So Many Works in Progress

I’m going into my last week at my job and they want me to wrap up all the things. Honestly, I don’t think they will realize how much I did until I’ve left because every few hours I remember another thing I need to switch over to someone else or give instructions on how to do or give some type of closure on. I’ll be happy when my inbox is zero’d out. On top of that I’ve got to submit things to the university at the end of the week in preparation for school! And I’m teaching two new to me classes and I’m a little nervous because they’re core courses so I have to match what others are teaching. So of course, what do I do over the weekend? Start a new knitting project in the midst of all my chaos.
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I cast on another cotton Guthrie sweater yesterday afternoon. This one will be long sleeve and it is black for the main color (I never knit with black) with hot pink for the pattern. I really do love this pattern and the colorwork is kind of rhythmic and soothing to me. It’s a great break in my mind from everything else. But I wasn’t just randomly starting new things and ignoring others…
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One of the few pics I’ve taken of the Spindrift cardigan I’m working on for my sister. I’ve completed the entire body and blocked it before I pick up stitches for the neckband (picking up stitches is my favorite part). Then I’ve got almost 6 inches of garter stitch for the neckband to work on before I’ll block it again and sew on pockets. It’s so close to being finished. YAY! And not pictured…I swatched the yarn for my newest test knit I plan to start this week. It’s all garter stitch and gauge is pretty critical so I wanted to make sure I was on point and focused on getting my gauge right. I like to wait 24 hours for it to dry and then do my measurements and I’m spot on! Woohoo!
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And of course in between the laundry, grocery store runs and cooking (I got an Instant Pot and am pretty obsessed with how fast everything cooks) I got distractions from my knitting. Jellybean decided for a bit that she needed to be directly in my face and staring into my eyes for a solid 20 minutes Saturday. She just kept wiggling that little butt and pulling up on me, so I obliged and gave her all my attention and love.
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And when Cher is over me knitting she just becomes the obstacle I can’t move. She loves to just physically plop herself directly on top of whatever I’m working on and demand that I rub her head. This was Sunday afternoon when she decided I did not need to focus on my Guthrie, she was totally more important. And she is, so I stopped for her.

If I can make it through this week I’ve got a week break to myself before orientation and classes start. I know I’ll be using it to prep for class and get myself ready but I’m still looking forward to that week at home to try and get my life together. I’m so close I can taste it.

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Stitching Status: Back and Forth

I’ve got a summer cold, which really means I need to knit and nap on the couch all weekend (although that’s what a lot of my weekends look like). We do have tickets to go to the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival on Saturday at the National Harbor. I’m the designated driver for my beer and bourbon loving husband but all I really want is BBQ…and a nap. I’m a southern girl (born in NC) who appreciates really good BBQ, so pray that I get enough rest to kick this cold and still enjoy some BBQ this weekend. But what am I working on?
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This is one of the latest pics of my in progress Togue Pond Tank. I actually took it to the movies last night so that I could work on knitting the stockinette body (my husband asked if I didn’t want to go to the movies since I was sick and I said I can sit on the couch and knit with tea or I can sit in reclining seats at the movie theater, knit and sneak in tea…which would you choose?). We saw Oceans 8, the clothes were really fabulous and the movie was pretty good, I’d give it a B.
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I’m modifying this pattern slightly this time, no short rows and adding in a little bit of length to the body. So I’m just at the point of having to knit lots of stockinette since the side shaping is finished. Also I loved how the yarn and my Urbanears headphones coordinated so nicely together. (Also my headphones are on sale, they’re wireless bluetooth over the ear headphones and I love that you can control you music by tapping one of the ears, they’re awesome!) But on a whim, I decided to work on something else in cotton that has not been on my list at all.
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Boyland Knitworks released a new pattern this week, Guthrie. I don’t know why I felt so drawn to cast this one on immediately and in cotton again but I did. I did some of my lazy swatching to get close to gauge and pulled yarns I already had in my stash so that I could cast this one on. This has a much more gradual increase to it than her previous pattern so I kept getting nervous it was looking too small but I’m still going. I’m hoping to get to the separate from sleeves section this weekend so I can actually try it on and get a better gauge for how it will fit me. I’m envisioning this as a 3/4 length sleeve so I can just wear it all year long. Also mint green is my favorite color, so this makes me super excited.

So that’s what I’m currently working on, what do you have on your needles?

FO: Tecumseh Sweater

I finished it! I finished my Tecumseh sweater and of course it’s freezing cold on the East Coast and I can’t wear it without having to layer it. While I was making it I decided since I was using a cotton blend yarn that I would make this a short sleeved sweater. We typically have more hot than cold weather in Maryland and DC and of course as soon as I made this short sleeved the temps dropped. Oh well. I’m wearing it anyway.
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I have a feeling this will get worn a lot this summer. Partially because I’m so proud that I did it. Pretty floats and all on the backside. And practically because it’s hot and this is light, loose and flowy. Perfect for those humid days. The only modification I made to this pattern was the shortening of the sleeves, otherwise I didn’t stray from the pattern at all. The color possibilities are endless for this sweater and I want to do a wool version with navy blue as the main color and pops of teal and pink. Also I love this version with speckled white and shades of green.
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I also really love this top because the green goes so well with my Sandagren clogs. I’ve loved clogs since I was little and always have 2 to 3 pairs and when I saw this fun closed back clog with a cutout I wanted it but didn’t pull the trigger. Then I went on Amazon to order dog food and the same clogs popped up as a suggestion for me but they offered them in a shade of green! I knew I had to have them. They also have them in a darker base with darker nubuck shades for fall.
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Usually I can wait on a purchase but that perfect Kelly green made me say I needed to snap these up since they’re in limited inventory. They’re super comfy and add a little fun to my wardrobe. I wear a pop of green like people wear a pop of red. It’s my favorite color. I also realized these are my first real pics I’ve taken with my new haircut. It has already grown so much in just two short weeks. I’m getting used to it and it helps that I’ve had so many great compliments from everyone.
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And as always, no photo session is complete without one or both dogs joining me. As soon as I sat down Jellybean hopped right in my lap.

I know I’m going to make this sweater again, so maybe a fall knit along?