FO: Rock Lobster

It’s Friday and finally feeling like late fall/early winter around Maryland and DC. Aside from being able to wear my knits, I love the fall foliage this time of year. The colors are just gorgeous, if only I had more daylight hours to view it. My neighborhood gets so beautiful, so I decided to pop into my backyard to get better light to take these pictures for my latest finished object. Remember that test knit I was working on?
Rock Lobster
I finished it! Meet the sweater I’m calling Rock Lobster. Why, Rock Lobster?

Well I used a yarn I’ve never used before, Sirdar Cotton Rich Aran and the color was called Lobster Pot. Plus the pattern (which has yet to be released and I will let you know when it is) is going to be called South Bay sweater which makes me think of water. So Rock Lobster just popped into my head while I was knitting this one. [Side note, I think the color should’ve been Lobster Claw instead of Lobster Pot because it’s the color of a lobster shell…but whatever I’m not in charge of naming yarns. Although that would be a fun job.]
Rock Lobster
I remember when Samantha posted this photo on instagram after a sweater makealong. I loved the gathers, the garter panel and the shortened sleeve. It was a perfect silhouette for a pullover, just my style and shape but also a simple top down knit. I jumped at the change to test knit this one for her so I could make one (or many) for myself. I ended up grabbing the Sirdar yarn on sale on yarn.com because I wasn’t sure I’d have enough of a solid color in my stash and I wanted something with cotton to make it a lighter pullover for layering. Despite a little splitting in one skein and a few knots, I really love the drape that the cotton yarn added to this pullover. It’s also super light, so I can wear this in the early summer and not freeze to death in my chilly office. I could also totally see this done in 100%  cotton yarn as just a short sleeved version for summer. No matter what, this will be made again.
Rock Lobster
The pattern will also have the option for a cowl neck as well. I could totally see that in a nice wooly yarn. Cowls aren’t my favorite so I was happy to whip up the crew neck version. I absolutely love this sweater and can’t wait to share the pattern with you once it’s live on Ravelry. It’s a super quick knit!

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Stitching Status: No Rest for the Weary

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Babies and dogs have no regard for an extra hour of sleep on the weekends. Despite all of Bean’s yawning and snuggling we were up at the crack of dawn for a walk on Sunday morning, no matter how hard I tried to snuggle the girls to stay in bed. Oh well. I got up, walked them, went the grocery store, did my laundry and started to cook before 10:30am. I also had some time over the weekend to work on my test knit (still haven’t picked up my sister’s gift but have decided what will be made).
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I’m making good progress, all I’ve got left are the cropped sleeves! And then I told myself I’d definitely work on my sister’s birthday gift. Definitely.
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Stitching Status: Distractions All Around

I’ve had an insane week this week with work, so I haven’t gotten in as much stitching as I typically do since I start to fade by 9pm. I’m hoping to make up for lost time with a quiet weekend that will bring me good barbecue and a few hours to myself while my husband plays a round of golf (I used to play golf but decided I’d rather spend that time knitting). But here’s what I’ve done thus far…
Progress!
I’ve made really good progress on my South Bay Sweater test knit. It’s so good that I don’t want to put it down to knit my sister’s birthday present. And I’ve been flip flopping on what I want to make Anne and can’t decided between two patterns. Whatever I choose, I’m starting on Sunday. Other distractions…
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This snuggly nugget.
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And this wild woman.

On top of knitting, work and teaching I’m happy that these tiny distractions get me outside and keep me laughing every day. Here’s to a happy yarn filled weekend!