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?
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.
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.
#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.