Last month I was feeling a little overwhelmed and I put everything aside and pulled out yarn just because the color made me happy. It was the Lemonade Shop’s Classic DK in the color Pinwheel. I remember seeing that color on a pair of mittens years ago and it always stuck in my brain. It was vibrant and fun and I said one day I’ll buy some. So when Heather ran a sale in the summer I scooped up that color in a sweater quantity and I laughed when she said, ‘are you sure you want a sweater this color?’ Yeah I was sure.
I don’t ever shy away from color. The brighter the better and if you have a way to add little flecks of rainbows I’m sold. This color is so neon it feels like it glows and I feel like I’m radiating happiness when I’m wearing it.
After knitting Jessica’s sweater I decided I wanted something with full sleeves too for myself. Instead of a raglan, I decided to go with a circular yoke because why not. I liked the fit of the Love Note sweaters but I wanted something closer fitting to the body to work better with the fuller sleeve. And I also added in short row shaping to give it a high/low hem. I started it with a provisional cast-on for the neckline because I didn’t know how I wanted it. When I did ribbing it was just too tight so I pulled it out and did a simple stretchy bind-off so that I had a nice round neckline. I also decided for the neckline and the ribbing to use the Gin and Tonic color from my ‘Feather’ sweater I made a few months back. The blue was the perfect little pop and it had hints of the neon yellow in the yarn too.
It also pairs perfectly with my unicorn rainbow glasses. I’m sure I’ll get questions about the yarn striping, but I just let the yarn do what it was going to do on its own. I didn’t alternate skeins and I loved the swirls around the neckline and arms and the striping on the body. This sweater was just an experiment, playing with shapes and using bold colors but I love having fun and playing around with it. I also really love Lemonade Shop yarns because they make me smile the entire time I’m knitting with them. How can I not when it’s so colorful and bright. I’ve still got almost a full skein left so either Jellybean will bet a matching sweater or I’ll add this to a hat or shawl to bright up a dreary day.