Chocolate Nephele Sweater-in-Progress

I haven’t even posted about a bunch of knits finished in 2017, but I’ll catch up eventually. Right now I want to talk about the Nephele pullover I started in December. I’ve loved the look of the Nephele sweater since I first saw it – it has a simple, chic design to it and the dramatic cable is definitely the star of this sweater show.  And a cozy bulky weight knit is just what I need right now – we’re deep in winter, and needing all the cozy sweaters we can get!

I took the above photo with some of the things Lila likes to read lately – A Perfect Place for Ted is an adorable book about a dog looking for a home and has all sorts of knitting goodness in it, Davy the Day Bat is a sweet book about a mixed up bat (and Lila is obsessed with bats!) but is unfortunately put of print, and then we have a storybook of Lila’s own creation – Jungle Superhero Saves Cat from …. I’ll ruin the surprise, from a tree. The jungle superhero saves the cat from a tree.

This photo was taken just before the holidays, I’m almost done it now! I’m loving knitting it- the travelling cable is amazing, and the bulky weight is actually a really quick knit – or would be, if I spent more time knitting over the holidays. I should be done very soon, the pattern is so easy to follow, and given the cold temperatures lately, I’m very excited to wear it. It is knit in the round from the bottom up, and currently I’m on the sleeves, so it’s the home stretch. I struggle taking photos of sweaters in progress when they are bottom up, it’s so hard to convey what’s happening when you can’t see the finished product yet, but I know that it’s going to be great.

The yarn I’m using is Delicious Yarns Frosting in ‘Chocolate‘, a chunky weight superwash merino that is so amazingly soft! I’m loving it so far, it’s knitting up beautifully, and I wish you could reach through the screen to squish it.

Longtime readers no doubt noticed that there was no Modification Monday post yesterday. Sometimes I have them done before the weekend and they are all scheduled and ready to go, but this wasn’t one of those weekends. I ended up in the hospital on Friday night, and got to spend some quality time there. I had been wrestling with what I thought was a bad chest cold for a couple of weeks, but assumed it would pass. Turns out I was wrong – I have pneumonia. If you follow me on Instagram (and if not, you should- all kinds of behind-the-scenes stuff gets posted there!), you probably saw the photo on Instagram stories of my charming IV pole while I was still in the hospital.  I’m back home now, full of antibiotics and painkillers, but I feel like this:

So…. I’ll be moving at half speed for a while. I’ve heard mixed results on the timeline for recovery form pneumonia, but none of them were quick.


  1. Christine   •  

    Hi Julie: Love that sweater and knit in Delicious Yarns it will be amazing. I am so sorry to hear about your illness and I hope you have a speedy recovery. : )

  2. Julie, So glad to hear you are home resting. I love the sweater. A good color for you, no doubt. I also love hearing about what Lila is into reading. Always looking for fresh ideas my for own little guy. Take good care!

  3. Tanis   •  

    I hadn’t seen that pattern before, but it’s so you – especially the neckline – it’s going to be awesome for sure! Happy to hear that you’re back home. Pneumonia sounds scary. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  4. Lisa   •  

    Oh no! So many people getting sick lately, I do hope you get better soon. And have a finished sweater to protect you from all the bad things in the air this year.

    That sweater though, Oh my! The chocolate color is simply stunning. I can’t wait to see your finished one.

  5. AngelaH   •  

    Ugh, Julie, that super sucks! I really hope that the painkillers at least make your recovery time more comfortable (and, I guess it’s nice to know that you’re not contagious — means you can snuggle with the kids without worry). If you’re well enough to knit, that sweater will be finished in no time! (It is such a good colour! Juju Vail talked about brown as the ultimate neutral on the Pomcast a few months ago, and she is so right. I’ve been drawn to browns more and more since I heard it.)

    I hope you’re feeling better soon!

  6. Duni   •  

    You buried the lead- I hope you feel better soon! And the sweater looks amazing in that yarn. Great choice!

    • Thea   •  

      So true! I was reading along thinking this post did not quite sound like you. Then BAM! The pneumonia reveal. All of those bugs and drugs in your system will throw off the writing 🙂
      Please take care of yourself. Pneumonia can be a bear to recover from.

  7. Stefanie   •  

    OMGosh, pneumonia? Yikes! I’m so sorry. I hope you feel a change for the better soon. That chocolate yarn is wonderful! I want to squeeze it. I love seeing Lila’s printing and her drawing; too cute.

  8. Wanda   •  

    oh no – pneumonia can really sap one’s strength for some time even after recovery – make sure you really do give yourself the time and space needed for a full recovery!! And onto the lovely positives you shared – that sweater and that yarn are both gorgeous, I am sure your end result will look amazing, and it sounds like it will feel amazing to wear! I love that pattern – I had a big year in knitting in 2017, in that I finally finished my first and second sweater – woo hoo! But gauge is so tricky for me to accomplish, I did top down patterns so that I could keep endlessly trying them on as I went and make adjustments where I needed to. I worry about bottom-up sweaters as I cannot try on (but now I am thinking that I should work on converting this beautiful pattern to top-down…?!) Last, those books, including Lila’s own, look absolutely adorable – I hope you love every minute of reading and sharing them with her!!

  9. Val   •  

    I’ve loved that pattern since you first posted about it (can’t remember if it was on the blog or Pinterest) and it’s going to be gorgeous in that rich brown ! Sending all the healing mojo!

  10. Mary   •  

    I hope you feel better soon! Prayers for quick recovery:-)

  11. miss agnes   •  

    Pneumonia is a not something to take lightly, no doubt you will need time to recover, especially with this harsh winter season. Don’t worry too much about the blog, and get better soon.
    This chocolate yarn looks so scrumptious, you can feel the softness through the picture, indeed I wish we should pet it too. Take plenty of rest sweet Julie.

  12. Lynne Zapletal   •  

    Wishing you a very speedy recovery! Please take care of yourself.

  13. loulou   •  

    Oooh, that sweater will be amazing!

    I love the topic of Lila’s story. She’s a cutie, alright.

    Here’s hoping you recover soon. xo

  14. Barbara   •  

    I hope you’re able to get better as quickly as possible! Good thing you can knit while you recover. It’s so hard to be a mama, and sick, because there just never seems to be enough time to rest! I wish I could help, or at least be closer to come share a cup of hot chocolate and keep you company 🙂

  15. Snow   •  

    Ugh! Pneumonia is not to be ignored. Nor is resting as much as you can…which is a challenge with two small ones. Time to schedule lots of playdates. Doesn’t a nap for a couple hours or a good hot soak sound good? Your health comes first.
    Sweater second 🙂
    Be well.

  16. Danielle   •  

    I love that Lila liked Davy the Day Bat and that she made her own book! I hope that you start feeling better and better each day 🙂

  17. Kat @ felinity knits   •  

    Oh my gosh! Get better soon Julie, you poor thing. Hopefully your totally gorgeous new sweater is helping to cheer you up though – that yarn looks so squishable and soft. Can’t wait to see the finished version!

  18. Snow   •  

    I missed having coffee with you(when I read your blog) and since you’re trying to heal, I just reread the past posts.
    This sweater is just lovely and that yarn! Hot cocoa! This color looks great on just about everyone- a neglected neutral.
    I really think this sweater needs a soft mohair alpaca silk dreaminess swath of a soft white cloud of a cowl. The perfect marshmallow for your cocoa. 🙂
    Rest. Regenerate.Rest some more.

  19. Tien   •  

    Oh no I hope that you are feeling better! Gets lots of rest. The yarn and sweater in progress looks so soft & cozy. What a cool design too. Love the little book that Lila made. How fun to see her creations!

  20. Andi   •  

    I am sorry to hear that you got pneumonia, it is miserable. I do think everyone heals differently. But what I do know is those who rest, take all their antibiotics, drink lots of fluids do heal faster.
    Please take care of yourself.
    The yarn looks good enough to take a nibble out of.

  21. Nikki   •  

    No, it is not a quick recovery and a frustrating one. Be kind to yourself and try not to be too frustrated with your progress. Wishing you a restful and seamless recovery.

  22. Alina   •  

    Such a cozy sweater on your needles!!! Hope you are feeling much much better by now!

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