Preparing for a Make-along

I mentioned the other day I got my sewing stuff ready for the Summer of Basics Make-along Karen is hosting on her blog starting June 1. It got me thinking about the things I want to add to my wardrobe and what I want to make for myself. When I knit something I want to love it while I’m making it because I know I’ll love it even more when I’m wearing it. And let’s be honest, what I will pick in terms of color palette and even pieces to make aren’t what many consider basic but are basic to me and would be worn frequently. So I already said in terms of sewing I want to make the Willow Dress and I may even make a Willow Tank as well. I love layering tops and cardigans with jeans, slacks or pencil skits. That’s kind of my uniform.
Graffiti bridge cardigan
Add in a printed top, throw on a colorful cardigan and a neutral skirt/bottom. Boom, instant outfit. And if it’s cold, colorful tights. I also love an a line dress and cardigan combo hence why I picked the Willow dress. It’s most like what I would buy. So I think I want to make myself at least one cardigan and of course I’m thinking of doing a crazy one…
Royally Striped by Stephen West via Ravelry
I saw this version of the Royally Striped cardigan by Stephen West on Instagram. And then I also fell in love with this version as well.  I’ve been wanting another cardigan that would be fun and I think this one fits the bill. Plus scroll through all the finished projects on Ravelry – they’re amazing! My brain has been buzzing with color combinations from yarn I already have in my stash. Should I go grey and mint green with a royal blue pop? Or how about a warm brown neutral with some neon peach and bright pink pops?! The possibilities are pretty endless. I’m also going to Maryland Sheep and Wool on Sunday but have decided I’m sticking to a small budget and getting some neutrals to balance out some of my color. No big hauls and hopefully some fun buttons to add to my stash.

I also haven’t figured out what the third piece will be but I think it will be something green since in August I like to knit myself something for my birthday. And whenever I knit with green I’m happy. So is anyone else joining this Make-along? What are you thinking about making? Share!

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In My Queue: So Faded

Over the years I’ve learned to never say never because whenever I do, inevitably I end up doing the thing I never said I’d do. Example: when I was in the 5th grade I had to give a presentation about the state of Massachusetts (we lived in North Carolina at the time) and one of the questions you had to answer was would you ever want to move to the state you’re researching? My response…NEVER. We moved there about a year and a half later. That was just the beginning of a long list of things I’d say never to (drinking coffee, going to the same university that my older sisters went to, getting married…) that ended up happening anyway. So when it comes to knitting I am clear about my preferences but have learned to never say never. Another example, I’ve let friends know of my distaste of fingering weight yarn and small needles and then…
Find Your Fade finished
I used 7 skeins of fingering weight yarn and made my Find Your Fade shawl. I loved this project and was okay with it because it was worked up on size 6 needles. I wear this baby nonstop. So yesterday when I saw the So Faded sweater I was conflicted…

So Faded Sweater via Andrea Mowry on Ravelry
So Faded Sweater via Andrea Mowry on Ravelry

Do I really want to knit a fingering weight yarn sweater? But I love color fading…but I prefer dk weight or worsted. And she worked up a pattern for smaller sizes too! What about the kids in my life?! It’s a simple pattern I’m sure I could work it out myself…but I could just buy it and be done with it. And then I saw: Save 15% off of all my Faded patterns – So Faded, So Faded Pint Sized and Find Your Fade with the coupon code FADED! Sale ends 4/19/2017 at midnight EST! The choice was easy, I bought the pattern and pulled the skeins of fingering weight I have in my stash out and this might be one of my preparing for fall sweaters I make. For some reason I have pretty skeins of green yarn in fingering weight I’ve been stashing and this might turn into a gorgeous green sweater for myself and I don’t even have to buy yarn. I’m a sucker for knitting. And if you were thinking about making the Find Your Fade shawl and haven’t bought the pattern get it while she’s having a sale today!

In My Queue: Summer Staples

Winter barely came and now it’s gone. So that means I’m on to thinking about my spring/summer knits! I’ve been excited thinking about what I want but also trying to strategically think about what I NEED in my wardrobe that I can make for myself. I’ve even been tempted to pull out my sewing machine because all I ever wear is the same a line dress all summer long with a sweater. We shall see. So I thought I’d share what patterns have caught my eye as I plan out my knit series of knitted items for myself.

Rainbow sweater
Rainbow sweater via Free People

I saw this Rainbow Sweater on Free People’s website. It’s happy and cheery but it’s also $200. Nope.
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Instead I popped on over to Fibre Space and picked up several colors of Berroco’s Pima 100 worsted weight yarn and I intend to make an inspired by version of this sweater in short sleeves for summer. I think it’s a saddle shoulder style and I’m been itching to make another one of those so I just might start with an orange saddle on the shoulders and go from there.

Cosette
Cosette via Ravelry

Second on my list is Cosette. This is actually a pattern from the Berroco Pima 100 collection so I could buy more of that yarn but I’m also tempted to buy some of the modal/pima mix yarn on Knit Picks while it’s on sale this month. I love that it’s a simple tee but with a rounded hem. It has a classic look so I could make it in a lovely white or go with a super bright pink or a great yellow. I haven’t made up my mind yet on what color.

Radian Yolk Tee
Radian Yolk Tee via Ravelry

For a little bit of interest, I was thinking about making the Radian Yoke Tee. I think it would be a great basic but with a cool open design at the yoke. Again, also not sure about what color to make this one.

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Myrna cardigan via Ravelry

I always need a cardigan for my sleeveless dresses and I was considering making the Myrna cardigan in white. I need an updated white cardigan for summer and this might be the perfect little option. I was also thinking about making my Sea Grass cardigan again but in all white this time.
Togue Pond #3
And last but not least, what about another Togue Pond tank? You know I love this pattern and it’s a perfect summer top made with Berroco Modern Cotton. So that’s what I’m thinking about for my spring/summer wardrobe. Is anyone else planning too?