changed the increases from what was on the pattern and went with a garter stitch border instead of ribbing. I also used this buttonhole technique and I think this is what all my buttonholes will be from now on. It gives them a nice reinforcement. It’s a great pattern to put your own twist on. Even though all my yarn was dk weight/light worsted and the pattern called for worsted weight I knew I could get the gauge using size 10 needles based on my Cracked Pepper cardigan. Plus I love the drape of the fabric created on those needles so I set out on Saturday morning to whip up a cardigan. By Monday morning it was blocked and drying and on Tuesday I went back to Looped Yarn Works and picked up the most perfect buttons that have every color of the three yarns I was working with.
Colorblocked boyfriend sweater
It just all came together in such a lovely way. I will admit, the pink is so intense that it did bleed a little bit on my white tee the day I wore it (Wednesday because why wait?!) but I washed the tee with some OxyClean and it came right out – no harm!
Colorblocked boyfriend sweater
I also feel like I finally got a perfect sleeve, I always seem to struggle with that on all my sweaters. This has some room to put on a long sleeve shirt underneath and it’s a great weight for this time of year all the way into spring. I may wear this piece to death.
Colorblocked boyfriend sweater
And what makes this even better is that I still have lots of yarn leftover so you may see the Great Divide Shawl whipped up in this same color palette in the future.

My knitting mojo is back, I’m down to the sleeves on another sweater that will be a gift and I can’t wait to share that next week! What’s on your needles this weekend? And HAPPY FRIDAY!!

FO: For My Birthday

Tomorrow is my 38th birthday. It’s weird to say that number but I’m happy to have another year. I have a great family, friends I think of as family and dogs I consider my family. I’ve got two jobs and positive prospects for a future in higher ed. 38 is going to be pretty good. In the midst of all of my knitting for others and wanting to do something for all the adorable babies in my life I randomly bought yarn I didn’t need (because it was pretty) and selfishly cast on a new sweater for myself last week. So let’s call this glorious two color sweater my birthday gift to myself. Warning, there are a ton of pictures in this post.
Boxy dropped shoulder sweater
I mentioned in a previous post that I wanted to knit something in the same vein as the Joji Locatelli Boxy Worsted sweater and then I found the Seamless Simplicity sweater pattern for free. The pattern said I’d only need 984 yards and I played yarn chicken with the main body color (Poppleton from Neighborhood Fiber Co – a limited edition color) and lost.
Yarn chicken
I made it to 11 out of the 14 1/2 inches I needed from the underarm before I brought in the turquoise accent color. And honestly, I love it!
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Also can we talk about the color? The Poppleton colorway is a base of yellow with flecks of peach, deeper orange, bits of red, blue and turquoise. I pulled out the turquoise shade as an accent but I could’ve gone olive green, green, navy, the possibilities were endless. Since the yarn reads more peach to me I decided to play up a favorite color combo of peach and turquoise. I get asked a lot about my color combos and choices but color and color theory have always been a favorite thing of mine to play with and I’m never afraid of bold combinations. Plus I can pair this top with any neutral in my closet from jeans to a camel skirt to make it a much livelier outfit.
Boxy dropped shoulder sweater
This is a dropped shoulder sweater constructed with a provisional cast-on (which is now becoming my favorite thing) and I’m really knitting a box with sleeves that start lower. Also I do not understand when people say they don’t block their knits. This sweater didn’t really open up and give it’s true drape and shape until it was blocked. It’s a bit shapeless but it’s such a great toss on sweater to throw on with jeans or a pencil skirt and the dropped shoulders give it a bit more depth than just a box with sleeves. I see myself wearing this all fall and winter long. Now I can’t wait for cooler temps.
Boxy dropped shoulder sweater
The fit is just casual enough without making me look like a slob and it’s a perfect piece to add to my wardrobe. I could totally see doing this in a soft heathered gray but as my husband said this weekend, “you just don’t do a lot of gray and I get that.” LOL I like COLOR! And of course as I was photographing myself, I had not one but two little dogs hopping around wanting to get in on the action too.
Boxy dropped shoulder sweater
First my cuddly bean, Jellybean. But don’t worry, Cher was hovering around at my feet so she had to get her own shot too. It’s only fair.
Boxy dropped shoulder sweater
My husband stood behind my tripod to catch their attention so they’d look the right way. LOL And because I want pics with both, I had to hold them both and manage my remote shutter simultaneously.
Boxy dropped shoulder sweater
And now I’ve got a new one to frame for my desk at work! A happy birthday, indeed.