FO: Mint Madness

Last week was a little rough, I got hit out of the blue with a nasty virus and was down for the count for the entire week and into the weekend. Fortunately in between naps and dog snuggles I was plugging away on my latest finished object, the one I’m calling Mint Madness.
Mint Madness
This started as a sketch and a way to mix up some yarns I already had.
Mint madness sketch
You may remember when I went to Neighborhood Fiber Co for a dye workshop and I made this very pretty mint yarn…well I still hadn’t made anything with it. When I popped over to Fibre Space a few weeks ago I saw this limited edition colorway from Neighborhood Fibre Co. called Swoon. My brain said this is the bridge color I needed because I also had a gorgeous stash of their vibrant cobalt shade, Georgetown. Mint, flecks of cobalt and a little bit of bright yellow and I was good to go!
After my last saddle shoulder sweater I wanted to make another one just to work on my technique. This one isn’t perfect but I still love the end results. I’ve got to work on picking up my armhole stitches a bit better but hey, that’s why you keep on practicing. And with Cher asleep on one side and Jellybean constantly tangled up in my work, I’d knit in between naps and doses of medicine.
And in the end, I got a cozy open cardigan for fall, that I’ve already worn to walk the dogs in the morning.
Mint Madness
I decided that I wanted to do a lot of ribbing on the sleeves so I can pull back the cuffs and had a three quarter sweater if I wanted or pull them all the way down to have a cozy cuff that goes a little over the wrist. And I added bright blue pockets for a pop of color and because every sweater is made better with pockets. To make the pockets I held stitches back at my desired point and then cast on the same number to keep knitting across. Once I got to my desired body length I knit the pockets and then knit those stitches to the body and then seamed the sides once I was finished.
Mint Madness
I also went back and forth on whether or not there would be buttons but I just didn’t think buttons would work with everything else I had going on. So I skipped them and I’m glad I did. This is really one of those pieces I want to throw on whether it’s over jeans and a t-shirt or a dress. So now I’m almost over my cold and I’ve got a cozy sweater perfect for cool fall mornings. I’m pretty happy.


Stitching Status: Anger & Angelina

I’ve felt a bit crappy for the last few days and I realized the other night it was anger and a bit of exhaustion. It’s a hectic time for me as classes begin next week so I’m back to working two jobs, stress then makes my back ache and then on top of that the world seems to be a chaotic mess. I’ve had several moments where I’m watching the news, the President makes a statement and I find I have to abruptly turn off the TV and go walk the dogs or sit and knit in silence with a dog in my lap.
This has kind of become my normal view point when I want to drown out the outside noise. Knitting and a yawning Jellybean who loves to sit on and walk inside of my knitting. And clearly I’ve wanted to drown out the noise a lot because I’ve made some good progress in a few days.

{Note: I’ve talked about my feelings and the election and my race on this blog numerous times but in all honesty I don’t want to talk about that. So I’m going to talk about what makes me happy when I’m not and that’s knitting.}

I typically don’t do a lot of cable knits because I find them annoying. Plus I usually use such bold color combos I feel like cables would be too much. But in the latest issue of Interweave Knits I fell madly and deeply in love with the Angelina pullover.

Photography for Interweave Knits Fall 2017 by Nathan Rega
Angelina Pullover via Ravelry

The soft cables at the yoke, the curved hemline (a favorite of mine) and a shortened and slightly belled sleeve. It’s perfection. Plus I tend to make a ton of cardigans because I like layers but I know I need a few good pullovers in my closet too.
So I pulled out the sweater quantity stash of Berroco Ultra Alpaca I was going to use for an Equation sweater (that I now think I want to make in an insanely bright hot pink), whipped up a swatch and cast on Sunday for my Angelina. I finished all the cables in the yoke on Tuesday and separated for sleeves. By the second to last cable I was pretty over cables but I think they turned out beautifully. Mind you there were a few mistakes I was able to correct and I’m pretty sure there are a few knit stitches in between the cables that should be purls but whatever, it looks good to me!
Now I’ve got 14 1/2 glorious inches of stockinette stitch in the round before I get to the short row shaping for the hem. I’m pretty sure I’ll stop halfway through the body knitting and make the sleeves so I feel like I’m making more progress. I’ve never used this yarn before but once blocked my swatch felt very light and soft. right now this baby is heavy and dense, so here’s hoping the magic that is blocking turns this into a perfect green version of what I saw in the magazine.

So that’s what I’m working on to keep myself sane, how about you?