I have been doing some test knitting lately. It is one of my goals for 2015. I recently had the opportunity to test 2 beautiful patterns. Its a “twofer!” I achieved one of my goals and got to knit 2 wonderful patterns. I think it is safe to say that the sweater goal will be met later this year (I’m still optimistic about the stretch goal:). There were a couple of weeks where I was signing up to test knits and KALs left and right (things are settling down now).
The first pattern, Bloemen is by my friend Ien Sie (A.k.a. kgmama on Ravelry). I am so excited for her to be designing again. She previously had a pattern published by Quince & Co. and she is dipping her toe back into designing. It was fun to test this quickly little knit, and I got to learn a technique I haven’t tried before the Latvian braid; who doesn’t love learning a new technique (Can you see me raising my hand at the back of the class going “Oooh me!!!!)? This is a great pattern, because in addition to options( you can do ribbing, you can line it, you can do a Latvian braid, and you can use as many colors as you want) it is a great pattern to use scraps. My yardage was a bit off because I deviated from the pattern when I picked my colors (Even the main color on my project used about 120 yard or less). It is fun to watch the colorwork take shape and paint a picture. I used a combo of the Plucky Knitter’s fingering yarns and opted not to line the cowl.
I promised this one to my daughter, but she has graciously allowed her grandpa to have this after he asked her for it. I can’t wait to see what Ien comes up with next.
The other pattern I tested is for Melissa Schaschwary (Aka Dandiliongrl on Ravelry) named Gideon. What can I say? I really enjoyed knitting this project. It is a really soothing knit. The yarn, which Melissa S. used for the sample is something I chose to copy for my project because Sweet Fiber’s Cashmerino Worsted is “Ahhh-mazing!” (especially in this pattern); luckily I had some in my stash (look at me work through stash, I am a machine:)). I just want to smoosh the shawl and wrap myself in it. I tend to knit for myself and my family (I can be the occasional gift knitter when I am not burned out), so when I saw the call for testers on this project I kept my fingers crossed because I wanted to knit this for myself, and getting to test it would be a bonus. I was excited to be chosen, and cast on ASAP. Since I was knitting in my Ashby in Shelter (another great yarn) getting to knit with the Cashmerino blend was like sending my fingers to Tahiti (Its sooooo soft!).
It’s funny to me how I can never predict what kind of reception something will get. I wore it at Madrona Fiber Arts Festival and that’s when I realized that people were going to like the design. As I was waiting to be seated for table at the Hotel Murano’s restaurant, a woman who was leaving walked towards me and literally missed a step and almost fell down trying to check out the shawl (I am happy to report there was no knitter injured, as she was able to catch herself mid fall). Things like this normally don’t happen, but it was kinda like a perfect storm, because I was surrounded by fiber enthusiasts left and right.
A few Jennie the Potter ceramics purchased from friends at Stitches West
Acorn Trail Custom Fit ( I am really moving on this)