Stitching Status: Preparing for Fall

Fall is coming. I can feel it in the air.
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Mornings are getting crisper. Cher has been snuggling deeper and deeper into her blankets. I pulled out my fall/winter clothes to transition my closet and said hello to all my yummy sweaters I packed away in the spring. Over the last few months I’ve been knitting away for myself. It started with a Happy Little Sweater, then my charcoal grey Trail Jacket and then my Four Color Fable. I took a break and did some summer knitting but then dove into my super fun Technicolor Dream Coat (I’m dying to wear that a lot), then my rainbow Teazel, then the Pink Professor, then my Angelina and lastly my Mint Madness. I’m building a warm wardrobe that I love. But that also means putting other projects to the side and sometimes I feel a slight pang of guilt but then I remind myself that they’re my two hands and my yarn budget…so I’m not obligated to make anything except for what I want right now. A little harsh but so true. I have a few child sized things and toys I want to make for friends for fall but I accidentally stumbled upon this awesome yarn pairing that distracted me from that.
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Madelinetosh Neon Peach – top, Miss Babs Yowza in Oyster – bottom left (as seen in this cardigan) and Madelinetosh Snowcone Shack – bottom right. I was saving these for other projects and somehow I picked up Snowcone Shack and thought, if I could blend this with Neon Peach it would be awesome! So I weighed what I had of each and decided to do another improvised top down raglan. I started knitting and realized there was one more color I could pull from my stash to add to this – the remainder of my mint yarn leftover from Mint Madness! And that’s how I ended up here.
Faded raglan in progress
It’s such a pretty blend of colors. I know it’s a super soft palette and very neutral up top but when I finish it with the Neon Peach it will feel like a DWJ knit. The neutral helps balance the neon that’s coming. It’s not a super fitted sweater so it has a touch of ease to it that I think will make it an awesome throw on pullover with jeans or skinny pants if I wear it to work. When I get excited I just don’t want to stop knitting! Now if it would just get a little bit cooler so I can just wear cardigans in the morning I’d be happier. What are you making to get yourself ready for fall?

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Little Things & Lots of Color

There are lots of little things I’ve been loving lately that I thought I’d share. I mentioned the other day that I won one of the extra prices in the Summer of Basics Makealong for making Jellybean a tiny Angelina pullover to match mine. Well, I got to pick a field bag in the color of my choice (I love my field bag but the first versions just came in plain canvas) so of course I chose the bright cobalt blue. When it arrived I thought it was only fitting to put Jellybean in her sweater and pop her in the field bag.
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She’s so tiny and so cute that I have to share that silliness with everyone else. You’re welcome.
I’ve also been pouring over the latest issue of Pom Pom QuarterlyPom Pom Quarterly, I recommend grabbing a digital copy or ordering a paper copy. I’m obsessed with a couple of sweaters (I can see myself knitting this one for myself after the holidays). But there was a column by Anna Matlz and illustration by Amy Blackwell that just got me.
Loud Slow Fashion
Anna wrote about the slow fashion movement but touched on something about the movement that has felt a bit off-putting to me. Whenever we talk about fashion, style or basics it’s about neutrals like gray, white, camel and black. Those are the colors I have the least of in my wardrobe. So even when I posted pics for the Summer of Basics Makealong it was obvious that I stuck out like a sore thumb with my rainbow cardigan contrasting against a lot of neutrals. And don’t get me wrong, if neutrals are your thing, rock on (my BFF Jess lives in black but I always put her in color). It’s just not me. Here’s one quote I loved (it was full of many):

I wholeheartedly agree with the growing call for respectful and conscientious consumerism…However I cannot get on board with the dominant approach to achieving such a wardrobe. You see, when I hear terms like ‘neutrals’, ‘classic’, ‘timeless’, ‘chic’, ‘staples’ or ‘basics’ I start to squirm with ornery conviction…

She leans more towards the colorful and unique to fill her wardrobe much like I do and I felt like someone got how I feel about color being a vital part of a wardrobe.
Loud Slow Fashion
These are some of my favorites I’ve made for myself and they get worn repeatedly. Why? Because the color makes me happy whenever I put them on and isn’t that what it’s all about? I think I’m going to have to start using the hashtag #loudslowfashion moving forward.
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And the really dope illustration on the article was by Amy Blackwell. Of course I wanted to see more of her colorful work and that lead me to her website where I bought one of these hand painted sweater brooches! How adorable is this? I can’t wait to pin it on one of my many winter coats.

So those are the little things that I’m obsessed with lately. Have any of you grabbed that copy of Pom Pom Quarterly? What do you think about color as a neutral?

FO: Mint Madness

Last week was a little rough, I got hit out of the blue with a nasty virus and was down for the count for the entire week and into the weekend. Fortunately in between naps and dog snuggles I was plugging away on my latest finished object, the one I’m calling Mint Madness.
Mint Madness
This started as a sketch and a way to mix up some yarns I already had.
Mint madness sketch
You may remember when I went to Neighborhood Fiber Co for a dye workshop and I made this very pretty mint yarn…well I still hadn’t made anything with it. When I popped over to Fibre Space a few weeks ago I saw this limited edition colorway from Neighborhood Fibre Co. called Swoon. My brain said this is the bridge color I needed because I also had a gorgeous stash of their vibrant cobalt shade, Georgetown. Mint, flecks of cobalt and a little bit of bright yellow and I was good to go!
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After my last saddle shoulder sweater I wanted to make another one just to work on my technique. This one isn’t perfect but I still love the end results. I’ve got to work on picking up my armhole stitches a bit better but hey, that’s why you keep on practicing. And with Cher asleep on one side and Jellybean constantly tangled up in my work, I’d knit in between naps and doses of medicine.
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And in the end, I got a cozy open cardigan for fall, that I’ve already worn to walk the dogs in the morning.
Mint Madness
I decided that I wanted to do a lot of ribbing on the sleeves so I can pull back the cuffs and had a three quarter sweater if I wanted or pull them all the way down to have a cozy cuff that goes a little over the wrist. And I added bright blue pockets for a pop of color and because every sweater is made better with pockets. To make the pockets I held stitches back at my desired point and then cast on the same number to keep knitting across. Once I got to my desired body length I knit the pockets and then knit those stitches to the body and then seamed the sides once I was finished.
Mint Madness
I also went back and forth on whether or not there would be buttons but I just didn’t think buttons would work with everything else I had going on. So I skipped them and I’m glad I did. This is really one of those pieces I want to throw on whether it’s over jeans and a t-shirt or a dress. So now I’m almost over my cold and I’ve got a cozy sweater perfect for cool fall mornings. I’m pretty happy.