Poppy, Poppy Everywhere!

It all started in December when the pattern launched.  As soon as I saw Alicia Plummer’s In Stillness sweater, I knew I wanted to knit it. Our life these days alternates between studying cozily at home or the library and gallivanting on field trips near and far so comfortable clothes are a must. Since I have a couple cardigans and most of my pullovers are fitted, I’d been really wanting to fill that big comfy pullover spot in my wardrobe for a while. Although I almost always wait a while to let the ideas steep a bit in my mind, this one I just purchased because I knew.

For a few weeks I had trolled for the right yarn. It requires a worsted weight yarn & I definitely wanted to stay in the superwash wool category because I wanted to maintain that drape you get with the superwash yarns. I looked at Madelinetosh Vintage. I looked at Malabrigo Rios. I looked at The Uncommon Thread Everyday Worsted used in the sample. But I kept coming back to Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label Aran Weight. I’ve used TFA yarns in a few previous projects and I just find them to be an incredible value. The quality of the bases combined with the beauty of the colors always seems surprisingly affordable when compared with similar yarns. Usually I order directly from TFA via the website — service is always prompt and friendly, but this time I ordered through Eat. Sleep. Knit. just because they happened to have what I wanted in-stock and that was where I’d been browsing.

I hemmed and hawed a bit regarding color choice, as one does, but in the end I went with a color I’d used before…

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Poppy.

It’s a beautiful, rich true red. With the yarn requirements plus one skein (just in case), I was all set to begin.

And thus, began photo…

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After photo…

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After photo…

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After photo of red knitting.

Sometimes these photos include ninjas thanks to a super fun project bag from Stitched by JessaLu. I had one last coupon code left from a summer promotion/event she held in her Ravelry group and when I saw this fabric in her Facebook feed I decided that this bag would match my red sweater perfectly. I’m usually not into the novelty/cartoony fabrics all that much, but for whatever reason this one I love. And my kids think it’s awesome, so that’s a bonus, too.

So it’s been just a sea of red sweater on my Instagram feed and my #todayonmyneedles posts and just generally in my hands the past week. I was dividing time between a couple other projects up until a few days ago, but I’m at that point in the top-down sweater when I can feel how close I am to finishing up the body so it’s got my undivided attention. I have it in the back of my head that I’d like to have this done and washed and dried in time for Valentine’s Day weekend. I think that’s a long shot and I’m really just not in the mood to be rushing anything these days, but… well, I guess we shall see. At the very least, it guarantees that both you & I will be seeing a fair bit of Poppy for the time being.

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I have to say, I’m enjoying this knit immensely so I’m pretty darn ok with that. Poppy, Poppy everywhere? So be it!

10 responses to “Poppy, Poppy Everywhere!

  1. Your sweater is going to be fabulous and I for one am loving the cheerful pops of red showing up in my Instagram feed!

    • Yay! I’m so glad you like it! I need to find a way to better show how much progress is actually takig place, but i am constantly too tempted just to take close-ups of the gorgeous color and stitch definition. And for the record, I’ve been trying it on as I go and I just love it! It’s my first sweater in TFA yarns and it will definitely not be my last!

    • You’re welcome! And yes, it is a gorgeous red — I used it on socks for my son last summer and I just decided I needed a little something in that beautiful shade for myself, too!

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