I started this sweater way back at the beginning of June when we were back east visiting family and attending a good friends’ wedding. It ended up being put aside for a while this summer in favor of some smaller (aka not as hot in my lap!) projects. Once I picked it back up towards the end of August, the sleeves practically knit themselves! Now, if only it would get cool enough outside to warrant wearing it!
Pattern: Vodka Lemonade by Thea Colman
Yarn: Hazel Knits Artisan Lively DK in Splish Splash
Modifications: I made my sweater a touch longer than the pattern calls for and did my own waist shaping based on my measurements. I also added 3 button holes in the center of the sweater, but have yet to find the perfect buttons!
The Hazel Knits DK was a dream to work with. It’s a Superwash Merino/Nylon blend, which I think will hold up great. It has amazing stitch definition, too! I have to give a huge shout out to Hazel Knits for their incredibly consistent dyeing. I purchased 3 skeins for the sweater and ended up running out of yarn. The yarn shop I purchased it from had another skein on hand, but I doubt it was dyed at the same time (I purchased it several months later) and it matched my other skeins perfectly. Just in case, I alternated for a few rows when I started the new skein, but it became obvious that it was unnecessary! A shipment of Hazel Knits just arrived at the shop, and I fell in love all over again. Maybe I can justify purchasing some more by using it for holiday gifts!
Now…onto the Top Secret Mission part of the post! Several months ago, the organizers of Fall Festival contacted Stash to see if we would be up to the task of doing a little Yarn Bombing around the festival grounds (one of our local parks). You can read more about it here! I found some ridiculously cute Yarn Bombing fabric on Spoonflower and made some special edition bags for the shop:
And then of course, there was the actual Yarn Bombing. We went to the park the night before the festival and decorated trees, statues, the gazebo, lampposts, etc.
We also had super cool Bomb Squad t-shirts.
Fun, right?! It was loads of fun to decorate the park with knitting and hear people talking about it all weekend!
In other knitting news, I have an embarrassing number of projects on the needles right now! I have a couple of more projects that I’ve recently finished that still haven’t made the blog….but soon, I promise!