We have expounded upon our love of speckles recently (all about that here), but I think my speckled love has gone from ‘ooh, pretty’ to ‘I NEED TO KNIT EVERYTHING IN SPECKLES RIGHT NOW’. It’s gotten a bit ‘full on’ as they say. Reminds me of my hand paint fever of the mid-2000s…
I knit Hunter a modified Flax sweater all in speckles over the winter break and loved it. The yarn was House of a la Mode in ‘Tinsel’ and it was just so much fun to knit. The pattern is simple (even with my mods) but as the yarn runs through your fingers the colours change, sometimes stitch by stitch! An adventure for sure.
A few weeks ago I combined my speckle obsession with my current need to constantly knit sweaters for my kids. They have pretty good sweater wardrobes already (except Jones, but I’m working on it), and little sweaters are quick (well, okay, they are quicker than knitting myself a sweater). Knitting for the kids also satisfies my desire to cast on certain patterns immediately (I’m looking at you So Faded Pint Sized), and the three of them wear their sweaters all the time! Is there anything more satisfying to a crafter than seeing their work out in the world, being used and loved? Nope.
And so, on a trip to Knit Night at Black Sheep Yarns I couldn’t resist the Hedgehog Fibers Merino DK in ‘fly’ and by the time I went to bed I had a lace band blocking for a new Lush sweater. I normally choose a size with a bit of positive ease for the kids knits (+2-3″) to maximize wear, but with this design, the lace looks really good when stretched a bit, so I went with only about 1/2″ of positive ease for this one.
lush project details:
Hunter is loving it! She wore it before the ends were even woven in and she especially loved the pinky purple buttons I found at Button Button. The yarn was a delight to knit with, an adventure in every stitch, and the whole project was rather successful if I do say so myself. So successful, I MIGHT have cast on another speckled project immediately….in spite of all the other WIPs on the needles!
So, what do you like to knit for the littles? Do you stick to accessories? Are you as sweater crazy as we are?
More sweaters ready for speckles by TCK: