In the Pink (1 of 2)

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I love pink, especially pale pink.  Inspired by Rebecca Taylor‘s color palette as seen in some of her recent collections and the fact that I am making every attempt coordinating the pieces I knit with my existing wardrobe, I thought I would knit myself a kind of mini collection.  With my eye on a knitted modern baseball jacket pattern (foreshadowing), I wondered if the other pink yarn I had in my stash might make the perfect complement as a hoodie.

Having purchased this yarn nearly a decade ago for a garment that does not match my current life style, I needed ideas for this lovely merino that would.  I was specifically looking for something sporty for wearability, as well as flexible in design as I had a limited amount of yarn.  This pattern called Miranda, designed by Josée Paquin has choice styling galore, a great idea from the designer.  The cable pattern down the front can fan out like I’ve done or go straight, can be made with short or long sleeves, have a front kangaroo pocket and a hoodie . . . or not.  As a top down design, length is also an option.

What I did not like is the fact that this pattern has no side seams.  I am a huge proponent of such for stability of the finished garment.  Looking up methodologies in how to add seams to a garment knitted in the round, and there are a variety, I chose a ‘fake seam’ option. By purling 2 stitches on the knit side and knitting those stitches on the purl side, it creates a sort of indentation or side seam.

I like the way this looks and is where I grab the garment for removing saving on the wear and tear of the knitted fabric in front and back.

This was photographed in the photographer’s beautiful tulip garden, a perfect back drop with the elements of red she and her hubby have interspersed throughout the yard.

I do love a hoodie.

On this day, I chose a top to wear under offering yet another styling option.

How cute are these garden touches!

17 comments on “In the Pink (1 of 2)”

  1. That is very ‘you’! Lovely colour and great design. I’m so impressed by how clever you are at finding the right pattern for a certain amount of yarn (rather than buying yarn to suit a pattern). I’m also glad you like the fake seam. It certainly shows that the garment isn’t twisting in any way. Lovely pullover.

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    1. Christine: The reason why I have these bundles of luscious yarns on my shelf here is for years I WAS purchasing yarn for projects. Time passes, however and the items I wanted to knit may or may not fit into my lifestyle now. Saving the remnants and putting the scrap yarn together with new yarn (well yarn on the shelf that hasn’t been touched, yet) is turning out to be a very fun adventure for me. Or yarn meant for one thing and used for another makes it seem like it is new. Yarn is sorted and all of it is visible to the eye so that I can treat the stash shelf much like I am in a yarn store. Stay tuned for the next project and you can see that while this is fun, it sometimes goes sour. haha Thank you for your kind words.

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  2. Love the hoodie ! And this pink is lovely, delicate but not too pale. I had a hoodie in my list for a long time, you make me want to put it back on again and knit one for the fall.

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    1. I have knitted a bunch of hoodies. VK had a very interesting article a few issues ago about the construction of a hoodie as there are varieties. (When I knitted the first one, I thought the construction was more or less the same.) As I knit them, I am noticing I do have preferences. Just be aware of this and maybe compare a hoodie you own and love to the construction of the one you are about to knit. Thank you for your nice comment.

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  3. that looks like a great sweater – you can wear it lots of different ways, and it looks wonderful on you! Good job, yet again, finding something that is interesting to make and wear and is useful on top of it! You look great in pink, BTW.

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        1. I am knitting but it is very difficult for me to relax. I think that once we both settle into a routine, we will be much better. The last four months have been filled with unknowns, disruptions, nothing desirable, let me tell you.

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          1. It certainly sounds undesirable. Glad you are knitting, but sorry it isn’t helping you to relax a bit. I think you need to treat yourself to a long run followed by a massage.

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          2. Heavens. It sounds like a very serious undertaking. I assume, though, that he is out of all danger, and so now the dull, routine, work that is so different-but-no-one-understands-that is underway? My “original” step dad was an invalid in his later years, and it seemed that the simplest things became great undertakings for my mother at times. I didn’t completely understand it at the time, but I grew to have a better idea as I got older.

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          3. The patient is getting stronger but also back slides. 2 steps forward, 1 step back. Always danger will be there of falling. Invalid, no and hopefully his strength in all areas will improve over time. I am hopeful and respect those who care-take like your mother.

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          4. Just remember that the one step back is part of progress, too.

            Caregiving is a lot more work than those who don’t do it think it is. I hope you have a way to get respite for yourself on a regular basis. It’s like being a new mom – I remember when my niece was a baby, I used to go to my brother’s house every single Saturday, and take care of the baby. my sister-in-law was there, but she could take a shower or go to the store, or nap, and know that her baby would be OK. Caregivers of adults need the same kind of time where their brains can be free of the constant focus and attention. So do take care of YOU too.

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          5. yes, yes and I also recognize my limits, equally important. So, need to find that line and a routine/schedule that works for the both of us. We need time, good attitude, patience, prayer . . . all part of the game plan.

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