Remember when I lost myself in some Malabrigo Twist this winter? (if not, see this post)
I had bought some beautiful yarn, found a satisfying texture, and was trying to just find my mojo again - without the pressure of being a knitwear designer.
Well, the sweater I knit did what I needed it to - it gave me some wonderful, stress-free knitting time. And when it was all finished, instead of just wearing it, you know I went straight to writing it up and turning that non-work into some professional knitting once more, so here's Oaxacan Rose.
But I'm glad I did - because this combination of some gorgeous yarn (Malabrigo Twist, which you can find tons of -- like 22 colors of - at WEBS) and some soothing texture is something everyone needs once in a while. And the resulting sweater is one of those garments you kind of LOVE wearing. It's easy and soft and goes with almost anything.
I don't usually design simple basics - and for that reason alone, I often avoid vareigated yarns. But I've got to tell you, I am in love with this Twist. It's soft, round, gorgeous fiber and watching the colors shift on my needles was mesmerizing. The combination of gray and lavender and gold here in Zinc made me so incredibly happy. And, I found that a little texture and some simple details were enough to keep me totally enthralled.
Oaxacan Rose is a wear-everywhere pullover - what my friend Erin calls a "sweatshirt sweater". A cable, some detail at the seam, and a couple of other small bits keep the knitting interesting and the final garment polished.
I hope you all like it! More details and the test knits can be found on Ravelry here, and the sweater is also listed on the pullover page of the blog for $7.00. As always, there are notes and commentary in the PDF about how to modify this for your shape if desired, and you can find me on Ravelry if you need any advice about sizing and yarn choices or as you knit....
If you do decide to cast on, know that the KAL is still going on in my BabyCocktails group - and finishing by May 15 doesn't matter. If you want to join in for camraderie and prizes and chatter, just add your project and your voice to the thread!!
As for the drink, it's one of my favorites - I can't take credit. They make it at Deep Ellum, a spot right near the Cradles to Crayons warehouse I volunteer at each Wednesday. I don't know the exact recipe but it's a combination of mezcal, grapefruit liquor, lemon, grapefruit juice, and peychaud's bitters. And it's fantastic.