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Vodka Lemonade and a Top Secret Mission!

I started this sweater way back at the beginning of June when we were back east visiting family and attending a good friends’ wedding. It ended up being put aside for a while this summer in favor of some smaller (aka not as hot in my lap!) projects. Once I picked it back up towards the end of August, the sleeves practically knit themselves! Now, if only it would get cool enough outside to warrant wearing it!

Pattern: Vodka Lemonade by Thea Colman

Yarn: Hazel Knits Artisan Lively DK in Splish Splash

Modifications: I made my sweater a touch longer than the pattern calls for and did my own waist shaping based on my measurements. I also added 3 button holes in the center of the sweater, but have yet to find the perfect buttons!

The Hazel Knits DK was a dream to work with. It’s a Superwash Merino/Nylon blend, which I think will hold up great. It has amazing stitch definition, too! I have to give a huge shout out to Hazel Knits for their incredibly consistent dyeing. I purchased 3 skeins for the sweater and ended up running out of yarn. The yarn shop I purchased it from had another skein on hand, but I doubt it was dyed at the same time (I purchased it several months later) and it matched my other skeins perfectly. Just in case, I alternated for a few rows when I started the new skein, but it became obvious that it was unnecessary! A shipment of Hazel Knits just arrived at the shop, and I fell in love all over again. Maybe I can justify purchasing some more by using it for holiday gifts!

Now…onto the Top Secret Mission part of the post! Several months ago, the organizers of Fall Festival contacted Stash to see if we would be up to the task of doing a little Yarn Bombing around the festival grounds (one of our local parks). You can read more about it here! I found some ridiculously cute Yarn Bombing fabric on Spoonflower and made some special edition bags for the shop:

And then of course, there was the actual Yarn Bombing. We went to the park the night before the festival and decorated trees, statues, the gazebo, lampposts, etc.

We also had super cool Bomb Squad t-shirts.

Fun, right?! It was loads of fun to decorate the park with knitting and hear people talking about it all weekend!

In other knitting news, I have an embarrassing number of projects on the needles right now! I have a couple of more projects that I’ve recently finished that still haven’t made the blog….but soon, I promise!

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Second Installment of the Twisted Shawlette Club!

My goal with the Twisted Shawlette Club has been to knit each shawl before the next shipment arrives. So far, I’m 2 for 2!

Pattern: Viriditas by Shannon Squire

Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Primo Fingering in Grandma’s Porch

Mods: None!

Viriditas is a scarf/shawl that is worked from end to end getting larger as you work your way to the middle and then getting smaller as you knit to the other end. It was a nice relaxing knit and even though I usually dislike knitting back and forth over a short distance, I really enjoyed this knit!

And of course, the yarn was scrumptious. I haven’t met a skein of Plucky that I didn’t immediately fall in love with. The yarn line-up that Twisted has for this club is just incredible…I’m very much looking forward to the rest of the shipments!

I cast-off the Viriditas shawl the same day as another project I’ve been working on for quite some time. Unfortunately, it still needs buttons and the ends woven in…but I’m too excited about it not to share!

Before Dark in Pigeonroof Studios Cassiopeia DK 

I am beyond thrilled with how this sweater turned out! I have some buttons on special order at Stash, which I’m really excited about. I think they’ll be perfect.

Of course, I have several other projects on-the-needles as well…including a hat in some Swan’s Island and a summer top for the Stash Summer KAL. Go check out my WIP Wednesday post over on the Stash blog!

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WIP Wednesday

Thought I’d take a quick minute to show you what’s on my needles right now! (truth be told, there are lots of projects on needles in various stages…but these are the ones I’m actively working on)

First up….a sweater for me:

Gorgeous, right?! Cables, and lace, and MCN (merino/cashmere/nylon)…can’t get much better than that! I’m really pleased with the fit so far, and it’s knitting up at a fairly quick pace. You know, considering that it’s a sweater.

Next up is a going to be a sample for the shop that has been on the needles for a couple of months, but I finally bound off the body yesterday!

I still have the sleeves and the ribbed band on the front/neck to do…but it’s getting there, slowly but surely.

I also finished a skein of handspun yarn a few days ago…

Two if by Hand Organic Merino in Bertie Bott’s (yes, as in BB’s Every Flavor Beans from Harry Potter)

I ended up with about 280-ish yards of sport-weight (maybe dk after it’s post bath poof) yarn…I’m thinking it’ll become a hat for me. Or mittens? Or something else entirely!

Well, I think that’s it for now…off to put another few rows on that sweater!

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Solstice Cardigan

My Solstice Cardigan is FINISHED! Really finished, with pockets and everything! I’ll fully admit that I wore it a couple of times sans pockets because I’m so thrilled with the sweater!

Pattern: Solstice Cardigan by Cecily Glowick MacDonald

Yarn: Quince & Co. Osprey in colorway Twig

Modifications: When I blocked my gauge swatch, it grew about 1-1.5 sts over 4 inches. I was really pleased with the fabric on the size 10.5 needles, so instead of going down a needle size, I followed the directions for the 33.5″ to get finished measurements (after blocking) of the 36.75″. My sleeves are approximately an inch shorter than called for in the pattern and I blocked the body (from the underarm to hem) about an inch and a half longer than called for. I knit for the correct number of inches knowing that I could gain some length in the blocking process.

There are so many things I love about this pattern. It was a relatively quick knit due to the use of aran weight yarn and size 10.5 needles, but it was far from boring. I loved that it was knit from the top down in one piece including the front bands. So that when you bind-off the body, you’re actually done with the body. The details in this sweater are easy to execute, but make a seemingly simple top down cardigan interesting to knit. I love the texture of the twisted stockinette stitch on the body of the sweater (you can really see the difference in this photo between the body and the sleeve stitches), though it did slow down my knitting quite a bit. The faux cable is a fun touch that doesn’t require the use of a cable needle, and is very easy to knit. And finally, I really loved the use of ribbing at the waist instead of traditional waist shaping. The pattern was well written and easy to follow, which is always nice!

Now, let’s talk about the yarn! This was my first time knitting with anything from Quince & Co. (a Maine based company that offers wool that is sourced and spun here in the US), and it certainly won’t be the last. I used Osprey, which is a 3-ply aran weight yarn that is 100% wool. It’s quite soft but feels like it will resist pilling fairly well. The stitch definition is fantastic and despite being a heavier weight yarn, it feels very airy. Quince & Co. offers a nice range of colors, and I will definitely be purchasing more of this in the future….most likely for this in the not so distant future! I already have some Quince Lark (a worsted weight yarn) to knit this, which will probably be the next sweater to hit the needles.

I know I’m going to get a TON of wear out of this sweater. It’s the perfect style for throwing over a t-shirt while hanging around the house, or wearing over something a little nicer around town.

Now I need to concentrate on finishing up the baby sweaters for the auction next weekend. I’m hoping to finish the second sweater by tomorrow night or Saturday so I have time to knit matching hats! Because, really, doesn’t every baby in a handknit sweater need a matching hat? Yes. I think so.

We’ll also be working on ripping out our deck this weekend, so stay tuned for pictures of the demolition!

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