Stitching Status: Color Inspiration

I’ve talked about my love of color here extensively but what I haven’t talked about is my fear of colorwork. Stranded, fair isle, intarsia…it’s all greek to me but as I see more and more colorful patterns I love I am realizing I need to get over my fears and get to learning!

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Left image via Vogue.com and Right image via Ravelry.com

On the left is a lovely knit suit from the Prada Fall 2017 Ready to Wear Collection. I saw another version of it in one of the September issues and it made me remember the Ravelry pattern on the right. The Shuffle Kimono and the Sunset Sails Jacket are both free patterns from Rowan that fill my color loving heart with joy and my knitting hands with fear. But this is my ultimate knit that will take some time to work up to but I’ve promised myself it will get knit.

Do any of you have knitting fears? Or projects you’re waiting until you’ve perfected a technique?

FO: The Pink Professor

I’ve been using the Summer of Basics Makealong to propel my fall knitting for myself forward. Unfortunately I’ve been a little too excited about my knitting to sew up my dress but I will get there…eventually. In the meantime, how about another finished knit? The Pink Professor is off my needles, blocked and ready to become a wardrobe staple this year. And funny fact, although I am an adjunct professor I hardly ever wear a wool sweater in my classroom because it’s insanely hot. I’ll die of a heat stroke, so I typically teach in light layers.
The Pink Professor
And now on to the details…first I have to say that I love a lot of yarn but Madelinetosh is by far a favorite brand. Her colors are just out of this world and speak to me. Whenever she has a sale or I have the opportunity to get a sweater quantity at a discount (yarn.com is a particularly favorite site of mine) I jump at the chance. Knitting with good quality yarn makes such a difference and it makes you want to pick your needles up and knit on forever.
Pink Professor progress
These are the last stages of the sweater since I posted about my process on sweater knitting. I moved quickly with this one just because it was such great yarn to work with.
The Pink Professor
I’m working on understanding short row shaping more and I figured the only way I could truly learn is to incorporate it in things I knit so I did it with a shawl collar this time. I’ve done it before but always find my collars don’t fold as well as I want, they’re just not as thick Β and deep (like how well the collar flips on my Royally Striped cardigan) as I always hope they’ll be when I’m finished. But it does look good on when it isn’t flipped down so I don’t mind the finished project but that just means I have to keep on testing and learning to get exactly what I want.
The Pink Professor
I also decided to add a faux seam detail to the sweater. It was such a simple and plain cardigan that I was trying to add little bits of detail here and there and this was simple a garter stitch stripe that runs down the side seam.
The Pink Professor
And once it was finished and blocked I really felt like it needed something else, so I added in an afterthought pocket. I had originally planned to make a pocket and then said no once I finished. But then I realized I only used 5 skeins of the 7 I had (just 1,000 yards) and used them up almost completely. And then I thought well I’ve got the yarn left…so I wound up another ball and whipped up two small pockets to add to the front. I tried to place them in the same spot on both ends and felt like I could’ve added them slightly further back but also didn’t want to get to close to the seam. Either way it’s nice to have something to throw my phone into or my hands into on a particularly chilly day. Pockets are always a good choice, right?
Pink Professor planning
The other thing I’m super proud of is that I sketched this out and essentially made what I sketched. I wanted something with a bit of ease, super simple in structure and shape and with pockets. I’m always amazed that I can sketch something out and then make it a reality.
The Pink Professor
That’s the thing about knitting that I love so much, I can actually make clothes with my two hands. And I’ve finally gotten better at reading my swatch to determine length and ease so my sleeves hit me in just the right place! Sometimes they can be a bit short or way too long. I have enough ease in this to wear something underneath and it’s not too fitted in the sleeves, I wanted to make sure I had room to layer under this. I am super proud and when I make things like this with great success I just want to make more and more…and so I will. And on another note…I’ve been playing with the idea of doing a video podcast, to show more of my knitting and things in progress and talk about yarns and stuff that I just don’t do here. Would you be interested? Would you watch? Let me know so I can make a decision on what to do next!

FO: A Lovely Teazel Rainbow

I have a thing for rainbows. You’ve seen my Rainbow Madigan and my Louise Cardigan with the rainbow ribbing. Rainbows bring me so much joy. So you knew when I found this rainbow yarn I was going to wait until I figured out exactly what project it would be perfect to pair with. It took me a bit of time…and then I remembered how much I loved my original Teazel cardigan and decided this would be the perfect project to make again. I was right.
Rainbow Teazel
I love all my projects but I’ve realized if it’s green or a rainbow I’m head over heels in love with it. I. Love. This. Sweater. My Rainbow Teazel Cardigan.
Rainbow Teazel
I don’t know if you can tell how giddy I am in these pics but I am. As soon as it was dry I wore it to work the next day. The yarn is Cascade Casablanca which has been discontinued (why do all the yarns I love get discontinued?!) and is a mix of wool, silk and goat mohair. I worked this cardigan up on size 10 needles so it’s not a heavy fabric and I was able to wear this to work in my freezing office and feel comfortable all day. I even wore it outside while it was muggy and wasn’t sweating and hot.
Rainbow Teazel
In order to keep my rainbow in the same order I had to sometimes cut down a ball of yarn to the last color I was working with but I ended up using almost every piece of yarn I cut from the skeins in the body of this sweater. Since it’s a top down sweater I knew once I went back to knit the arms they wouldn’t have small stripes but I don’t mind the wider stripes going down the arms. And in the pattern the only modification I made was to make the arm decreases every 4 rows instead of 8 because it called for 19 inches of sleeves and I’ve only got about 16 inches of arm. Plus I prefer a bracelet length sleeve for my sweaters.
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One of my favorite details is the neckband. I love how the rainbow plays out so you get all the colors around the neck. It’s such a beautiful and happy little sweater. And with the mix of silk and wool it has this great drape that I didn’t get on my heavier cotton version.
Rainbow Teazel
This one can really give you a good twirl. I’m counting this as part of the Summer of Basics Makealong but I’m laughing because whenever I look at the feed everyone’s basics are neutrals (grey, black, tan…) and I’ll pop into the feed with ALL the colors. LOL But it wouldn’t be me or a piece that really fit into my wardrobe if I didn’t make what makes me happy and color makes me deliriously happy. Besides, this sweater already coordinates with at least 4 pairs of pants and 5 skirts in my closet. Folks in my office will see this one a lot and I already got a ton of compliments on it when I wore it.

I’m really loving how Bristol Ivy puts her patterns together. They’re cleverly constructed with interesting details to keep you interested in the knit. I have a couple more of her patterns in my queue to work on next. But I don’t know if I’ll make a knit that’s quite as happy as this one. It just makes me smile. And isn’t that what a good knit is all about?