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!

Stitching Status: Finding My Fade

I got bit by the bug, the art of peer pressure, I wanted to be one of the cool kids…I’m making a Find Your Fade shawl.
Finding my fade
I know, I am not typically a shawl knitter. I do not enjoy knitting things on a needle smaller than a 5 but this shawl has got me. Mind you I’m finishing a test knit sweater and working on things for others but the pattern is easy to memorize so when I need a break or something mindless I’ve been pulling out my fade.
Finding my fade
I think once I started seeing the #FindYourFadeShawl popping up on Instagram and all the gorgeous color combos I knew I had to jump in. The pattern has gauge listed with size 4’s but I actually got my gauge on a size 6 needle, so it doesn’t make it so bad. It’s a super soothing knit.
Finding my fade
I added my third of seven colors during the finale of How to Get Away with Murder last night and I’m so excited to add the next color. Building the fade of color is what makes it such a fun knit. You want to get to your next color. So far I’ve added Madelinetosh in Edison Bulb, Hedgehog Fibres in Genie (middle) and Fly (bottom). My next color is a multicolored grey and then I get into blues and deep pinks!! This may take me a bit of time just because it’s not my main project but it sure does make me excited to work on. So is anyone else finding their fade?! Share your project pages in the comments if you are, I want to see!

FO: Entwine Cowl

I told you this week was all about the smaller projects I’ve been able to complete in between working on my holiday sweater knitting (which I finished last night and absolutely LOVE).
Entwine cowl
I wanted a nice warm and cozy scarf to add to my winter wardrobe and I had the Entwine scarf from the Within Knits book but I really don’t like fringe or long scarves so I decided to take the same stitch pattern and turn it into the Entwine¬†Cowl instead. I picked up some lovely Madelinetosh ASAP in the same color as the hat I made for my friend Salina in September. It looks completely different on super bulky yarn but is still a beautiful colorway. I thought it would be a nice contrast against my Green Monster hat and I have enough left over that I want to whip up a quick cowl for Salina to match her hat.
Entwine cowl
I made this cowl super long so I can actually wrap it around myself three times for a nice warm and cozy piece around my neck when the wind is whipping.

So now that I’ve finished my Mom’s sweater for Christmas I’ve still got other sweaters I want to work on next. My goal is to whip up a NY Giants colored sweater for my husband before the big game on New Year’s Day – keep your fingers crossed for me. If I start it today I should have enough time to get it going since I’ll have a few days off for the holiday. And speaking of the holiday, all next week I’m sharing my favorite projects of the year so there will still be stuff for you to read when you’re a bit bored. So what holiday knitting have you finished?! Share!