FO: Purple Rain

For the last few years the first project of the year I finish is typically something for my cousin Safia in Chicago. We also send her an after Christmas/Kwanzaa box filled with gifts and something handmade, we’ve been doing this with her since she went to college. Last year it was her red Lila Winter sweater. The year before that was her pretty pink raglan sweater. This year when I asked her if she had any requests she told me she’d like a nice wrap or big scarf she could use for when she’s cold at work. I immediately thought about the Rain Outside.
December FO
I’ve knit this shawl four times now (shawls #1, #2 and #3)! Clearly this is a favorite pattern. And in the back of my mind I knew I wanted to use this variegated yarn that went from orange to pink to dark purple that I bought the very first time we went to Chicago to visit Safia.
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I lost the label a while ago and the yarn shop has since closed but I knew that Chicago yarn had to be a part of her shawl, I had 400 yards. But what to contrast it with? Well Periwinkle Sheep yarn had an awesome Black Friday sale and I picked up this gorgeous purple dk yarn, Safia’s favorite color. I love Periwinkle Sheep for her really vivid and true dye colors, just gorgeous. (Periwinkle is the bright blue yarn I used for my Mom’s Christmas sweater last year)
Purple Rain
I didn’t know how this yarn blend was going to work out but man this is vibrant and fun. Pictures honestly don’t do it justice.
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And now it is being delivered to its new owner in Chicago…even though it was so lovely I wanted to keep it for myself. But purple and orange aren’t my colors, so I happily gave it away. I can’t wait to see her wearing it.

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Stitching Status: Distractions

I typically plan out what I’d like to knit each month in my head and for the most part, what I want to do gets executed. Things that I can’t complete get moved to the next month’s goals but this month I’ve been distracted in so many ways. First with my Aunt being ill and wanting to make her something.
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I decided to go with the Bermondsey cardigan just because it’s so easy to work up and I know what to expect. I cast on Thursday and don’t have much longer to go on the body. And I had some down time to myself this weekend and could’ve knocked it out but the color palette (my Aunt’s favorite color is green but she wears a ton of grey and black so I’m giving her all of that) and the monotony of this knit made me decide on something completely out of left field…I cast on a fingering weight yarn shawl.

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WWWWWHAT?!

This is Jellybean’s ‘WHAT??!!’ face. LOL
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I’ve had the Dotted Rays pattern in my library for a while. I usually pick up favorites when a designer has a sale and I like that this one can be done in fingering up to worsted weight but I actually chose to make it in fingering weight since I love my Find Your Fade shawl so much and how light it is when I wear it. Plus there are so many gorgeous finished objects and I’ve been dying to cast on with this Perwinkle Sheep yarns in Hot Mama (that hot pink) and the multicolored yarn is Manos del Uruguay in Alegria in Candombe that I bought in New Orleans last year – it was time to use it.

Then add to my ever growing list I saw this test call on Instagram for this sweater that I loved when Samantha made it for a knit-a-long so I volunteered to test knit. Fortunately she doesn’t need a finished object until Dec. 1 but man I’ve still got that sweater I want to knit my sister for her birthday next month. Clearly the shawl will be picked up when I need to change things up a bit but I’ve got a lot of knitting distractions happening right now.

What about you, what you are working on?

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.
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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!