I’m so happy to be back after a lovely fall break vacation! It was a much needed break to replenish my creative energy and I am very excited about all I have on deck to share. I’m so grateful to everyone for the kind feedback on my post about learning to knit and I have some plans for future knitting-related feedback based on your requests and questions.
One thing I plan to post more about is yarn selection, project planning, and how they relate to each other. In this vein, I should say that I almost never buy yarn without a project in mind. I like buying the correct amount needed for whichever project it is intended. This project, however, was an exception. Last fall I attended an fantastic workshop about natural fabric and yarn dyeing taught by Kristine of A Verb for Keeping Warm. The workshop was a dream, as were the incredible hand dyed yarns and fabrics that she creates. She had a special selection of limited edition yarns available for sale to workshop attendees and I was beyond thrilled to score four skeins of this beautiful yellow flecked alpaca, silk, and cashmere blend.
I didn’t have exact plans for what I would do with it but given that yellow is my favorite color, I was aiming for a sweater for myself. Thanks to the brilliant search capabilities of Ravelry, I was able to do some pattern searching and settle on this So Faded pullover pattern to make a cropped sleeve top. As it turns out, I still have two skeins left over so now I’m thinking I’ll make the pint-sized version for Caroline and my sweet little niece Luisa. I don’t want this gorgeous yarn to go to waste.
Read on below for more project details and a photo gallery!