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Dreaming Little Drummer Boy Color Combos!

On Monday I released Little Drummer Boy, a baby sweater that uses a mini skein color set from Lorna’s Laces called String Quintet and one of their semi solids in Shepherd Sock.

A Lovely Stranded Colorwork Fabric!

A Lovely Stranded Colorwork Fabric!

There are LOTS of color combinations, and I think a lot of people have a hard time matching 2 colors, much less matching a set of 5 different colors with a color. So I thought I’d take a look at some options!

I went shopping at Jimmy Beans Wool for these options but they are available in lots of shops so take a look around and see what’s out there! Here are some that jumped out to me.

Shopping on your own? Pick a String Quintet set first and match it to a solid or semi solid. You’ll go crazy trying to do it the other way around!

Snare Drum - Washington

Snare Drum + Washington

For my sample I combined the String Quintet set Snare Drum with one of my all time favorite Lorna’s colors – Washington! That’s also where we got the name Little Drummer Boy. Cute right? It’s a great color combo with a modern, masculine feel.

Clarinet + La Regina / Lilac

Clarinet + La Regina / Lilac

Clarinet is the String Quintet set with the easiest parable color combinations – greys! Pick bold, bright colors to make those non baby gradients pop. I like La Regina for a baby boy and Lilac for a baby girl. Either of these sweaters would have a lovely, modern feel!

Oboe + Buffalo Grove

Oboe + Buffalo Grove

For another gender neutral combo with a real baby feel I love the Oboe set with a soft yellow Buffalo Grove. This combo is blue heavy, I LOVE the pop of orange, and is still soft enough for a baby girl. This is the combo I’m going with for my next baby gift!

Trumpet + Sage

Trumpet + Sage

I’m headed into a real Sage heavy period in my knitting and I just love this Sage from Lorna’s! Pared with the Trumpet set it is just SO modern and elegant.

Marimba + Violet

Marimba + Violet

For a very rich, girly combo I love the Marimba set with the bold Violet semi solid. Any baby girl will look so girly and royal in this combo!

I hope these combinations have inspired you! Grab your pattern, place your order, and get ready to have a lot of fun with color stranding very soon!

FO: Caldwell Pullover

I teased it last week, but I took some non selfie FO shots of my new Caldwell Pullover, and that’s worth sharing!

Caldwell Pullover by Courtney Spainhower

Caldwell Pullover by Courtney Spainhower

I’ve worn this sweater a bunch since finishing it last week – it’s a great pullover. Nice and cozy and easy to thrown on over anything.

So Pretty!

So Pretty!

I used Cascade Eco Cloud and the yarn is so lovely! Really, really soft against your skin. Here I’m wearing it with a vneck tee and the wool doesn’t bother me at all. I could wear it with just a bra if not for all those YOs!

Great Details

Great Details

So the wing-y things on the sleeves are kind of weird. They didn’t block out as much as I thought they would – as I was knitting the front and back had a weird uniboob thing going on too but that completely blocked out. I actually really like the shape of the sweater! The wingy sleeve things add some cool architectural elements to the shape of the sweater, which I really love. It’s a unique shape! I think it’s cool. Shane hates it, and I know some knitters in my Sweater Club class were kinda iffy on it, too. I like a sweater with a little intrigue!

Cozy and Flattering!

Cozy and Flattering!

So I’ll be living in this one until things heat up around here. This winter I was all about the pullover and I can’t see that stopping any time soon!

Pattern: Caldwell Pullover by Courtney Spainhower

Yarn: Cascade Eco Cloud in Wild Dove

Needles: Size 9 24″ circs and DPNs

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Knitting! Imagine That! WIPs and FOs

2016 has started busy, but not in my knitting world. I’m pretty underemployed right now design wise – lots of submission rejections. I’m going to have to write another book just to get a design published around here!

But I have been knitting!

Caldwell Pullover WIP

Caldwell Pullover WIP

I’ve been teaching quite a few classes at Knit 1 here in Chicago, which has just been SO much fun! One of those classes is Sweater Club, where everyone picks a sweater and I help them get through it. There are 14 women in the class and it’s bonkers but so super fun.

Great Detail!

Great Detail!

The sweater that I picked to knit along with everyone is Courtney Spainhower’s Caldwell Pullover, one of my favorites from 2015.

Beautiful Drape-y Fabric!

Beautiful Drape-y Fabric!

I’m knitting it up in Cascade Eco Cloud and it’s BEAUTIFUL! Super drape-y and lovely. I can’t wait to wear this sweater! And it’s knitting up so quickly I know it won’t be long until I finish it. I’m very excited to block the body and get rid of that uniboob action the details of the sweater are creating in the center of it! I’m not worried about it but I’d be happy to have it gone!

Toe Up 2 at a Time Socks!

Toe Up 2 at a Time Socks!

I also taught a sock bootcamp last month and knit toe up 2 at a time socks! Sock knitting is not really my thing, but this was fun.

Nice Looking Heel!

Nice Looking Heel!

It was really fun to just knit some socks and then be done with it, instead of knitting a sock, then having to knit another sock.

Looking Good!

Looking Good!

I used Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering for these socks and they knit up SO pretty – isn’t that patterning in the kettle dyed yarn beautiful? So so fun. Check out more details about these socks on my ravelry project page.

Stranded Colorwork Mitts!

Stranded Colorwork Mitts!

In March I’m teaching a mini bootcamp class for stranded colorwork and designed these easy little mitts for the class. Cute right? More on these later.

HAT!

HAT!

I also designed a fun hat that will be part of a collection I’m putting together with Teresa Gregorio – more on that soon, too!

So! Knitting! I’m a little all over the place but hopefully some of these projects will start to actually be something soon.

Holiday Round Up: Go Team Go Hat

Next up in my holiday presents revealed series is the Go Team Go hat I knit for my mom’s boyfriend Dave! This one got a little play on the blog and on instagram since I know he doesn’t pop in to read my blog, but the finished product is too amazing not to share again!

Go Team Go by Jill Zielinski

Go Team Go by Jill Zielinski

How amazing does that look? I think I killed it with the Detroit Lions colors – though there was no Honolulu Blue specifically of Knit Picks Palette, Pool came very, very close.

SO MUCH RIBBING!

SO MUCH RIBBING!

In size 3s and 5s I wouldn’t say this is a quick knit, but once you switch to the 5s from the 3″ of size 3 knit 1 purl 1 ribbing it feels like it flies! But yeah you’ve got to get through all that ribbing.

Easy Charting!

Easy Charting!

Jill’s pattern is great because there is a chart template you fill in the letters you’d like so it’s completely customizable, and a pattern I KNOW I’ll be knitting again. I’ve got yarn enough for another like 3 Lions hats and some Tigers hats, too! My head, and the heads of like everyone in my family, will be decked out soon enough.

Isn’t this hat just CALLING OUT for a huge pompom?! Mine will certainly have one. This man style though is pom pom free, and I think was well received!

Pattern: Go Team Go by Jill Zielinski

Yarn: Knit Picks Palette in Pool, Ash, and Silver

Needles: Size 3 and 5 16″ circs, size 5 DPNs

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FO: Cafe au Lait Cardi for the #HKKAL15!

This FO has been a LONG time coming! I cast on nearly 3 months ago, at the start of the Holla Knits Knit Along. I’ve been working on it here and there between projects ever since. But the KAL ends Friday so I knew I had to buckle down and finish!

Cafe au Lait - YAY!

Cafe au Lait – YAY!

And finish I did! I couldn’t be happier with the mods I made – and I was really going back and forth about it.

So Pretty!

So Pretty!

I ended up pretty much following the smallest size directions exactly. I was talking about lengthening the sleeves, following the larger size for the width, blah blah. But while I was knitting I was trying to think about exactly what this sweater would be used for, and it would be worn over a tank on a mostly super hot day. It didn’t need longer sleeves! It didn’t really need anything messed with.

Such Pretty Sleeves!

Such Pretty Sleeves!

The sleeve length ended up being perfect just as is – I actually didn’t even add the few rows of rib to the ends of the sleeves because I loved that raw edge.

Perfect Length!

Perfect Length!

And the length is spot on. I only did 7 repeats of the pattern instead of 12 like the pattern suggested, and it’s exactly where I want it. Not cropped, just a regular length that hits me just above my hip.

Showing Off The Tiny Fronts!

Showing Off The Tiny Fronts!

I found some fake wooden buttons – I knew I wouldn’t be buttoning the sweater up too much so they didn’t really matter. But they add a really nice touch!

Such a Beautiful Stitch Pattern

Such a Beautiful Stitch Pattern

I know I’ll be wearing this sweater all summer long. It’s airy and light while still offering some coverage and protection from the sun.

And it ended up only taking 4 skeins! So this sucker clocks in as a $18 sweater. Not too shabby!

Pattern: Cafe au Lait by Kirsten Singer

Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Fingering

Needles: Size 7 circs

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