Stitching Status: Acid Rain

Despite being a little under the weather lately (I can’t tell if it’s allergies or a cold) I’ve been in a really good mood. Work is the same and nothing special has really happened but I’ve just been happy and I’m not complaining about that. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been working with one of my favorite yarns lately?
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I could write a love letter to Madelinetosh and all of her amazing colorways. One of my favorites it ‘Clap Your Hands,’ this is it in DK weight and you may remember it from my Under the Graffiti Bridge cardigan. It’s like a beautiful rainbow that’s a little gritty and dirty. I love this color. I want to be a yarn dyer that’s as awesome as Madelinetosh is to me.
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I’m working on another The Rain Outside shawl (view my first and second) as a gift for a friend and decided to use Clap Your Hands as the main color and a matte black of Berroco Weekend in DK weight. I’m loving the contrast.
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The black is so strong against the white/rainbow and the lace panels are all black. I’m contemplating doing the last panel is a super bright pink but I think I may just leave it as is. I always fear I don’t have enough of the contrast color but it’s making it’s way to the end. I have to trust myself more and stop worrying. I’m so excited to get this one off my needles (should be finished over the weekend)…
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If I could just get Cher to stop sitting on it. We shall see. Have a great weekend!

Stitching Status: Preparing for Snow

They’re saying we’re finally getting snow this year and it waited for when I’m on spring break from teaching. Thanks, Mother Nature. It’s fine, I’m not traveling and we actually got my cousin a ticket to come fly out from Chicago to see us on Wednesday so she’ll be flying in after the snow is supposed to hit us. Unfortunately she was hoping to escape Chicago’s cold for DC’s milder temperatures…that’s not going to happen. Oh well. So what will I be working on if I get a snow day tomorrow (finger’s crossed)?
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Remember my Seagrass cardigan? I’m working on a two color version for my sister Anne. I’m using that lovely sparkly Tempting Ewe yarn I picked up at the Sheep and Wool Festival last year. I had ideas for something for myself but the sparkle screams my sister Anne. Plus since it’s already March and spring is supposed to be on the way I figured I would make her a short sleeved sweater for this transitional time of year. It’ll be a nice layering piece.
Sea grass cardigan
Here’s a back view of my version. I’m using the pink/purple yarn color for the ribbing at the back waste, the garter stitch trim at the bottom and the collar. If I have enough of it I’ll also add a touch of color to the ribbing on the sleeves. We shall see. I had to put it down last night after I missed a stitch twice on the lace and had to go back a full row. Sometimes my eyes need to focus on something else so I picked up my Find Your Fade Shawl.
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I’ve added my fifth color since I took this picture but I don’t have enough of the bright blue yarn to do a full pattern repeat so I’m going to be adding in my sixth color soon! I’m using the leftover Periwinkle Sheep yarns bright sapphire blue from my Mom’s sweater I made her for Christmas. I wanted to incorporated that yarn into my fade but knew I wouldn’t have the full yardage I needed but I think the pop of color will still look really good. I can’t tell you how much I love making this shawl. It’s a good piece to pick up in between other projects. I’m sure I’ll make another one in the future for someone else. And in non-knitting related news I’ve been working on getting the dogs to take better selfies. LOL
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Clearly this is time well spent. I just crack up because they always look at me. But they’re cute memories to have on my phone.

What are you working on currently?

Stitching Status: A Textured Test Knit

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I posted this time lapsed video on Instagram on Saturday. I’ve been working on a test knit for Alicia Plummer for the last 10 days and I’ve just got 20 rows of ribbing on my last sleeve and it will be blocked. She posted this pic on Instagram asking for test knitters and I had the time and the yarn so I volunteered.
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I decided to do this test knit because it was a pattern that my sister would love. A mock neck sweater with some interesting texture on the shoulders. It’s a simple 1/1 cable pattern but it’s turning out nicely. I just don’t love cables but this isn’t so complex that it’s turning me off but I really should learn how to cable without the cable needle. I do realize though that I’m horrible about reading my pattern to know when to adjust the pattern, so one sleeve the pattern moves ever so slightly and the other sleeve is pretty perfect. Only I will be able to tell so I’m not bothered by the imperfection.
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I knew I was knitting this with my sister Helen in mind so I purposefully knit it in a lovely heathered purple (it’s Knit Picks Swish Worsted) so that I wouldn’t want to keep it for myself. I don’t have a  lot of neck so I tend to not gravitate towards turtlenecks of mock necks but she loves them. She saw the teaser pics on my Instagram stories with this yarn and told me she was hoping it was something for her. She was right. Now if I knit this in a lovely shade of green all bets would be off on whether she would be getting it. I will probably make this again but omit the mock neck and just let it have a nice v neck. My only sadness is that this was the warmest February on record in the DC area so she’ll have to pack it away and wear it next winter.

Does anyone else ever test knit? This is only my second time volunteering but it’s a fun way to see the design process early on.