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if you actually made it all the way through yesterday’s video, thank you! I guess I can go on and on about my projects and chicken wings apparently. the poor black cardigan did get a little more attention since and I finally joined the fronts to the back. I’m already two inches into the body and I’m definitely not going to make it in time for this artic blast we’re having this weekend. but sitting by the fire with a drink and some bulky yarn in hand isn’t so bad either.

in the video (I have this mental block on calling it a podcast) I wonder why no one knits brioche blankets. and what pops up today but a BRIOCHE BLANKET!! 

© westknits

© westknits

maybe stephen west’s briochevron blanket is the answer to all my hedgehog fibers leftovers? or the beginning of a terrible binge? you need 4000 yds of yarn so probably the latter! who wants to start taking bets on if I attempt this or not?

want a quicker blanket? how about the massive attack by jimiknits?

© Jimenez Joseph

© Jimenez Joseph

stripes, short rows, and bright colors. it’s like it was made for me. throw in some bulky yarn and maybe we can get this done before winter is over. have I mentioned that I’ve never knit a blanket?

I’m obviously thinking warm and cozy this weekend.

© Beatrice Perron Dahlen

© Beatrice Perron Dahlen

the purbeck deux has a cowl neck, that for some reason I decided not to show, and a dropped hem that I’m obsessed with. I have some pink wool in the stash I could use for this or I can wait until I ‘allow’ myself to buy more yarn and get something in a grey or a black.

that pink yarn may become a breaker actually. I feel like I’m the only one that keeps thinking about this sweater since the last brooklyn tweed winter collection came out.

© Brooklyn Tweed

© Brooklyn Tweed

this one has a fun hem as well (in brioche!) and that norah gaughan easy style. maybe it’s because I’m so in love with my riptide that I want to cast on for this one as well? norah has never led me wrong.

bitterpurl riptide

notice a theme with the brioche and the coziness? this sweater flew off the needles in a week. I was so happy I made this since only a few days later a blizzard pass through and this sweater kept me warm. I went out for a walk and I was starting to sweat actually, so that cascade eco combined with that cowl is no joke.  there were two things I kept debating on when I cast this on: the amount of ease and the yoke shaping. I’m pretty short so I didn’t want to be swallowed up in this sweater and I didn’t want it to look messy on me. I decided on 3-4″ of ease while the pattern is shown with a little over 8″.  now that it’s done and I’ve worn it I keep talking myself out of knitting another one in a bigger size. why isn’t there a sweater try on program? send me a sweater in different sizes so I can choose which size to follow. I can’t imagine why this doesn’t exist yet. (hah) the other debate I had with myself was on adding short rows to the back to raise the neckline. I must have forgotten about this issue because I just kept following the pattern as written. I’m glad I did! this is where “norah never led me wrong” applies. the ribbing pattern in the front and back are slightly different with a lot more of the brioche in the front. this helps pull down the front neckline compared to the back, so no need for short rows!

one more and I’m out! in continuing my search for the perfect colorwork hat may I introduce mira into the running?

© Berroco, Inc.

© Berroco, Inc.

I love the combination of the stranded pattern with the unusually dyed thick and thin yarn. have any of you ever used berroco abode?

two blogs I’m happy to see back in my feeds:

steph’s unwind in wyo

rachel lake from scratch

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  • carolyn February 12, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    I looooove that you are blogging so much these days! LOVE IT!

    • bitterpurl February 15, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      yay! thanks! at least I have you reading it lol

  • Nilla February 13, 2016 at 3:39 am

    For me planning my next project is just as fun as knitting (or sewing ). It’s nice to read about the thought process of others too! Thanks for the link to the color work hat, I love it 🙂

    • bitterpurl February 15, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks that! I love looking through patterns and my stash.

  • Duni February 13, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    I liked the original Purbeck, so in glad to see an updated pattern and Mira is gorgeous (both in my queue already). I’ve knit 2 blankets that were just giant doilies (Hemlock and something else similar). They were ok, but got way heavy in the end. I even crocheted the fancy BOs and phew- that was a little much for me to do again. A few years ago I started the Family Leaves Afghan because I have a shitton of fingering weights in greens, browns, and red/orange and it gives me an excuse to buy more Koigu (ALL the colors!). While it would help me complete it if I joined up what I have, I am hoping to do it in a gradient, so I’ll have to wait til they are all done. It remains to be seen if I’ll ever finish…Anything to use up the stash, tho, amirite?

    • bitterpurl February 15, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      I somehow missed it the first time around, so I was happy to spot the redone sweater.

      I think I haven’t committed to a blanket because of all the finishing and joining. I keep trying to talk myself into a barn raising blanket since I have so many scraps, but then I’d have to join up all those squares! and all those ends ugh

      Sounds like you have a ‘use up stash to buy more Koigu’ plan. I like it! I’ll have to copy that if I start that brioche blanket ; )

  • Stephanie February 15, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Seriously, I said “Aw” when I saw that last little bit. And that was right after I drooled over Mira… colorwork and a pompom! What’s not to love? Brioche is one of things I’ve never done. Now that you’ve raved about it, I’m curious. Although I’m on a serious colorwork kick right now, so that will have to wait.

    • bitterpurl February 15, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      😀 well I mean it!

      I NEED to get some colorwork on my needles, I just can’t decide what. There are too many patterns I want to try and apparently I need all the hats. 🙂

      Brioche is so fun! I think the first time I tried it was for my Oshima sweater.