FO: Something for Spring

It’s Friday! I have no real plans for the weekend and that makes me super happy. Today I thought I’d share a finished object to usher in the weekend. When I finished my Little Women cardigan I had 3 and a half skeins leftover and I didn’t know what to make with the leftovers. I loved this yarn a lot and had an epiphany that if I used larger needles I would have enough to make a top for myself and I was right! Here’s my Spring Tee and Jellybean, my constant shadow and my one grey hair that is determined to be featured in any photograph. Sigh…those greys are strong!
Summer Top
I pulled out my copy of The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters, did some math and some guessing (totally didn’t swatch on the larger needles) and just improvised a top. I even decided to do a cable cast-on at the neckline to give it more of a scoop/u neckline instead of a v neck. Who am I?! But I’ve made enough basic top-down sweaters to know what works, what doesn’t and what I like to knit. I probably could’ve made the sleeves a little bigger since I kept them short but they’re fine. This was just a total make it up as I go along after I cast-on 40 stitches with size 10.5 needles. I’m proud of myself for winging it.
Summer Top
The other thing I always second guess is length. I’ve got hips and a butt so I hate clingy tops but I like layering and didn’t want to make it too short and have a tank top hanging really low. Add in how much I wasn’t sure it would grow when I blocked it and I think in the end I got a good length for me and it is a perfect length to layer tops underneath. I’m sure I’ll pick up a long sleeve from Target in the fall to layer underneath this so it becomes a year round top. Side note, I really need to buy myself some blocking boards (perhaps that will be my birthday gift to myself?) because my hemline is slightly wonky since it got squished a little when I put it out to dry. Oops!
Summer Top
I really do love this yarn and hope that it wears well over time. But I’m pretty sure I’ll be wearing this top repeatedly all year long. Next up on my list? Finishing up my third hat, starting on same baby knits and finally working on that saddle shoulder sweater with stripes I want to make for summer. We might be taking family pics soon and I think the top I’ve envisioned in my head would be cute for photos. We shall see. What are you working on this weekend?

In My Queue: So Faded

Over the years I’ve learned to never say never because whenever I do, inevitably I end up doing the thing I never said I’d do. Example: when I was in the 5th grade I had to give a presentation about the state of Massachusetts (we lived in North Carolina at the time) and one of the questions you had to answer was would you ever want to move to the state you’re researching? My response…NEVER. We moved there about a year and a half later. That was just the beginning of a long list of things I’d say never to (drinking coffee, going to the same university that my older sisters went to, getting married…) that ended up happening anyway. So when it comes to knitting I am clear about my preferences but have learned to never say never. Another example, I’ve let friends know of my distaste of fingering weight yarn and small needles and then…
Find Your Fade finished
I used 7 skeins of fingering weight yarn and made my Find Your Fade shawl. I loved this project and was okay with it because it was worked up on size 6 needles. I wear this baby nonstop. So yesterday when I saw the So Faded sweater I was conflicted…

So Faded Sweater via Andrea Mowry on Ravelry
So Faded Sweater via Andrea Mowry on Ravelry

Do I really want to knit a fingering weight yarn sweater? But I love color fading…but I prefer dk weight or worsted. And she worked up a pattern for smaller sizes too! What about the kids in my life?! It’s a simple pattern I’m sure I could work it out myself…but I could just buy it and be done with it. And then I saw: Save 15% off of all my Faded patterns – So Faded, So Faded Pint Sized and Find Your Fade with the coupon code FADED! Sale ends 4/19/2017 at midnight EST! The choice was easy, I bought the pattern and pulled the skeins of fingering weight I have in my stash out and this might be one of my preparing for fall sweaters I make. For some reason I have pretty skeins of green yarn in fingering weight I’ve been stashing and this might turn into a gorgeous green sweater for myself and I don’t even have to buy yarn. I’m a sucker for knitting. And if you were thinking about making the Find Your Fade shawl and haven’t bought the pattern get it while she’s having a sale today!

Stitching Status: Cheers to the Weekend

April always seems to be such a chaotic month. My semester will be over soon and as much as I love teaching I’m always exhausted by the end of a semester. Balancing my full time job and teaching a college course is time consuming to say the least but I think I gave my students a good semester. And once school is over I can look forward to a late spring vacation. HOORAY! I’m already thinking about what I want to make myself and I’m itching to get some spring/summer knitting done for myself but want to finish a few projects for others in the meantime. So what have I been up to lately?
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I was able to finish not one but two hats for Travis before he left for NY. We had a goodbye sit down family dinner last night and I made him his favorite, oatmeal raisin cookies with golden raisins. Such a specific request but it made him so happy when I told him what I was about to pop in the oven. I’m going to miss him but he reminded me that NY is just a bus ride away. I’m actually hoping to knit two more of this hat (1 for myself and 1 for another guest lecturer before he heads to London on vacation) and I’ll do a full post hopefully on all the hats next week.
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In shopping news…I love a good pair of clogs and finally got to wear my insanely bright neon pink Sven clogs this week. This has made me more happy than any shoe probably has in a long time. If you like clogs and you like neon colors you may want to check out their closeout section for some awesome deals. They also have some non-neon options on closeout at great prices too but I’m always interested in the insanely colorful things in life. This is my second pair of Sven clogs, the others are a metallic silver pair I still love and have had for about 5 years.
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And I got a haircut! I have a love hate relationship with my hair sometimes and when I’m in a rut I end up with a boring layered bob. I didn’t want boring hair anymore so I gave my stylists a few notes on what I wanted in a hairstyle (short, low maintenance and fun) and just let her do her thing. She’s been our family stylist for almost 20 years so she knows my hair and what to do and I think when I give her creative freedom over my hair she does her best work. I think it’s fun and a great update and goes well with the new funky glasses. Also yes, this is the second time this week I’ve worn my Little Women cardigan and I have a feeling I’ll have it on for Easter dinner on Sunday with the family too. It’s just so soft, I love this thing.
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And to round out this week here’s a little video of Cher and Jellybean on our after work walk. I love how Jellybean hops like a little bunny and Cher always seems to serious on walks. These two make every day awesome in my book. Have a great weekend and happy Easter if you’re celebrating the holiday!