Inspired by Rainbows

It’s one of my favorite times of year, September issue season! Magazines thick with fashion inspiration to help me plan updates to my wardrobe and inspire my knitting. Honestly, September issues are probably the only time of year I really read magazines anymore but I love this burst of inspiration they give me. And I’m already excited because color is everywhere and I keep seeing rainbows!

Sweater inspiration
Glamour Magazine Cover September 2018

Tiffany Haddish is on the cover of Glamour magazine wearing an awesome rainbow sweater from ASOS that I totally plan to use as inspiration.  I also learned from her quick interview in O Magazine that her secret talent is that she knits! I was so excited by that! I also go inspiration from a completely unexpected source…a dog leash and harness.
Dog leash
I always get Zee dog leashes and harnesses for the girls because I love their fun prints and colors. And the moment I saw their new Primsa print I knew I had to order it. And I already planned on making two rainbow sweaters this year. I want to make my wool Tecumseh sweater I plan on starting in September with a rainbow color palette! And then use the leftover rainbow yarn from that project to make myself a cardigan. But now I want to add some black and white stripes in there like Jellybean’s leash! I didn’t expect to see all these rainbows and get excited but now I’m itching to start my next knitting project. What’s inspiring your knitting and knitting color palettes? 

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FO: Boardwalk (Test Knit)

Remember that test knit I finished way back in May but couldn’t post about? Well, the pattern has been released and I can finally share the Boardwalk sweater with you.
Boardwalk test knit
I know at first you’re thinking, okay it’s a nice sweater but what’s special about it? Well…I’ve been wanting to knit a sweater with buttons down the back and this pattern is for a cardigan you can choose to knit to wear the buttons in the front or in the back. They just alter the shaping a bit depending on how you wan to wear it. And honestly, you could wear it both ways in my opinion regardless of how you knit it.
Boardwalk test knit
I knit this entirely with Miss Babs Yowza (it really is a favorite yarn of mine for it’s durability, softness, the colors AND it has 560 yards per skein). The body is knit with the colorway Spread Your Wings that I bought at the 2017 Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and had been holding on to for something special and the ribbing was all done in the colorway Rainforest. It’s really pretty teal blue that I originally used in my Technicolor Dream Coat. I love when I can finally use a yarn I’ve been holding on to and the color and the pattern turn out beautifully.
Boardwalk test knit
I was sad that I was knitting this sweater and wouldn’t be able to wear it until the fall because I love the fit and style. It has a split hem, it has a bit of ease built into it and I just love the buttons down the back. I decided to pick up the flecks of purple in the Spread Your Wings colorway and do varying shades of purple going from light to dark down the back.
Boardwalk test knit
I enjoying doing a few test knits a year. It’s fun to see the process for designers and I always enjoy helping making a pattern clearer. Plus I get a sneak peek at what’s coming down the pipeline! I’m actually working on another test knit right now for a different designer that will be released in August so you’ll see more secret projects soon! Does anyone else enjoy test knitting?

FO: Speckled Dotted Rays

I finished my secret test knit last week and immediately picked back up my Dotted Rays shawl because my office is freezing one day and hot and humid the next. I needed something good to wrap up in at my desk and this is definitely what I wanted.
Dotted rays
I said before that I attempted to make this shawl in the fingering weight version but didn’t love the tiny yarn or the color combo I started with so I frogged it. But as with most West Knits patterns I knew I could make this in a heavier weight so I opted to make the dk weight version instead and do it in a solid color throughout so I’d have a more neutral wrap to go with my colorful wardrobe. And to say this wrap is huge is an understatement. I never measure things (I’m so horrible at those final details) but it’s definitely taller than I am and it’s great for snuggling up in.
Dotted rays
I used about 900 yards of Madelinetosh DK Twist in Cosmic silver, one of my favorite colorways. I love that it’s a soft and pretty grey but has all these great fleck of color running throughout it. It’s a very subtle rainbow and I can’t resist a rainbow.
Dotted rays
This is a great project for working on in between other projects. It’s easy garter stitch with a repeatable pattern and it’s hard to mess it up. Just the kind of mindless thing you need sometimes. I even worked on it on Saturday at the movie theater.
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I treated myself to Life of the Party on Saturday, I needed to get out of the house after a week of rain and my husband being on travel again. The seat next to me was empty and our theater has those great reclining seats so I threw my project bag in the seat next to me, kicked my feet up and knit through the entire movie. I’m always torn about Melissa McCarthy movies. I think she’s hilarious but I always feel like her movies fall just a little flat, but I laughed and almost finished my shawl in the theater. So it was a win for me.
Dotted rays
And now I’m on to summer knitting!! I already started my cotton version of the Durumi sweater and started my colorwork row over 3 times yesterday BUT I started it. And I think it’s going to be a super fast knit. Add in that Thursday is my 15th wedding anniversary and my husband and I are taking off to have an extra long weekend together of good restaurants, movies and adventures and I’m already pumped for my weekend to begin! So what’s new that you’re working on?