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Category: Azel Pullover

It’s time for an update on the Azel Pullover! I’ve had some quiet evenings lately, just me and my knitting and a glass of wine. As a result, I’m 9/10ths done with this cozy sweater/poncho. Just the collar and some buttons left to go!

Brooks has been away on a trip, so I’m reliving my single days. I’ve watched almost every chick flick on Netflix, and I’ve been listening to an amazing podcast called Nerdette. I do yoga, and talk to myself a lot (I’m sure my neighbors think that there’s another person in the apartment. As we all know, the best accompaniment to a movie or podcast is a knitting project, so there are a couple lined up within easy reach of the sofa. I honestly thought I would be able to finish the Azel last night, but apparently I fell asleep while knitting. Let me tell you, this pullover makes one cozy blanket — I can’t wait to wear it for real!

Whenever I have found myself really missing my awesome partner, I’ve cheered myself up with a hilarious piece by Lisa Shroyer called “Lisa’s List: 10 Reasons Knitting Is Better Than A Boyfriend”. Check out her amazing graphic of “Essentials for Singledom”!

Image credit: Lisa Shroyer/Interweave

 

Snowy Day Ramblings

Category: Azel Pullover

Well, that’s a bit more like it! I firmly believe that February in Maine is supposed to be snowy. I’ve stockpiled hot cocoa mix, dug out all my winter gear, and even got a brand new pair of snow shoes. My cross-country skis have been shooting me reproachful glances from beneath a thin coat of dust. There are some sheepskin slippers calling my name, and I’m halfway through a new TV show. Yes, indeed — I’m heading home shortly to enjoy this winter weather.

SNOW!

But before I leave, I wanted to give you an update on my Sharpie yarn from last week, and show you how far I’ve gotten on my Azel Pullover (hint: not that far). 

My Sharpie yarn came out a little lighter and more pastel-colored than I had hoped, but I still like it. It makes me think of unicorns, and I’m tempted to pair it with a strand of sparkle yarn for some true rainbow-unicorn fabulousness. Next time, I’m going to go all-out with the Sharpies, and really put some pigment into the yarn. I still have some experimenting to do, but it was a fun learning experience, and way easier than mixing boiling vats of dye on my tiny kitchen stove. This is the kind of crafty project you can do with the kids on a Sunday afternoon (but definitely with ventilation for those marker fumes, folks!).

 

 

 

 

The Azel Pullover really is a fast knit, I swear. However, mine is taking FOREVER, because I only ever manage one row here and there. Between calling my senators, reading news reports, and hiding under my bed because it’s all just too much, I haven’t been knitting as diligently as I should. That’s why I’m going to layer up and trudge home right now. I’m going to make a mug of Bixby & Co. hot chocolate, put on my slippers, and knit up a storm. I will not log onto social media. I will not turn on the news. I’m just going to make the world’s coziest poncho. And then I’m going to wear it.

Starting Fresh For 2017

Category: Azel Pullover

Happy New Year, everyone! I’m ready for 2017 to be fantastic, how about you? Let’s make it the best year we possibly can.

If projects or tasks are lingering towards the end of the year, I always like to try to wrap them up before New Year’s Eve. It’s always satisfying to complete stuff, and even more so when you have the incentive of a clean slate and a fresh start when the clock strikes midnight. With that in mind, I’m pleased to announce that I have finally completed my Caribou Cowl, and the pattern should be available shortly! (Stay tuned on Facebook!) Made from one skein each of Berroco Folio Luxe and HiKoo Caribou, this cowl is cozy and sophisticated at the same time, and easy-peasy to knit.

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And now… I get to start something new. You guys, I swatched. I did. Usually I skip this rather important step, because I’m impatient/lazy, but today, I decided “New Year, new me”. (Also, I really want this to fit.)

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SWATCH!

Since this is Plymouth Encore Mega on size 13 needles, it took me all of 10 minutes. It’s making me think that I should swatch more often. Also, don’t be like old me — always, always swatch if you’re making a sweater. Be like new-2017-me.

Tonight or tomorrow, this adorable little swatch will be ripped out, and I will CAST ON FOR MY AZEL PULLOVER! At last! It shall be mine! All miiiiiiinnne! (And by “mine” I mean “the store’s”.) Mwahahahahahahaaaa!

Here’s wishing you a triumphant fresh start to this new year. It’s going to be better. We’re going to make it better.