Test Knit: La Briohème cardigan

I know, I know. I start a knitalong and then take on a test knit in between but that’s also the reason why I don’t have a deadline on the knitalong – we all get distracted! And this time I was distracted by a really good project, the La Briohème cardigan by Knit Graffiti (my Ravelry project page).
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Let’s consider this my virtual Rhinebeck sweater because if I was going this weekend (I am not) I would totally be wearing this. I jumped on the chance to test knit this one for a couple of reasons – I love brioche and have wanted a brioche cardigan that wasn’t completely brioche and overwhelmingly hot, I like Knit Graffiti’s patterns so I was happy to test knit AND I had the yarn I needed in my stash. It was a perfect storm. Since brioche knitting is double sided it creates a super warm fabric. To have a full brioche sweater would be a bit suffocatingly warm, I think, but this is a perfect balance.
La Brioheme
The closest I could get to you seeing the true vividness of this color was to try and photograph this in the shade. I used Knit Picks Mighty Stitch worsted in the color Conch (a really vivid coral – and all Mighty Stitch is on sale for the month of October) and Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in Clue Board from 1985, a wonderful mix of blues, greens, corals and pinks. I pulled this color combo together by chance. I was putting yarn combos together with the quantities I needed and seeing what worked. I loved the brightness and I love blues and peaches together so I went with it. It’s got orange, blue, green, pink…all the colors I like to wear. And the Mighty Stitch yarn is so soft and cozy ya’ll. Added bonus, I blocked this by putting it in the washing machine on gentle cycle with cold water and it held up beautifully. I know some people absolutely hate yarns with acrylic in them like Mighty Stitch but it’s affordable and perfect for my climate. In short, knit with what you love and forget what anyone else says. Okay, back to the sweater.
La Brioheme
I will admit, it isn’t a perfectly executed knit on my part. I made a couple of mistakes with my brioche but honestly that was my fault for working when I was getting sleepy, or drinking a little wine, or because a dog stepped on my stitches and that created a bit of a mess. But with brioche I feel like it hides those tiny mistakes and still looks pretty awesome. Also, how else would you know it was hand knit if it didn’t have a mistake or two? It’s still good enough for me to wear and wear it I will!
La Brioheme
And if you’re curious here is the entire look, pretty typical layers for this time of year. And of course I pair a bright sweater with bright pants and metallic shoes (they’re Bryr clogs, Sophie with the kilt in rose gold). But I can also throw this on with jeans or a skirt too. It’ll be a fun pop in my wardrobe. So anyone else interested in giving this knit a try? I can already see myself making a darker version in grey with neon brioche!

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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?

FO: Friday’s & Madness

It’s Friday!
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I can’t believe April is almost over! But if May means we get warmer temps I’m happy for time to keep speeding on by me. I’m totally ready for summer and I’m ready to start more cotton colorowork projects. I realized I finished another Madness hat (remember my first one for practice that I gave to my friend Jess) but hadn’t shared this hat because it’s been grey and dreary so I haven’t taken any real pictures…but I’ll share anyway.
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I bought a new spring/fall coat to replace a beloved bright green and blue plaid coat. I love Boden’s Waterproof Mac, they’re lined, have detachable hoods and have carried me into January when the weather is mild and then carry me through spring’s rainy and cold days. But my green and blue plaid version was showing some wear and tear and they had a 40% off sale so I decided to buy a new bold grey and white polka dot version at the best price point. That also meant I needed a new hat. After hemming and hawing and going back and forth on what color palette I wanted with the coat I ended making another Madness Hat. I used up using a little bit of the sparkly grey Tempting Ewe Sparkly DK and some leftover Madelinetosh Twist DK in Snowcone Shack that I used in this sweater.
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I prefer the side where the colorful yarn is more dominant than the sparkle. But hey, whatever mood I’m in is the side I can wear. That’s the beauty of brioche. Also if you’re interested in the Madness Hat pattern it’s intended for bulky weight but I’ve actually made it with worsted weight and now  this dk weight version. A few people said they felt it was big with bulky weight so I just took it down a needle size and yarn weight and it’s a closer fit for sure. Maybe once the skies clear up I’ll get pics of me wearing my hat and my coat.