The world is a stressful place these days. When things get tough, I take to knitting to help my thoughts run their course and to de-stress. I started this Rainbow Hap at the beginning of June when a friend of mine gifted me the remains of her stash (she had really good taste in yarn). After I sorted out all the partial balls and did a wee bit of untangling I realized I had quite a gorgeous rainbow of yarn.
The gray yarn in the center is a skein of BMFA STR in one of the Spirit colorways from my stash. The Rainbow Hap is based on Gudrun Johnston’s Hansel, a traditional Shetland-style shawl. I used every last inch of the gray yarn for the center square and am slowly working my way through the rainbow of yarn and ignoring the stripe sequences listed in the pattern. This is simple knitting at its finest: garter stitch with a little pattern to memorize, lovely yarn, and size US 8 needles.
Here we are, already in the midst of week three of Me Made May, and I’m finally getting last week’s outfits posted.
Day 8: Pretty Me by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne in Neighborhood Fiber Company in Del Rey. I absolutely love this cardigan and the color goes surprisingly well with a number of items in my wardrobe. I wore this outfit to Mother’s Day breakfast, where I ate the heck out of some espresso mascarpone french toast.
Day 9: A rather terrible photo of one of my favorite outfits! The dress is New Look 6223 in a plaid cotton blend (it has very slight stretch) and Tambourine by Julia Farwell-Clay. My cardigan is made from Miss Babs Yowza! Whatta Skein in what should be known as THE BEST ORANGE EVER but in reality is called French Marigold.
Day 10: A Sorbetto top in a cool rayon print featuring leaping dear and running horses.
Day 11: I swathed my neck in Lilli Pilli knit in three rogue colors of Hazel Knits Artisan Sock that I picked up on my birthday last year.
Day 12: New Look 6587 as a 2-in-1 dress. I need another one! The top of the dress is a polka dot shirting and the skirt is a linen blend. I absolutely love that the skirt is a slightly heavier weight fabric than the top, so I get the nice, breezy lightness of shirting and a good drape and swing that comes from the linen (very good for breezy days).
Day 13: I wore my Ginger jeans but I didn’t want to wear any knit items because I got my hair done at the salon and am in constant fear of getting hair dye on my knit sweaters. Doesn’t my hair look boss, though? Pretty fierce.
Day 14: I cozied up at home for most of the day in my knit Glynis socks by Cookie A. The yarn is Pagewood Farm Yukon and I knit the socks in 2010!