FO: I Found My Fade

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.
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
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: 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)?
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.
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
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?

FO: Merry Christmas Mom

I wanted to end this week on a high note with a favorite project from 2016. I’ve got a bunch of my December FO’s to share and this one is just too good to wait any longer. It’s the Christmas sweater I knit for my Mom.
Christmas Eve
I originally said I was going to make my Mom this two color cardigan using the Miss Babs Yowza in Ghoulish with a Neighborhood Fiber Co. skein of Georgetown that was a bright blue. Then I randomly picked up this insanely bright skein of Periwinkle Sheep Watercolors sock yarn in a gorgeous cobalt thinking maybe one day I’d knit my Mom a pair of socks. And then I saw the pattern for a_simmetrie and it needed dk and fingering weight yarn and I knew I had to make this sweater for my Mom. Also, is she not the cutest? We took these pics on Christmas Eve so she could send out a holiday card.

A sweater for mom
This was my Mom wearing the sweater immediately after I gave it to her on my Dad’s birthday.

This pattern was really interesting and the construction was completely different so I took my time to knit this one. It was about 6 weeks of knitting for me because I only ever knit it at home. Since I had my two huge skeins of Miss Babs Yowza I decided to knit the identical front and back pieces two at a time on a really long needle. I didn’t have to add a single ball of yarn, one skein of each was enough for each piece.
A sweater for mom
The fingering weight yarn (the blue) is what joins the front and back pieces together. I had to really read the instructions a couple of times each to make sure I got it but once you start you realize who clever this pattern really is. You also really have to get gauge on this one or your color stripe will not lay flat. I had a slight bit of buckling on the back panel because of how many stitches I picked up but it worked itself out when I blocked it.
A sweater for mom
My favorite detail that was a bit of a pain to do was the pop of color on the inside of the arm bands. How great is this little detail? The same detail is also on the bottom hem but it’s a little trickier to do in the round on smaller needles but I just took my time and was patient to make sure it worked out. I also shorted the sleeves just slightly and they turned out to be the perfect bracelet length for my Mom. We’re both short and hate how some sweater sleeves are just too long for us.
A sweater for mom
This sweater really was great but it just took me longer than my normal project. I can see making one for myself somewhere down the road. Perhaps over the summer so I have it ready for the first chilly days of next fall? I really do love how it drapes and hangs. This was such a creative knit and the color combinations are endless.
Christmas Eve
But in the end, for me it’s always about making something special for someone I love. And the fact that she loves it as much as I loved making it for her makes this an even better project.

Did any of you do any special knits for the holidays? Share!