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.

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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?

FO: Scrappy Little Things

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You might be wondering what this is…such a tiny little finished object. Well when I finished knitting the neon pink toy dog the other day I had just the tiniest bit of yarn leftover from the skein. What to make with it? I’m often left with scraps that I put in a big glass bell jar and use for swatching.
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But this time I turned it into a tiny bandana cowl for Jellybean. She looks so regal here. LOL
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In the span of about 40 minutes I cast on 41 stitches and whipped this baby up. Even did some short row shaping to get a point. It’s similar to this style of cowl I’ve made for non-dogs and myself before. But really it’s because I’ve been watching the Short Row Shaping mini course on Craftsy (it’s free) to really understand short rows better and to be able to do more in my sweater knitting. I’ve got lots of ideas swirling around in my head and just need the time to learn and test knit a lot. So that’s what I spend my free time doing. What new techniques are you trying to learn?