Rarely do skeins of yarn speak to me in such a way as to demand that they be molded into something specific. Usually, as I think is the case with most knitters with significant stashes, a color or material calls out to me just as wanting to cuddle, and I, an impulsive shopper to be sure, give in and purchase whatever gorgeous colorway has caught my eye. Alternatively, I fall in love with a designer’s pattern and cannot wait to make it but tarry until I find the perfect colorway for it. For example, Maria Olson’s pattern Grey Havens told me it wanted to be knitted the moment I saw it, but it languished in my library for a few months while I waited for the perfect colorway to find me.
Madelinetosh 80/10/10 Worsted in Fluoro Rose & Edison Bulb
I knew I loved Madelinetosh’s Fluoro Rose color the moment I saw it. I even impulsively purchased a couple of skeins from another Raveler’s destash, my heart fluttering with anxiousness while I waited for her response to see if someone else had already claimed it. Of course, I had no idea what I would do with two skeins of sport weight yarn, but I knew I had to have them.
So when I quite luckily stumbled upon the Madelinetosh shop at a moment when they had a sweater quantity of Fluoro Rose on their amazing 80/10/10 worsted (a mix of merino, cashmere, and nylon), I knew I wanted it. The yarn right next to it was a fluorescent yellow color called Edison Bulb, and it started screaming at me as well. They both wanted me to buy them! And they wanted to be together! They wanted to be a striped sweater!
Of course, I happily obliged, feeling the rush of excitement that only yarn lovers feel over the thought that I would soon have have this yarn in my hands. And when it arrived on a Saturday afternoon, all six skeins stuffed into my little bitty mailbox, I was over the moon! Despite freezing temperatures and a crazy wind chill, I rushed outside to utilize what was left of the afternoon light so I could capture the brilliance of these hand-dyed yarns.
I made a gauge swatch and blocked it that night, and the next morning, I was ecstatic to find that my worries of color bleeding were unnecessary – the fabric was perfect, and the colors were incredible. I couldn’t wait to get started.
My new lovely square neck neon sweater!
Now, there are some quite lovely striped sweater patterns available on Ravelry, but none that I could find with my desired neckline. I’ve found that I am in love with a square neckline (although everyone but me considers it a scooped neckline), and my striped sweater needed a square neckline.
Too excited to search more for a suitable pattern, I did a few calculations myself and just started knitting, stopping occasionally to gaze lovingly at this intense, wonderful fabric. Since I didn’t want the stockinette to have to stretch too much while still being close-fitted, I made it with 1″ of negative ease.
I love the finished sweater! It fits perfectly, and I completed it in less than two weeks.
I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about a yarn and project before, and some wonderful Ravelers shared my excitement – the project page had garnered four favorites within just a few days, before it was even finished and while it was still just bits and pieces.
I love these happy colors! So fun!
I <3 Neon! I wear the bracelet my sister gave me every day – it says “sisters forever.” All four of my sisters and I have one.