FO: Madness Hat {More Brioche}

I told you this was going to be the week of finished objects! Rounding out this week I’ve got more two color brioche and in another hat. I bought the Madness Hat pattern because I liked the style and then I just randomly grabbed two skeins of yarn and cast on.
Madness Hat
If I had really thought this out I would’ve grabbed navy blue chunky yarn instead of grey so it would match my pink and navy coat. I did not, so this hat was gifted to my BFF Jess and it matches her style. The great thing about brioche knitting is that it makes your fabric reversible. So even though it’s got neon pink you can really make it pop when worn on one side versus the other side.
Madness Hat
I pulled stash yarn out for this one. I had a full skein of Berroco Vintage Chunky leftover from the Bermondsey cardigan for my aunt and I knew it would be great for a hat but wanted to punch it up a bit. Since the pattern only requires 60 and 65 yards of each color I grabbed the little bit of leftover Mighty Stitch Bulky I had in Pucker from this glorious striped sweater of mine – another Bermondsey! Perhaps I should’ve named this the Brioche Bermondsey Leftover Hat? (I wonder if I have some of the black left over…I really should dig through and do a better inventory). I love when I get to use up all of my scraps, it makes me feel like I get every single penny out of the yarn I bought. I’ve got enough of the grey leftover to make another so I may end up using another creative color combo.
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I knit this hat while commuting on the train, it was nice and soothing. And one evening while I was knitting with my headphones one I hear someone yelling ‘miss, miss.’ I looked up and a woman who I saw eyeing my project the entire ride was about to get off and she yelled, ‘Is that going to be a hat? It’s gorgeous!’ HAHAHAHA It totally made my day.
Madness Hat
I totally recommend this one to you if you’re into brioche but want to get your increasing and decreasing in brioche down. With the bigger weight yarn it was pretty easy and with super high contrasting colors it really makes it easy to follow your work. So have I convinced any of you to dip your toe into two color brioche yet?

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FO: Perfect Pink Storm

This is my best friend, Jessica. She has popped up on this blog occasionally, most notably for this fun green sweater I made for her birthday and her Togue Pond tank (she also reclaimed my Boothbay cardigan and sadly it looks way cuter on her than it did on me). One of her favorite colors is pink (right now she’s on a millennial pink kick) and she loves rose gold and she has pink highlights right now, so when I saw the Patons Metallic yarn in Burnished Rose Gold I knew I needed to pick it up for her. Then I saw the Baldric pattern and I knew it was a perfect casual silhouette for her and I knew that yarn and that pattern would work together beautifully.
Jessica’s Rose Gold Sweater
Sometimes you find the perfect yarn for the perfect pattern for the perfect person and that’s how I ended up with the Perfect Pink Storm.
Jessica’s Rose Gold Sweater
Jess has a relaxed, boho style that always has an extra little twist or detail to it. When I saw this sweater pop up on Instagram I knew I was going to make it for her because she’d like the relaxed feel but I knew it needed special yarn to make it pop. Although the neckline and edges aren’t ‘finished’ with any special bind-off or ribbing it still has a fun detail on the sides and on the arms.
Jessica’s Rose Gold Sweater
Each sleeve has the same detail as on the side but in different places on the arms. It gives it a little interest and I like it.
Jessica’s Rose Gold Sweater
It has a nice relaxed fit and shape and I didn’t make the sleeves super long because I still wanted it to have a bit of polish so she could wear it to work and stack it up with jewelry. I really love this piece and it even makes me consider making one for myself! Added bonus, it’s knit up on bigger needles so it won’t take you long to finish it.
Jessica’s Rose Gold Sweater
The only sad note about this piece…the yarn color is discontinued. But go to their website (I linked to it up top) and grab some of the colors while they’re still on clearance! You can get this yarn for a steal.

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?