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!