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Love Note

June 3, 2019

Once upon a time, at EYF, I saw, from across the room, a skein of hot pink mohair. It was love. I needed it. ‘I don’t even like pink…’ I told myself. But somehow, I crossed the aisle, picked up that skein of Skein Queen Floof, and it came home with me (don’t worry, I also paid for it!). At that same show I also snagged two skeins of La Bien Aimée merino singles, in ‘neon static’ and ‘Aimee’s sweater’. I knew they were delicious, but I didn’t know what they might become, so they joined the rest of my (significant) stash!

When I’ve got a wedding to go to, first thing I wonder is (DEEP SIGH), what will I wear? For this one, I pulled out an old favourite dress (one that my former flatmate said was ‘probably too short for a family wedding)’. HAHA. I love it to bits and discovered I could still, with some aggressive zippering, maneuver into it. BUT, it needed just the right sweater to go with it. Head to the shops for something? Of course not! I had a whole week before the wedding, so it was clearly time to cast on.

The results of this cast on frenzy became the Love Note, a sweater with much to recommend it: a little lace, cropped, a soft like a springtime duckling, and PINK! What more could you want in wedding attire?

The English springtime, well, it’s not warm. I’m not gonna lie, I had chilly thighs, but no regrets! John piped in the guests, and the Scots side of the family represented in matching kilt getup.

I’m not gonna lie, my thighs were COLD, but damn, was that sweater ever fabulous! And like a true professional who pays her mortgage by designing, I told the whole extended family “yeah, it’s my own design”, with that sort of pride and earnestness displayed by children to adults who respond with a kind of tolerant disregard. Sometimes family doesn’t ‘get’ your job, especially when that job looks, from the outside, to be little more than going to coffee shops and knitting all day! Ah well, at least my husband, business partner and I recognize that I do indeed have a real job.

Over a dress is great, but this look is really more my daily style.

I cropped this number hard, and it’s great over a dress, but to be honest I’m not a big wearer of dresses, I nearly always wear jeans and a tank top. So it works this way too. I’ve worn this sweater nearly every second day for a year, so that’s a pretty solid recommendation for its usefulness in a non-fancy wardrobe like mine. I love the floaty fabric, the lovely halo, and the delicious colour always lifts my mood.

This was the swatch that convinced me to blend the hot pink mohair with the pale speckle! Check out our tutorial on blending mohair for suggestions on how to choose a pairing.

#LoveNoteKAL with us!

Usually by the time Alexa and finally complete and launch a new design, we aren’t too keen on knitting it again… at least not for a little while! But Love Note? We can’t get enough! we both immediately wanted to cast on another! Alexa’s making one in La Bien Aimée in ‘shire’ mohair over ‘shire’ merino singles. I’ve got some Rainbow Heirloom Kidsilk Cloud that I really want to make into another for me… So we’re going to Knit Along together! Starting now (Alexa’s already begun) our super serious deadline is July 15, 2019. Just kidding, it’s not serious at all!

So, cast on for your feather light, warm and fuzzy Love Note today, and KAL along with us on Instagram using the hashtags #LoveNoteKAL #LoveNoteSweater and #tincanknits! Or participate in our Ravelry Group if you don’t do Instagram.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. helene permalink
    August 16, 2019 3:53 pm

    incredible post! very interesting, thank you! It seems all the samples are mohairs solid color and the merinos are multicolored. do you have idea how does it work the other way around? merino solid and mohair multicolored? thanks

  2. June 24, 2019 8:35 am

    Your Love Note is gorgeous! My LYS started a KAL last Saturday using your pattern. There are nine of us in the class. This is my first KAL, and I’ve already learned a lot.

  3. Olivia permalink
    June 10, 2019 7:41 am

    What a lovely story. I’m in England just now (Cliveden House, Cornwall, Cotswolds and finally London) for two weeks and it does get chilly still. I found English wool finally in Bath. for all the sheep in England it’s hard to find English wool! Your sweater is wonderful.

  4. Susan McFarland permalink
    June 4, 2019 11:30 am

    Your two men look so handsome in their kilts.. Love it!
    From Susan McFarland (my husband was scottish too but I could never get him to wear a kilt)

    • June 10, 2019 1:54 am

      John (and Max so far) LOVE to wear kilts! I wasn’t sure what I thought of them when I first moved to Scotland, but I’ve gotten fully on board by now!

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