Sophie’s So Faded

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I’m fairly new to Andrea Mowry’s knitting patterns and only became familiar with her earlier this year when she released the Find Your Fade shawl, which uses a very similar fading process to the So Faded sweater pictured above. I have found that I am strongly attracted to knitting any kind of fade or blend. (In fact, my Cupid’s Mix beanie design from last year fades colors from one to the next. Click here for my Cupid’s Mix post and free pattern.)

Needless to say, the Find Your Fade hook was in my mouth before I knew it, and I rapidly ordered yarn and cranked one out–not because I needed a shawl (but who can have too many), not because the design was irresistible (although it is very pretty), but because I simply had to work that fade. Thus began my introduction to the beautiful knits of Andrea Mowry. (To see my post on the Find Your Fade shawl, click here.)

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I’ve been rather uncertain whether I could pull off a So Faded sweater for myself, but I was positive a So Faded Sophie would be adorable, so I showed her the pint sized version of the pattern. Pictures of the sweater got her quite excited, but it wasn’t until we started searching for yarn that she was bouncing in her seat. We ended up at the site for Old Rusted Chair, whose Nashville-based owner is the sweet and acrobatic Lauren (yeah, she’s got all kinds of skills). I’ve been no stranger to her enticing yarn, having used it in several of my previous projects, and I can say with authority that her style and quality is supreme. I let Sophie select the colors herself from Old Rusted Chair’s site, although I did assist her so that we’d end up with the ultimate Sophie fade. Above are the colors we chose, which are from top to bottom Chrysalis, Spring Forward, Don’t Forget Your Shades, Test Kitchen and We Will Rock You. Which is your favorite???

Like Find Your Fade, So Faded is a super fabulous pattern, and I hope to make another one. Perhaps one of my friends knows a baby or child for whom they’d like me to knit one? Let me know!

I am of the opinion there cannot be too many pictures of this sweater. We love our So Faded so much! The So Faded patterns (regular and pint sized) can be purchased directly from Andrea Mowry’s site here.

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A Revamp of the Cupid’s Mix Beanie, Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

A few weeks ago I suddenly realized I had not seen my daughter’s Cupid’s Mix beanie in many months. In angst I up-heaved her room, searched through all my knits and combed the house. The beanie was nowhere.

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It goes without saying that a replacement was in order. I quickly contacted Carol of Havirland Yarns and purchased a new Cupid’s Mix set. The old mini skein kit is now a set of 20 mini bobbins, which she has labeled “Cupid’s Mix Frankensocks Kit.” (Her other Frankensocks kits are amazing as well.) My original pattern was designed for the mini skeins, which are approximately 10 grams each. The mini bobbins are 5 grams each, so my pattern could not accommodate them. I fretted at first but then decided to simply revamp the old pattern to include two versions: one for mini skeins (top) and one for mini bobbins (bottom).

Cupid's Mix Beanie

 

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How did she grow so fast??? You’ve got to be kidding me. It’s only been one year.

To download my free Cupid’s Mix Beanie knitting pattern click here, or to download from Ravelry click here.

 

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Get your Valentine’s knit on!

Peach Melba Oceana Hat

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I knit this Oceana hat for two reasons:

  1. Look at that beautiful diamond mesh stitching! The pattern is a winner.
  2. The pattern author, Cali (Willoughby Way Designs and @throwstyler on Instagram), is donating all of the pattern proceeds to the organization Oceana, which works to preserve the world’s oceans.

Needless to say, whenever a fabulous pattern is combined with a good cause, I’m in!

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For this pattern I used a tubular cast on, which works perfectly for 1 x 1 ribbing because it gives the appearance that the ribbing is simply continued from the underside, rendering a nice, clean edge. The diamond mesh is feminine, sweet and perfect for a little girl, so accordingly, this hat is for my daughter. I wanted to go with a yarn suited for my Sophie, and while it is a fall/winter hat, I also wasn’t ready to abandon the summer vibes. When I came across this Peach Melba colorway by Manos del Uruguay (Maxima Multi yarn), it was a no brainer–the perfect choice for this hat!

DSC03127This yarn’s multi-tonal personality made the pink and orange appear differently depending on the…Lighting? Mood? It looked consistently amazing, that’s for sure.

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The pattern allows for two different decrease styles: slouchy or with a pompom. I let Sophie choose the style she liked better, so as you can see, we went with the pompom. (She also requested that it be pink, so voila.)

And now I must have one of these for myself…

Droid Skew Socks

When I saw Havirland’s self-striping sock yarn in color themes for the droids BB-8 and R2-D2, I grabbed some right away. My husband has always been a die hard Star Wars fan, and my son caught on around the age of two, so it was high time I knit something for the love of Star Wars.

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This year I have been completely devoted to sock making, and when I chose this yarn I knew I wanted to do something special, something beyond plain self-striping socks. When I came across Skew, a free pattern by Lana Holden, I dove right in.

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Check out the diagonals (on Star Wars bedding, of course)!

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And the heels!

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I had never seen anything like it in knitting, and it was a pleasure making these Droid Skews. They’re more than a pair of socks; they are a work of art!

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Saturday Matinees for Sophie

I must be in the midst of a substantial sock phase because I cannot seem to stop knitting socks! And making plans to knit more socks. And buying yarn for socks I haven’t even thought of yet.

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My latest pair of completed socks was begun on impulse. Last week I was idly flipping through Instagram when I unexpectedly came across a new pattern release by Orange Knits (Mara Catherine Bryner) called Saturday Matinee Socks. As though her Rose City Rollers pattern wasn’t cute enough, this talented and adorable lady had to go and create another quick and addictive sock project. I will most certainly be knitting myself a pair (or two), my daughter another pair (or more), and then I have all sorts of ideas for some Rose City Rollers (matching mother-daughter pairs, perhaps).

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I began these socks as I do all others: magic loop and two-at-a-time. It baffles me how so many knitters make one sock from start to finish, and then mind-numbingly knit the same sock all over again. Doubtless this method takes no more time than the two-at-a-time method, but patience is a virtue I lack almost entirely. For the yarn, my daughter selected a colorway from my stash, which is the unnamed February sock of the month colorway by Yarn Ink. So pretty! So precious!

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The Saturday Matinee Socks pattern combines vintage with modern aesthetics and satisfies my daughter’s love for cute pieces in which she can dress up, dance and lounge. She is currently 6 years old and wears a size 12T shoe, so I followed the pattern for size Small. My only regret is that I had intended to knit these a little big so they would fit past her next growth spurt, but I failed. Oh, well. They will be a thoroughly enjoyed treat throughout the summer.