Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Test Knitting.

I know I said I'd never do another test knit. yeah, never say never.

When Melanie Berg shared her latest design on Instagram last week, saying she'd be putting out a call "soon" for testers, I immediately started stalking her Ravelry group. My mom will tell you - I checked every couple of hours ... but no call. Until shortly before I got home Monday afternoon. It was perfect timing and I was the 10th one to reply.

When I got home last night*, I was surprised and completely delighted to see that I'd been selected!

Today I printed the pattern, wound the first two skeins of yarn

and swatched.

This test knit is going to be a lot different from the other testing I've done because we get (in fact, we're encouraged!) to share about the project on-line.  The other testers include a few of my current Ravelry friends and I'm looking forward to adding some more.

You might still be wondering what made me change my tune about testing? A couple things.  I love Melanie's designs and patterns. I think this piece will work great for Alaska. and I had the yarn - Shibui Pebble + Linen in the Ivory colorway (thanks to a very generous friend and former student who decided she didn't want it anymore). I'd been planning to use the yarn to knit a wrap for the trip so it was really perfect timing.

*I spent yesterday afternoon with my favorite toddler and then stayed for dinner. Lots of photo opportunities, but this one - hands down! - is my favorite!

I figured we all needed something fun today. Thank heavens for knitting and little boys!

9 comments:

  1. Oh my, the shawl looks gorgeous! Have fun with the knitting. And...of course...FABULOUS picture of you and the boys. Everyone so happy and grinning - love it!

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  2. CONGRATS! I love the yarn color and look forward to seeing the finished wrap - whenever you're free to share.
    What a happy pic of you three! Delighted to see Charlie and Sam! (andof course you ;-)).
    Cheers~

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  3. It sounds like your test knitting was fate and meant to be! And how nice that it doesn't have to be secretive. Love that picture of you with your two grandsons!

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  4. I like that pattern and especially the non-secretive nature of it! It's great that it will be something you can wear soon, and how delightful to see you with two smiling boys!

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  5. That's a great photo!! Those boys... so ADORABLE! Will be watching to see how that test knit goes.

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  6. A reminder of how much I love Melanie's patterns! Have fun knitting! And love the three smiling faces - such joy!

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  7. Congratulations on being selected! The pattern looks wonderful. And the picture...perfect! I'll be watching as you go!

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  8. The picture of you and the boys is just darling! Love all the smiles! Have fun with your testing.

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  9. oh how I wish I had their energy!

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