When the Find Your Fade shawl by Andrea Mowry hit, everyone and their monkey's uncle cast one on — including yours truly. The pattern was enjoyable, but after knitting a few color fades in, I wasn't 100% sold on my color choices. They were pretty together, but I don't think I'd end up wearing the finished object.
I tried mixing and matching other yarn from stash, but I still couldn't find the "perfect" fade. So eventually, I just gave up. I accepted that, maybe this whole fade thing wasn't my jam. And (sad) truth be told, I pretty much avoided patterns involving fades, since. (Fade-o-phobia. Ridiculous, I know!)
That is, until ... I found myself in a creative "slump." (See blog post here.)
The good news is that I came out of said slump, right after casting on the Smock It! shawl by Stephen West. It's exactly what my knitting soul needed; a pattern that doesn't require too much brain power, and still makes me want to knit "just one more row!"
You're probably thinking, "But Kristin, Smock It! is a "fade" shawl. I thought you swore off fades forever!" Sure, I was hesitant to cast on. But a three-color fade versus a seven-color fade? Seriously, if I can't fade at least three colors, we've got some serious issues to work through.
Long story short, I'm in love and can't put the thing down. Yay! (more on this project to come!)
Fast-forward one week later, and I cast on Rose by Andrea Mowry — a FOUR-color faded cardigan, and loving every stitch! I can't take all of the credit, though. One of my customers posted a gorgeous and unexpected fade using my hand-dyed yarn, to their instagram feed. I couldn't help but copycat a bit.
But wait! Do you see a pattern, here? I went from fading three colors to four. I'm building my color confidence, guys! I can beat my Fade-o-phobia! Give me another month, and I'll be knitting fades up to ten colors.