FO: Rainbow Askews Me Shawl

I love knitting rainbows. It’s fun to do the color changes and to see how the rainbow will really evolve in the pattern you’ve chosen. They make me smile and I swear I get asked more about what I’m knitting when it’s something super colorful. So after enjoying knitting the last Askews Me Shawl I decided to knit one for myself and with a rainbow yarn.
Rainbow Askews Me Shawl
I saw this fun Lion Brand Mandala yarn in a great rainbow and picked up two skeins. One skein alone has 590 yards so it’s perfect for this shawl, I used almost the entire skein so I got a full rainbow (and a rainbow on the floor as I was photographing it!). I decided to balance my rainbow with a neutral so I finally frogged my Flax cardigan of it’s Cascade 220 Superwash in Doeskin Heather and I think it’s a perfect balance.
Rainbow Askews Me Shawl
This is a great fall scarf and travel wrap. It’s big and cuddly and warm and can really be wrapped around you (or you dog). Below is the right side, although with brioche knitting it’s reversible but by definition this is the right side. The light camel color is the main color but the rainbow still really pops out behind it.
Rainbow Askews Me Shawl
But of  course I love the side where the color is more dominant. I always love the wrong side of brioche. I don’t know why.
Rainbow Askews Me Shawl
Fall starts this week and I’m ready for chilly mornings so I can wear scarves and hats. I’ve even got a lovely yellow hat I’m excited to pair with this scarf, it’ll be such a happy combination. When everyone is on the train wearing black and grey coats I’m always standing out with bright and happy color.
Rainbow Askews Me Shawl
And I think Jellybean thinks this is probably the perfect wrap to go with her banana button down shirt. I just won’t tell her it’s for me.

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NY Times & Knitting

I realized I had this post saved as a draft since July and never shared it! Oops. I thought this was a pretty cool article in the NY Times this summer, How to Start Knitting and Learn to Love it, and thought I should pass it along. I also want to pass along these two images.
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Jellybean in a banana shirt, you’re welcome. This dog loves bananas so much and as quietly as my husband tries to peel them she always hears him and comes running to get a piece. She also managed to get a banana out of his lunchbox one evening, wiggle it out of the bag, take it out of the skin an eat the ENTIRE BANANA. This one is my sneaky little eater.
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And Cher. My sweet senior has taken over a blanket that was a gift for me. Clearly it has my name on it but whenever I turn around she’s wrapped herself up in a sea of blue softness. This weekend we’ve got more light rain coming our way in Maryland (we aren’t in the path of the hurricane but it’s been grey here all week) and I’m hoping to work on my Rainbow Tecumseh. And yesterday I finished off my Rainbow Askews Me Shawl! It’s blocking and hopefully I can get some pics and share it next week. Have a great weekend!

FO: Maddie’s Tutu Top #2

Morgan and the Tutu top
I knew when I made Maddie her Morgan doll that I had to modify the patterns for clothes with the dolls to match clothes I could make for Maddie. If you can match the doll you play with, why not? Her Mom had already told me she wanted me to make her another Tutu top for the summer so I kept that in mind when knitting Morgan’s clothes.
Tutu top
She was so tiny last year!! Maddie was just 3 months onld when I made the first tutu top and it was just the cutest thing ever. It was in the top 3 for my favorite things I knit last year!
Tutu top
This time I was making the 18 month size Tutu top and instead of my standard Caron Simply Soft acrylic blend I went for the Berroco Comfort yarn in a yellow for the main body of the shirt and a rainbow for the ruffle and accents.
Morgan and the Tutu top
The yarn has great stitch definition and is so soft. It’s also washer and dryer friendly – a must whenever I make things for kids. I’m hoping since Maddie wore the last one until she couldn’t anymore, it will be the same for this one. And I’m happy to report that it fits and Maddie and Morgan are the cutest matching duo ever! Note, that I knew Maddie wore red Chucks so I intentionally gave Morgan red lace up sneakers too.
Maddie and Morgan
Now if only I could figure out how to make a doll with two little curly puffs to match Maddie’s I’d be good to go. It’s supposed to be rainy all day tomorrow so I’m going to snuggle on the couch with Cher, binge watch some TV and knit! What do you have planned for the weekend?