Since May I’ve slowly been working on the test knit for the Painting Bricks sweater that was released by Stephen West today. I knew when I knit the shawl it would make a great sweater pattern and when he did a call for test knitters, I volunteered. The last month or so made it difficult to knit but I focused on the rainbow and how much I really wanted the sweater and I pushed through.
Honestly, I don’t know how I feel about much of anything right now but I do still love knitting. It has just taken me awhile to get into the rhythm but I’m slowly picking up projects I left sitting for a long time. What I’m able to make with my two hands makes me feel so accomplished and the fact that I can make a tiny version for Jellybean…well that’s the cherry on top of a hot fudge sundae.
For the sweater version, instead of the variegated rainbow I previously used on the shawl, for the main body color I went with a favorite neutral, McHale’s Navy by Miss Babs. It was also in the Yowza skeins and I knew since I was going to do a rainbow of color if I could minimize weaving in ends I should. You might also remember it from my Rainbow Tecumseh sweater. I narrowed down the rainbow color palette this time and really just tried to go for a more primary color based rainbow and I like the final results. You can check out all the colors I used on my Ravelry project page (and if you’re having issues viewing Ravelry they have instructions for switching it back to the old version on the homepage). I also created a version for my Animal Crossing character because I’ve been playing this video game way more than I’ve been knitting. It’s a very soothing escape and apparently I‘m not the only one who feels that way about it.
If you play the video game and want to get the custom code for the Painting Bricks sweater, here you go! I love seeing my villagers wearing it on my island.