FO: Rock Lobster

It’s Friday and finally feeling like late fall/early winter around Maryland and DC. Aside from being able to wear my knits, I love the fall foliage this time of year. The colors are just gorgeous, if only I had more daylight hours to view it. My neighborhood gets so beautiful, so I decided to pop into my backyard to get better light to take these pictures for my latest finished object. Remember that test knit I was working on?
Rock Lobster
I finished it! Meet the sweater I’m calling Rock Lobster. Why, Rock Lobster?

Well I used a yarn I’ve never used before, Sirdar Cotton Rich Aran and the color was called Lobster Pot. Plus the pattern (which has yet to be released and I will let you know when it is) is going to be called South Bay sweater which makes me think of water. So Rock Lobster just popped into my head while I was knitting this one. [Side note, I think the color should’ve been Lobster Claw instead of Lobster Pot because it’s the color of a lobster shell…but whatever I’m not in charge of naming yarns. Although that would be a fun job.]
Rock Lobster
I remember when Samantha posted this photo on instagram after a sweater makealong. I loved the gathers, the garter panel and the shortened sleeve. It was a perfect silhouette for a pullover, just my style and shape but also a simple top down knit. I jumped at the change to test knit this one for her so I could make one (or many) for myself. I ended up grabbing the Sirdar yarn on sale on yarn.com because I wasn’t sure I’d have enough of a solid color in my stash and I wanted something with cotton to make it a lighter pullover for layering. Despite a little splitting in one skein and a few knots, I really love the drape that the cotton yarn added to this pullover. It’s also super light, so I can wear this in the early summer and not freeze to death in my chilly office. I could also totally see this done in 100%  cotton yarn as just a short sleeved version for summer. No matter what, this will be made again.
Rock Lobster
The pattern will also have the option for a cowl neck as well. I could totally see that in a nice wooly yarn. Cowls aren’t my favorite so I was happy to whip up the crew neck version. I absolutely love this sweater and can’t wait to share the pattern with you once it’s live on Ravelry. It’s a super quick knit!

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FO: Fall Cardigan for Eli

In between learning two color brioche and finishing a sweater for my Mom, I was able to whip up a cardigan for my girlfriend Leah’s little boy Eli.
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Eli is only 4 months old but you may remember the blanket and baby whale I made for him in June. I decided since fall was coming I wanted to make him a cardigan. I pulled out my trusty Baby Sophisticate pattern and a ball of Harvest Red Caron Simply Soft (Mom requested the color red) and got to working.
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On Instagram, in my stories (I post a lot of pics to my stories) I took a poll for which buttons I should sew onto the cardigan when I was finished. By the time I was done the vote was 50-50! So I went with the cars since I’ve done mustaches before. And the only alterations I made to the pattern was that I did a ribbed bottom and ribbed cuffs this time around. Eli is only 4 months old but I made the 6 month size hoping he’ll grow into it and thought having ribbed cuffs would make it easier to roll up. I didn’t get to put the cardigan on him while I was with him this weekend.
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We were too busy trying to convince him to eat cereal, which he gobbled up like a champ. I am working on a couple of other kid garments right now, so I’m sure that will be what I’m sharing for the next month. Right now I’m making matching cream colored Flax sweaters for Maddie and her little sister. They’re quick knits and they look so polished and cute in tiny sizes. I like the garter stitch running down the arm. And Flax is a free pattern worked in worsted weight and is super easy for a first time sweater if you’re a little nervous about sweater knitting!
Maddie’s sweater
Also this is why I never sell what I knit. It’s always covered in dog hair. LOL Cher plopped down on the Flax sweater and let me know it was time to stop knitting and start petting. Beanie also prefers to use my balls of yarn as headrests. And I’m totally okay with both. LOL So what are you working on right now?

FO: First of the Year

Before I talk about my first finished object of the year I thought I’d give an update on what I was going to do with my Flaum cardigan. Based on the feedback and the fact that I totally deleted my notes and don’t know where I am with short rows…I’m frogging it. I’ll put that yarn to good use on another project and I’m even considering dying it another color. I’ll let you know. Now on to FO’s….

I feel like I’m starting a tradition and that my first finished object of the year is something for my cousin Safia. Last year I finished off a basic raglan in a lovely pink wool for her and this year my first project of 2017 was again for her, a cozy red Lila sweater.
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Since I loved my Lila Top Down sweater last year I decided to make Safia the bulky weight version, Lila Winter. {Side note, I really do love the Madder Anthology 2 collection of patterns. Out of the 15 patterns I’ve knit 5 so far and have 2 on my list to do soon.} I still had some of my Knit Picks Mighty Bulky (all the Mighty Stitch yarns on sale this month if you want to give it a try) in a lovely red leftover from another project and thought it would be a great color for her. I was right. Also the bulky weight version was super quick. Exhibit A:
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I started this sweater on January 1 and this is where I was by the end of the night on January 2. I had to finish off the sleeves during my morning commute. Otherwise I would’ve finished it the next day. And while I was traveling for work my husband had to go to Chicago for work so he got to hand deliver this new sweater to Safia the following week.
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She wore it to work the very next day. I’m pretty sure that solidified how much she liked it. We FaceTime’d when she tried it on and she kept saying, “it’s just so soft!” LOL Softness, great color and a great fit – I don’t think I could’ve asked for more in a finished project. I really do like this yarn but find when you wash it on delicate cycle is fuzzes up a bit so I prefer to hand wash with this yarn and that seems to solve that issue. If you’ve looking for a simple shape and an easy knit, I think this pattern might be the one for you.