Hello everyone and Happy May! I hope this finds you well.
My daily work (non-knitting related) has been quite brain-consuming since October, so my creative output has been low. This has been frustrating to me – I see many lovely designs being published, and not one of them is mine.
So…the Uplift Make Along (UMAL) has been a great boon. Permission to knit someone else’s design! Fun sharing things like pictures of yarn and swatches. WIP progress reports. I love that when someone “likes” my post or photo, I receive notification that they “cheered” my contribution. It’s all very…cheerful!!
The good news is that it’s very low-key…if you’d like to join, you can join at any time – just click on the link in my link tree in the sidebar (or at the bottom of the post, if you are viewing on a phone). More good news, the UMAL goes through the end of June, so there is plenty of time to join in the fun. We are continually adding to a UMAL Pinterest board, categorized by project type. Here’s the Pinterest board: UMAL Pinterest board
Here’s the progress I’m making on my Arkenstone Sweater, pattern by Ruth Brasch.
I’m making it in Malabrigo Washted in the colorway Aguas. It’s working up into a lofty and squishy fabric, and I’m enjoying the lace/cables combo. Now I want to attempt designing a sweater with a similar yoke construction.
Other than working on this sweater, I’ve swatched some fabulous yarn by Denise Voie de Vie. I’m seeing a Spring/Summer top in these colors. They look like a garden party! The colorways are Day Lilies and Greenfest.
More swatching to happen soon with yarn just ordered from Amanda Hope Yarn – the same bases used in last year’s pumpkin design, It’s Fall, Y’all. The fabric created by holding together the Aussie Extra Fine Merino and the Superkid Mohair/Silk is wonderfully soft and shimmery – very chic, elegant, and divine. I’m seeing a summer top in this yarn as well. The best things are the colorways: the main color is called Gauguin’s Joyousness, with Pumpkin as the contrasting color. I just couldn’t pass by that beautiful exuberance of color in Gauguin’s Joyousness! Plus, joy! – always catches my eye when someone else uses it in naming something. I can’t wait to start swatching with this beautiful yarn!
So…if you want to jump in and enjoy some low-pressure knitting fun, come join us at the UMAL. I wish you a fabulous Friday and a great weekend.