Sophie’s Handspun Windschief

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When Tour de Fleece came around this year I wanted to spin in solidarity with other fiber enthusiasts around the world, though I was too late to sign up for a team. My hands were already full with knitting commitments, but I made time to spin one of the many rovings (and tops and rolags) I’ve had sitting around on the shelf for months. I went with my roving of Malabrigo Nube in the colorway “Diana,” which is probably one of my favorite Malabrigo colorways. By the way I do all of my spinning on a Schacht Flatiron.

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Being a spinning “nube” (gotta make use of those puns when graced with the opportunity), I attempted to spin fine singles and failed. Instead I ended up with a fingering/sport mix. While my spinning consistency has greatly improved, I have not yet managed to spin one bobbin-full of a single yarn weight. When I can one day spin beautiful fine singles to ply for socks, I will be dancing on the rooftops.

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I plied together my thick-and-thin-ish singles, which resulted in a lovely worsted weight skein. My friends on Instagram thought a hat would be best, so I searched through my queue and decided on Windschief, a West Knits pattern. My daughter loves the colors, so she became the obvious recipient. The yarn is a tad busy for the pattern, but Sophie didn’t want a plain knit hat, and I didn’t want to knit one either. It’s a good thing because this pattern was fun to knit!

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Of course Sophie had to have a pompom, which I am always thrilled to make. If I didn’t feel they are a waste of expensive designer yarn I’d make pompom garlands weekly and string them throughout the house.

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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