candy buttons

You might know by now I’m mostly muted shades of soft creams and dusty pinks, taupe on taupe with maybe a few other murky colors thrown in here and there, but not always I guess, I guess sometimes I like a flash of bubblegum pink, that just right apple green, or the sunniest of yellows. I guess we’re all kind of like that, usually almost always one way, but then sometimes not, sometimes we’re a total surprise, a complete contradiction ..I don’t even know, maybe I just really love pens?

It seemed like a while since I did anything different, so I decided on a mostly solids, stash only Nightshift Shawl, pairing all my favorite worsted weight single skeins in a very subtle, very me palette, but then I was all like, nah let’s go with those singles that have been rolling around in the stash for ages, let’s just pick colors that are kinda cohesive, kinda cute, but not really over think it.

The Candy Colors

Blue & green mix – Liberty Wool in Rainforest
Light blue – Cascade 220 (I think) 
Green – Berroco Remix in Lawn
Pink – Berroco Remix in Blush
Yellow – Cascade 220 (again I think so) 
Multi color – kool-aid dyed wool from back in the early chalklegs dyeing tutorial days (April 2012!)

At first glance I was thinking that the pattern was going to be confusing/challenging, it’s not, it’s really nice and repetitive, and the texture and color changes make it enjoyably perfect.

(p.s this is known as the discontinued colors of Berroco Remix section)

Honestly though, the whole time I wasn’t sure my colors were working, every time I got up to do anything, I’d lay it stretched out on the back of the couch, so later when I walked back into the room I could test myself and see if they startled me. When in doubt, focusing on cute stitch markers helps keep me moving right along, instead of ripping it all out!

I made enough for everyone, so if you’d like your own hand sculpted sweet little Circus Peanut Charm you can find them in my shop. πŸ’•

Really liking this section right here. πŸ’•

Oh did you forget about that yellow? No, no you didn’t. The sunniest of yellows making it or breaking it ..I don’t even know, maybe I just really love yellow now?

Intermittent yellow sewing with all sorts of zipper. πŸ’•

Ok, it’s good, like really good, like wrapping up in a big cozy blanket good, and the fact that it looks like it’s made of candy buttons has me loving it all the more. πŸ’•

Another lovely thing is it’s easily adaptable (I worked mine as written) but you could work more repeats for an even larger shawl or less for a smaller one, use fingering weight instead of worsted, make it completely scrappy or curate a custom fade, stay unconditionally true to your favorite colors or surprisingly contradict yourself.

Unintentionally showing my true colors at the pick n’ mix wall in Ikea.

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Thoughts & Finishes

I often wonder if I moved my knitting upstairs, if it would seem like less of a separate activity, I’m not sure why I look at my creative work as studio work (upstairs) and my leisure time as knitting time (downstairs). Maybe it should be blurred, maybe I just need a cozy seat in the studio?

I think it’s been 7 months or so in the bag, it’s traveled around with me, side eyed me when I plunked it in the corner to take on other projects, snuggled in my lap on cold winter nights and made me endlessly happy looking a its muted hues and plumpy ridges.

I found along the way, sometimes just pulling yarn or arranging supplies for another project was enough of a switch up in my day to get me back on shawl task, other times it was a day or two at the sewing machine and another pretty thing made. (This yarn combo never became anything, but I loved putting it together, oh and pink bags for days πŸ’•)

I kept it on a 32″ circular for its entire life, not realizing I was creating a mammoth shawl, some slight worries on where to block it, but I’m more excited about getting to wear it, than worried about wrangling the 90″ wet wool beast!

A finally finished Powder and Dust shawl and it’s exactly what I was hoping for, the mellowest strawberry fade, with so much excessive plush gartery nonsense and if not for days spent upstairs (not knitting) in the studio I wouldn’t have a beautifully drab gingham dress to pair it with.

It wasn’t until it was blocked and dry that I realized I preferred the wrong side of this one. Well it’s all garter so there isn’t really a rs/ws, but the color transition is so much more subtle on the ws, a true fade, whereas on the right side you can see defined stripes.

Up next, maybe some tiny creature knitting, there is a new Little Cotton Rabbits Small Rabbit pattern out (eeep!) and The Tearoom Cat has been calling me, wouldnt a little kiki to dress in tiny sweaters, cardigans and shorty pants just be the sweetest thing!?! πŸ’•