FO: Sister Sweaters for Homecoming

New favorite baby knit alert! I’m now jumping on the Flax sweater bandwagon. You’ve probably seen a billion of these on Ravelry and now I understand why.
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This is a Tin Can Knits sweater pattern and is in one of their free collections (go ahead and run over to Ravelry and download your pattern) and it’s a super simple top down sweater in sizes from newborn up to 4XL for adults! I asked Yuvay what kind of sweater she wanted for Homecoming for the girls this year (spoiler alert it was 80+ degrees and too warm for them to wear their sweaters so we’ll do a fall photo shoot later). I’ve kind of made it a tradition now between us that I make Maddie a sweater for homecoming every year. The first year I made this lovely varsity style sweater.
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And last year I made this adorable tiered red jacket.
Maddie's tiered coat
Maddie’s homecoming sweater
Yuvay was pregnant with Olivia last year, so I knew this year I’d be making two sweaters for my girls. I should also note that Yuvay’s in a sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, and their colors are red and cream. So typically I make the girls sweaters for homecoming that are in sorority colors (plus Howard’s colors are red and blue so it will always match any Howard paraphernalia too.
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So this year I asked her what she wanted me to do. She said let’s do a pullover in just cream and make them the same because apparently the only things the girls have that are the same are pajamas. Matching sister sweaters it is and it gave me a chance to try Flax. I used my standard Caron Simply Soft yarn (they’re apparently having a flash sale today if anyone is interested in getting 25% off) in cream and plugged away. What I think elevates Flax a bit more than others basic raglans is the super simple garter stitch details down the sleeves. It’s so simple and yet it adds a nice little bit of polish to a simple sweater. I can’t wait to see them both wearing them this fall.

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FO: Sparkly Seagrass for My Sister

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With my trusty helpers Cher and Jellybean constantly in my lap and sitting on my yarn, I was able to finish my sister’s Sparkly Seagrass sweater over the weekend.
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Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures of her wearing it because I dropped it off to her at work the other day and she quickly slipped it on to make sure it fit and I needed to get back to my office. But I knew one thing for certain when I was making this sweater – she would love the sparkly yarn and she did.
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I bought this new to me Tempting Ewe So DK and Sparkly yarn at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival last spring. When I saw it the purple-pink color caught my eye and the fact that there was a great sparkly thread running through made me snatch up a sweater’s quantity. It is a superwash and washed up very soft and has a lovely drape to it. I definitely want more and they’re just in Baltimore so I know I can always go back. I think I knew all along that my sister Anne would have something made from this yarn because she sweats glitter. LOL She’s so feminine and girly that I knew I needed to make something with this just for her.  Plus with the waist shaping and the lace on the bottom it gives a really feminine feel to a simple cardigan. And since we’re in this cool spring season I thought why not make her something short sleeved that she can wear now and add a long sleeve to it later?
Anne's Sparkly Seagrass
My only issue I had with the Seagrass pattern is that I get careless with the lace pattern. It’s a simple and easy to memorize pattern but if you get caught up watching something on TV you inevitably end up skipping a stitch or two somewhere and have to frog it back. I may have done that about 8 times but in the end I was able to fix my mistakes. I think it’s a good contrast to my original Seagrass cardigan I made for myself. It’s kind of like how different we are even though we’re sisters.
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In case you were wondering, this is Anne. Sisters!