FO: I Found My Fade

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Well it took a few weeks and there were several mistakes but I found my fade in the Find Your Fade shawl. Sorry for the grainy pic but I wanted to take a panoramic photo on phone so I could get it all in. This baby is HUGE.
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Part of what drew me in to the Find Your Fade shawl was the ability to really go crazy with color. Clearly color is my wheelhouse and I was excited to give it a try. In addition, I got gauge on the project using size 6 needles and not the suggested size 4’s. Anything below a 5 really gets uncomfortable to me so I was even happier to try it when I could use at least a size 6 needle. I had an idea of what I wanted but kind of threw it out the window and popped over to Fibre Space to see what color combos I could create on the fly. I knew I had a skein of highlighter yellow that I’d had for a long time that I wanted to use and the bright sapphire blue from my Mom’s sweater I wanted to incorporate. Everything else was up for grabs. In the end my finals colors were (from right to left):

  • Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Edison Bulb
  • Hedgehog Fibres in Genie
  • Hedgehog Fibres in Fly
  • The Lemonade Shop Mighty Sock in Charm Bomb
  • Periwinkle Sheep Watercolor Sock in Sapphire
  • Hedgehog Fibres in Dragonfly
  • Hedgehog Fibres in Sorry Not Sorry

Find Your Fade finished
I should note that I was not perfect at all with this pattern but it’s super forgiving (…and yes I got new glasses). My numbers were typically off on my stitch count due to the double yarnovers in the lace pattern but it was easy to adjust or do a different row in the lace depending on the amount of stitches I had at the end. I also didn’t do as many repeats because I didn’t have as much of the sapphire blue as I needed to I adjusted and made some places bigger and by the time I got to my last color I was ready to just bind-off. I’ve also noticed where some have a smooth check style I have a little bit of a hard turn near the end by the middle spine. I don’t care. You can’t see all that little mistakes when it’s wrapped up around you. And man, you can really wrap yourself up in this bad boy.
Find Your Fade finished
It’s also so big I didn’t have to hide Jellybean’s crate when I was snapping quick pics before work. LOL
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I finished it on Friday and it was dry and ready to wear on Saturday so I did! I was able to snag tickets to the Kusama Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirshorn and wore it there. What an awesome exhibit. Mistakes and all I’m really happy about this piece. It’s a light weight wrap that’s kind of perfect for this time of year when the morning’s are chilly and my office is freezing. I will happily wear this and show of all my hard work.

Has anyone else knit a Find Your Fade shawl? If you did share a link to your blog post or Ravelry post so I can see yours too!

FO: Four Color Fable Cardigan

Um…have I mentioned how much I love sweater knitting? I was getting a little sad thinking of how the cooler temps were going to leave soon and then I was reminded of all the cotton yarn that was coming to my local yarn shops. HOORAY! But I think my Four Color Fable Cardigan will carry me into early spring.
Four color Fable cardigan
I finished this on Saturday and wore it on Sunday and Monday. Yeah, I love this sweater. One of the big reasons why I love it so much…
Four color Fable cardigan
I added pockets! I was excited to knit a seamed sweater because I could just have a pop of color with the stripes on the front panels and not have to juggle stranded colorwork. And since I was seaming this sweater I decided I would add pockets at the side seams when I attached the sleeves and the side of the body.
Four color Fable cardigan
Since there were big stripes it was easy to line up my seaming so I stopped the side seam before the last two stripes on the body. Then I seamed it from the bottom ribbing up to the stripe. Above is a pick of the sweater seamed laying flat on a table. You can see the bump of the pocket but it’s pretty hidden.
Four color Fable cardigan
I used the same pocket style from my Agnes sweater, I picked up stitches around the pocket seam (about 50), knit one round, purled one round (so it looks nice and clean) and then knit in the round decreasing occasionally until I had a pocket deep enough to throw my hands in. I finished it off with a three needled bind-off. And there you have my pocket perfection. I still need to tack the pocket to the inside of the sweater at the ribbing but that would require me not wearing it, right?
Four color Fable cardigan
My only real issue that always seems to be an issue is that I think my shoulders are a bit broad for shawl collars. I tacked down the collar in the back but you can see my collar doesn’t really give a good fold over on the front. I also stink at button bands being perfectly straight (how do people do that?!) but neither bother me though, it’s still a warm and super soft sweater. I used the Knit Picks Mighty Stitch yarn in worsted weight again.
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And these were the final options for buttons. I asked everyone for help on the glass and wood buttons and that same day at lunch I found green wood buttons that won out. It was the best of both worlds and my button stash just earned two new sets (I love buttons, they are my favorite finishing touch).
Four color Fable cardigan
And just because I was photographing this for the blog I threw on a Yards of Happiness t shirt I made myself a while ago when I got my Silhouette cutting machine. The sparkly green lettering was a nice match to my green stripes. I love this cozy sweater so much and now I want to add pockets to everything! I’m now transitioning over to knitting some baby items for friends but I’ve got a test knit I’m going to start and hopefully finish before the month is out and then perhaps it’ll be a few shawls and some cotton weight sweaters in the future. We shall see but I just don’t see my love of sweater knitting ending even when the cold weather does.

Stitching Status: Four Color Fable

I totally wanted to share my Trail Jacket but with a sick husband and a sick dog I just haven’t had the time to take proper photos. I’m hoping to get some time over the weekend. So instead I thought I’d share the status of what I’m currently working on and hoping to finish this weekend.
Fable in progress
These are the pieces to my Four Color Fable cardigan. This is the first seamed sweater I’ve done in a while. I finished the sleeves Thursday night and they’re drying after I blocked them so I seamed the shoulders and started the shawl collar/button band while I wait for the sleeves to dry.
Fable in progress
I bought this pattern a while ago with the intentions of making a neutral color cardigan that I could wear all the time and I kept getting bored thinking about making it all one color…because I’m me and I love color. So I kept putting this project off. And then one day I saw an old episode of How I Met Your Mother and the character Lily had on a navy blue sweater coat and the front panels were large blocks of color and I said to myself that’s what Fable is going to become. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I’m not required to make a neutral. I can make whatever I want.  I actually ordered the turquoise and apple green color along with cream and orange but when it came I had a ball of the green Mighty Stitch Worsted out and decided it would be a cardigan of shades of blue and green. I’m really loving the final results. From the back it will look like it’s a solid navy blue sweater but the front will give an entirely different vibe. I’m also considering adding pockets at the side seams when I add in the sleeves. I feel like it needs pockets. My next choice is what buttons!?! I didn’t take a picture but I picked up two sets of buttons, these green glass looking buttons and these textured wood buttons. Which would you choose to put on a navy blue button band?