I've been pretty good lately, only knitting from yarn I had in stash or yarn I had spun from stash. I'd ordered some sock yarn, but that was it, and it was for patterns. Overall, that's pretty well behaved for a Pink Lemon. Yesterday I caved. I was wandering around reading blogs and I got to Michelle's
. She has a new dog who is trying to find his place in a family of cats who are pretty sure the dog isn't necessary, so there are lots of fur-baby pictures right now. She also mentioned though, that The Loopy Ewe
is having a knitalong. Actually Sheri, the owner of the Loopy Ewe is having the knitalong and it's basically to knit any sweater design you like, using Dream In Color's Classy yarn. Classy is a worsted weight yarn so the range of possible patterns is pretty wide. I went to look at the colors and I really liked several of them, but I couldn't think of anything off the top of my head that I wanted to knit that I didn't already have in my stash, so I figured I was safe. I wandered over to the Ravelry group (TLE is the group name if you're curious) to see what everyone was doing and then I remembered- I had seen another really cute sweater design
* over at the Drops website (FREE!) that I wanted to make. The pattern calls for 21 stitches over 4 inches, but since Classy is also a superwash yarn, I knew I'd be happier knitting it slightly tighter than it calls for. (In my experience superwash wools tend to relax and grow after washing, but if you knit it tightly, it can't really go anywhere.)
So I wandered back over to The Loopy Ewe
to place my order (she's offering 20% off on the Classy for this KAL) and I ordered the Cool Fire colorway. Then I got to thinking that I'd done a lot in pinky berry colors lately and even though Cool Fire is lighter than most of the berry yarns I've got, it's in the same color family, so I called The Loopy Ewe to change the color and SHERI ANSWERED THE PHONE! It was like talking to The Loopy Ewe herself, except that sheep aren't allowed to answer the phone usually, particularly in a business situation. She said it wasn't a problem, but to put a note on the order saying what color I wanted. So here's the fun part: I'm not sure what color I'll be getting! I think I asked for Into the Mystic for my first choice, but I might have asked for Go Go Grassy as my first choice because I was going back and forth on them and I just can't remember. Basically, it's a knitalong and an adventure, because I don't know what color yarn I'm using! I have no idea why this is so amusing to me, but now I've shared it with the whole Internet so the polite thing to do is nod and smile and act like you're excited too.
*If you decide to knit this pattern, make sure you choose the correct size. Because of the A line shaping, the cardi should fit very closely through the bust or it will look way too big and make you look pregnant. Also, it needs to be worn with pants (or a skirt) that are fitted through the waist and hips or you'll get the pregnant thing again - no pleats or fullness at the top of the pants (or skirt). Just my two cents worth of fashion advice for this shape.