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.
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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.

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Stitching Status: Pretty Yarn & Playing Chicken

I got distracted by pretty yarn. It’s not like I don’t have a ton of pretty yarn already in my stash but I got distracted the other Friday and I picked up 2 skeins of a Neighborhood Fibre Co limited edition fall color, Poppleton.
Boxy sweater
Isn’t she lovely? It’s like Fell’s Point in reverse. And since the only had 2 skeins (800 yards) I figured that wouldn’t be enough so I picked up an accent color in turquoise and then I went home and proceeded to work on something not in my queue and totally not on my list but still a good selfish knitting project and something I can cast on for the Summer Sweater Knit Along. Besides, my goal is to have a closet full of sweaters I knit, I might as well have sweaters inspired with beautiful yarn!
Body sweater
I was looking at the Joji Locatelli Boxy Sweater previously as a great throw on sweater and then I stumbled upon the free pattern for Seamless Simplicity from Classic Elite Yarns. It has a dropped sleeve and similar shape to the boxy sweater (I’ve wanted to do another dropped sleeve sweater since I made my Ruby Woo cardigan) and it required 984 yards of dk weight yarn in my size and the studio worsted is really a light worsted/dk weight and with 2 balls of Poppleton I have 800 yards and I figured that has to be enough for the body, right? I’d do the ribbing and sleeves in the turquoise – totally logical thought process.
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Of course now I’m terrified I’ll be playing another dangerous game of yarn chicken. LOL I just don’t see these 800 yards giving me the 14 inches of body from the underarm. Oh well, perhaps there will be a turquoise band at the bottom? I’m going to make the best of it because it will still be a lovely sweater. I’m dying to add in the turquoise so perhaps a band of it should go in the middle? I don’t know. I need to try it on and see where it’s hitting me right now and determine if I want to add a band of bright color soon or just play chicken and perhaps just have deeper ribbing in the turquoise than I originally planned.
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And in other news, the dogs seem to be getting along pretty well. This picture was the first time they’ve gotten close to a snuggle on the couch. We’ve had Jelly for a good 2 1/2 weeks and she’s starting to settle into a routine and seems to be okay at home all day with Cher. Cher seems to be adjusting but I laugh because sometimes she acts like the 12 year old lady of the house she is and wants Jelly to stop doing zoomies around the living room. I’m still learning more and more about her every day but she’s really a sweet girl with a little bit of sass in her and I love it. She does like to wake me up on occasion in the middle of the night for a snuggle but so does Cher so I don’t really complain. I typically scoop 1 or 2 of them up and just keep snoozing. Half the time my husband doesn’t even notice until he gets up in the morning that there are dogs in the bed!

I’ve actually finished up two other baby/dog projects but am waiting on my buttons to be delivered so I can do a full post on those. Otherwise it’s knitting, dog snuggling and GRE prep every evening for me!

FO: Agnes for Jessica

I love sweater knitting but I really love when I can make a sweater for someone else and it fits them perfectly and is just a fun piece to add to their wardrobe. So that’s why I’m super in love with the Agnes sweater I made for my BFF Jess.
Jess in her Agnes sweater
Jess’s birthday was on the 11th and I knew she was going to go to Sweden for vacation and I wanted to give her a good piece to throw on while traveling. The weather in Sweden is a lot like San Francisco this time of year so I thought why I not have a great pullover with pockets that she could throw on when the nights got chilly? Also the Agnes sweater is a bulky weight so I knew it would be a quick knit.
Agnes sweater
I had enough of the Knit Picks Billow yarn from my Teazel cardigan to make Jess’s sweater (I knit the smallest size of the pattern) and decided to punch it up and use a Lorna’s Laces special release from Jimmy Bean’s Wool I bought a while ago and hadn’t used. The color is called He Who Must Not Be Named and since I’m a big Harry Potter fan I thought this was a fun one to add to my stash. I used one skein and doubled it up to meet the bulky weight needed for the ribbing but it paired so perfectly with the Lichen color of Billow it was like it was meant to be together. Plus, I figured a little wool around the neckline, wrists and pockets would make this a perfect fall/winter/spring type of sweater with the super soft cotton body.
Jess in her Agnes sweater
And the pockets! These perfect little pockets. I want to add them to every sweater pattern from now on.
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For the pockets I used some leftover Berroco Vintage yarn that I had from a 7 color basketweave scarf my husband requested 2 years ago (he’s very specific in his requests and this was before I was good about documenting projects on Ravelry). Jess loved the sweater and promptly packed it for her trip and I’m happy that the fit is so good on her.
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I’m also so in love with this sweater that when I popped over to Fibre Space on Friday and they had just enough skeins of Ella Rae Chunky in my favorite shade of green at 40% off I knew I was going to make one for myself. I’ve also got some yellow and blue yarn in my stash which also happens to be both of my sisters’ favorite colors. Agnes sweaters for all!