Test Knit: Pippi Sweater

I finally get to reveal that test knit I was working on in July! The Pippi pullover pattern by Rebekka Mauser has been released and it’s part of the Fisherman’s Blues collection.
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I have wanted to knit more pullovers for myself so when the opportunity to test knit this one came along I was happy to volunteer. And of course I had to put my own spin on it. Instead of keeping all the stripes the same I decided to change my stripes every 4th row and to reverse the colors on the sleeves than what I did on the body. Why not?
Test Pippi
This is a top down sweater but I feel like it’s also kind of a modified drop shoulder. You have a lot of opportunity to play with color and she gives you options to also make this in a cardigan version. It’s like getting two patterns in one! I also want to adapt this and make a tiny version for Cher and Jellybean, I’ve got enough leftover yarn.
Test Pippi
I choose a more autumnal color palette for this one. I love blue and peach together so I decided to use Berroco Vintage DK in Fondant (peach), Pumpkin (rust) and Breezeway (blue-green). I really like how this yarn washes up. I toss it in the washing machine on delete cycle and let it air dry. It washes up beautifully.
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I love playing around with color palettes and this was just such a unique color combo I went for it. I honestly can’t wait for cooler fall days to wear some of these great sweaters I’ve been working on lately. My latest test knit is down to the sleeves! I’m hoping to wrap it up this week.

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Test Knits and Dog Birthdays

First, let me say thank you for all the kind comments and emails I’ve gotten lately. I’ve been super busy between wrapping up my current job and prepping for the new job that I haven’t been able to respond to them all but I read them and appreciate them so much! And in my down time I’m always knitting.
Test knit wrap up
The other day on my lunch break I finished knitting a cuff faster than I ever have before because I’m ready to put this secret test knit to bed and get started on my next one. Here’s a tiny glimpse of what I’ve been working on but honestly this picture doesn’t give you any idea of what I’m creating but the pattern will be released soon and I’ll share all the details. In the meantime I’m swatching for another test knit and going to try to wrap up my sister’s sweater too. In other news, guess who had a birthday yesterday?
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Jellybean! My wiggly girl turned 6 yesterday and her second anniversary Gotcha Day is coming up soon! I like to celebrate my dogs birthdays because why not? Over the weekend when we were at a gelato place Kendell spotted a sign for dog gelato. It was made with bananas, sweet potatoes, peanut butter and agave – the perfect birthday treat for the girls to celebrate Bean’s birthday.
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To say they enjoyed it was an understatement. LOL And Jellybean ate it so fast and furiously without lifting her head up until it was all gone. She of course got a bit of brain freeze and was shaking all over afterwards. I had to sit down with her on a heated mat to get her back to normal temps but it was totally worth it.
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I like celebrating these little things, they make life a lot more fun. Have a great Wednesday!

Currently in the Queue: I Need More Hands

Have you seen this t-shirt in the Shelli Can shop? I feel like I need more hands so that I could knit while doing other things.
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I’m knitting a lot and also getting super excited about things I want to make so I thought I’d map out what’s current in the queue and what’s coming up:

  • FINISHED: Nothing since the Rose Gold Togue Pond Tank but I’m only midway through July so I’ve got time to create a few finished objects before the month is over.
  • IN PROGRESS: This is where things get interesting. I’ve currently got 3 projects on my needles right now!!
    • A secret test knit. I can only show you the color palette pictured above. It’s a pullover and it has 3 colors. I went with a heathered blue color, a rusty pumpkin shade and then a soft peach. I kind of love the mix and can’t wait to see the finished object on me. I’m almost finished with the body and hope to be finished by Sunday night.
    • A sweater for my sister, Anne. I’m working on a super cozy and soft yellow cardigan for my sister Anne to take to her freezing office. It’s a bulky knit and is working up quickly but I stopped to get this test knit finished.
    • My pieces blanket. I’m up to 6 squares out of 81. LOL But I love how it’s really a mindless knit that I can pick up whenever I’m in the mood. Oh and thanks for all the tips. I totally plan to seam it as I go along. Once I get 9 blocks in 1 color I’ll seam them together.
  • ANTICIPATING: I didn’t plan on it but I agreed to another test knit! It’s due in early September and it’s by designer Alice Caetano. You may remember the last test knit I did for her was Verso. I always love her construction techniques and it looks like it will be a nice versatile cardigan that I can throw on over anything and I’m doing it in a solid and fairly neutral color (gasp, I know).
  • ON HOLD: My Kangarullover. In the corner of my living room I have a bag filled with that project and the yarn for it. I’d say I’m 60% finished with it but it was one of those projects I needed to take a break from. Maybe I’ll try to finish it off in August.

I should also note I’m really wanting to knit my second Tecumseh but in wool because I have a super full color palette and I have plans for the leftover yarn. I also want to make another Guthrie in long sleeve (but still in cotton) AND I’ve got some other yummy yarns in my stash I want to dig into. Now you see why I want more hands so I can knit all the time?
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And in other news, Jellybean is going to dog training over the next month so our evenings are spent working on her sit, stay and come commands. It’s totally cutting into my knitting time but this little ball of sass needs some manners. LOL