FO: A Trio of Rainbow Tecumsehs

This might be the happiest trio of knits I’ve made to date. I love a good rainbow and I love my dogs so when I combined dogs, rainbows and hand knits I knew it would be a great combo. I’m happy to say I completed my trio of Tecumseh sweaters and couldn’t be happier. And let me say that taking pictures of dogs is sooooo hard. LOL
Rainbow Tecumsehs
First up, let’s talk about my Rainbow Tecumseh sweater. After knitting my cotton version I knew I wanted the body of my next Tecumseh sweater to be longer. I also thought it would be fun to make the pattern into a rainbow. I ended up settling with the body in a lovely navy blue Miss Babs Yowza in McHales. If you haven’t used Yowza you really should give it a try, I love how soft it is and that you can machine wash it. I was able to knit all the way to the end of the dark purple colorwork before my skein of Yowza ended. I love gigantic skeins of yarn. And for the rainbow I used the following colors:

  • Red: Berroco Vintage DK Sour Cherry
  • Orange: Berroco Vintage DK Orange
  • Yellow: Berroco Vintage DK Banane
  • Green: Berroco Vintage DK Holly
  • Blue: Berroco Vintage DK Blue Note
  • Indigo/Purple: Simplicity by Hikoo in Red Hat Purple
  • Violet: Berroco Vintage DK Aster
  • White: Berroco Vintage DK Snow Day

Rainbow TecumsehsI was unsure how I was going to keep the rainbow going to extend it but I swapped out the lavender I was originally going to use for a deeper purple in my stash and then went with lavender and white for the final colors. I couldn’t be happier. I also knit this sweater in a medium this time around, which is closer to my natural bust size so I wouldn’t have a sweater with a ton of ease. And for the dog versions I broke the rainbows in half. You saw the details on Jellybean’s  Tecumseh last week.
Rainbow Tecumsehs
For Cher’s I decided to go with red for the main color of her sweater, I was going to do the pale yellow but wanted a bolder pop for her sweater. She wasn’t super interested in taking photos even after giving her treats so that’s why you see her resting her head on my arms. My sweet girl is 14 years old and likes things her way and I don’t like to fuss with her too much. With age, she’s earned that right.
Rainbow Tecumsehs
But to my surprise I turned around and she was sitting nicely with Jellybean posing in her sweater so I got to snap a few pics. I love these little dogs so much.
Rainbow Tecumsehs
And Jellybean, well she’s always down for photos and snuggles. I sent my husband these pics and he said this should just be our Christmas card without him! LOL But I’m working on something for him for winter that will probably be what he wears for our holiday pics. I couldn’t be more tickled by these sweaters and I love seeing what color combos everyone else is coming up with in our Raverly group too! Come and join in on the Tecumseh fun!

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Inspired by Rainbows

It’s one of my favorite times of year, September issue season! Magazines thick with fashion inspiration to help me plan updates to my wardrobe and inspire my knitting. Honestly, September issues are probably the only time of year I really read magazines anymore but I love this burst of inspiration they give me. And I’m already excited because color is everywhere and I keep seeing rainbows!

Sweater inspiration
Glamour Magazine Cover September 2018

Tiffany Haddish is on the cover of Glamour magazine wearing an awesome rainbow sweater from ASOS that I totally plan to use as inspiration.  I also learned from her quick interview in O Magazine that her secret talent is that she knits! I was so excited by that! I also go inspiration from a completely unexpected source…a dog leash and harness.
Dog leash
I always get Zee dog leashes and harnesses for the girls because I love their fun prints and colors. And the moment I saw their new Primsa print I knew I had to order it. And I already planned on making two rainbow sweaters this year. I want to make my wool Tecumseh sweater I plan on starting in September with a rainbow color palette! And then use the leftover rainbow yarn from that project to make myself a cardigan. But now I want to add some black and white stripes in there like Jellybean’s leash! I didn’t expect to see all these rainbows and get excited but now I’m itching to start my next knitting project. What’s inspiring your knitting and knitting color palettes?