Fiberuary Challenge

If you follow me over on Instagram you may have noticed that I’m participating the Fiberuary Challenge. Every day of the month you respond to the prompt listed below and share using the hashtag #Fiberuary. It’s fun and you can click on that hashtag and see what other folks have been posting throughout the month.
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Sunday’s prompt was what was your first knitting project and it got me thinking about what I made first…a really horrible orange garter stitch scarf. I have no clue where it went, I’m pretty sure I threw it away or gave it away. So I looked to the first project I added to Ravelry, the Baby Chalice Blanket.
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For a fairly new knitter this was a big project, I made it for my boss’s new baby. I was so proud of it and 7 years later she tells me it now tucks in a stuffed unicorn every night.

So tell me, what was your first knitting project you were really proud of?

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FO: Party Top Sweater

First, there was TONS of great advice in the comments on my post about frogging. I’m going to try to pull it all together into one blog post. Now remember in that same post I was talking about a sweater I had to frog back and now I’m sharing the finished piece! This is the Party Top sweater.
Party Top Sweater
I think I’m falling in love with cropped sweaters. Instead of the fuller cropped silhouette like my Boxed Pullover, this one has a more fitted shape. I decided to knit this one with a strand of Neighborhood Fiber Company Loft yarn, a lace weight mohair yarn and a strand of Berroco Vintage DK in Breezeway from my stash. I’ve heard that mohair can be itchy and make a sweater overwhelmingly hot. I don’t feel like this is itchy at all, it’s super soft. I think because it’s cropped and has shorter sleeves it isn’t an overwhelmingly hot sweater either. Maybe it’s a perfect type of sweater to knit with mohair.

Party Top Sweater
I love the mohair haze on this sweater.

I will admit, if I had more yarn I probably would’ve made it an inch longer but I only had enough to get it to the specified length which is fine with me. I was able to pair it with a couple of of different tops and skirts/pants combos in my wardrobe, so it will work. And I really love the texture the mohair gives and then the added bits of color it gave to what would’ve been just a solid colored sweater make this a little special. Now I’m going to want to add a strand of mohair to everything. LOL
Party Top Sweater
I’ve really been looking at my stash and what I want to make and what gaps I have in my wardrobe. I have four works in progress that I’ve been letting hang out for a bit (and may for a little longer) and I cast on a lovely Balloon Cardigan on Saturday in a gorgeous deep red orange. I’ve been wanting something with a dramatic sleeve and this is definitely it. I’ve also been thinking about things my sisters have wanted me to make them so I’ve been going over the perfect patterns to make them something special this year. I’m excited about knitting and clearly all my productivity is showing my excitement. What are you excited to be making right now? 

Yarn & Avocados

It’s Friday so I thought I’d share something fun. I’ve taken matching to a whole new level…
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Last weekend I met up with Shelli of Shelli Can, she makes cool flair and things to wear for fiber folks and she’s local! So we met at Fibre Space for a weekend event they were having and I told her I’d wear the ‘Avo Yarn Problem’ sweatshirt I bought from her so I could show her Jellybean’s avocado sweatshirt too. I usually buy her one or two really nice quality sweatshirts to last all winter and I love the ones from Sir Dogwood.
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They also make this sweatshirt in a hoodie and a onesie version. I adore the modern and cute clothes. Also, Jellybean’s poses kill me. I know it’s silly but man it makes me smile and that’s all that really matters. So I thought I’d share and make you smile too. Have a great weekend!