FO: Glass Ceiling Test Knit

I’ve got another finished object for you! I’m on fire lately. This is a test knit I volunteered to do for one of my favorite designers, Heidi Kirrmaier. She just released the pattern this week, Glass Ceiling and here’s my Ravelry page with all the yarny details.
Glass Ceiling Test Knit
I think 2018 has been my year of stranded colorwork. I’ve been all about it this year, haven’t I? I wanted to volunteer for this one because I like how she writes her patterns and I loved the modern look of the colorwork on this one. And when I thought about the color palette I wanted to use, I went back to my rainbow inspiration I shared earlier this year. Remember this leash and harness?
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I used it as the color inspiration for this sweater! I don’t typically do a lot of white (I tend to spill) and when I do I don’t like white ribbing because inevitably I’ll get my brown makeup on it. So I prefer to do a contrasting neckline and cuffs, so I went for the black and white and used the other colors to build my rainbow.
Glass Ceiling Test Knit
Now Jellybean and I can totally coordinate on our walks. LOL But I loved the color palette so much in the harness and leash I knew I needed to translate it into something for myself and this was kind of perfect. I used Berroco Vintage DK in Snow White for the main body color and then used a bunch of different Hikoo Simplicity yarns for the color. From top to bottom it goes True red, Gypsy Red (I say red-orange), Hot Pink, Orchid, Purple and a lovely Cobalt Blue.
Glass Ceiling Test Knit
The Berroco Vintage DK is nice and light, not too wooly and all of this mixed together makes such a soft sweater. I have a feeling I’ll wear this one a lot…as long as I don’t spill anything on it.

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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.

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!