On My Needles - Week of 12/31

A lovely, relaxing holiday break last week gave me a chance to cast on (and make a bit of actual progress on) a few new projects to kick off 2018. One of the first projects I wanted to tackle in the new year was my Comfort Fade Cardi (pattern by Andrea Mowry). I was planning on this cardigan being my Christmas Day cast on, but unfortunately I left all my stitch markers at home (packing fail!), so I had to wait a couple days to order some more before I could officially begin. Once I finally could cast on, it's been smooth sailing with this super fun knit.

I planned out this fade months ago and dyed up a few skeins of  Long Dog Yarn Merino DK in the colorways (from top to bottom of cardigan) Fresh Bloom, September 2017, Cassata, and Wild Child. Those poor skeins had just been sitting in my studio, waiting for me to cast on, so I'm really happy to have this knit finally on my needles. 

I'm a little bit iffy on the bright aqua green of Cassata sitting right there in the middle of the section. It's a little brighter than I wanted compared to the colorway preceding it, now that I'm actually seeing them knit up together. But since I can't think of a colorway to replace it to produce an actual gradient-style fade, I'm letting things go on as planned for now and hoping it doesn't become enough of a bug under my skin that I'll want to rip it back later. 

And, if you haven't heard, Andrea Mowry is hosting a KAL for the Comfort Fade Cardi in her Ravelry group. Join in to win some great prizes and see loads of color inspiration to cast on your own cardigan.

The other project currently getting a lot of face time this week is a test knit for a new sock pattern by designer (and fellow indie dyer!) Leeni Hoi. This one has a tight timeline of only two weeks. I can't remember the last time I finished a pair of socks within that time frame, but I'm sure doing my best with these. And the super fun pattern is making the job easy. 

I'm knitting my pair in the September 2017 monthly colorway (which will be joining the shop as a standard colorway very soon!) on LDY Bounce Sock. With my short row heel finished last night, I'm hoping to have this sock off the needles by the weekend. 

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