Some of you amazing and generous knitters have been asking if there is anyway you can give a little more to help with Michele’s medical costs. Seriously, you are all just beyond kind and generous! Michele’s sweet friend, Mara (many of you know her as Orangeknits) has set up a GoFundMe campaign! Here is a link if you are willing and able. No matter if you can give financially, or just by sending Michele all of your healing thoughts and love - it just means so much. Thank you!!!
Adaptability. This word kept spinning around my head as this shawl grew on my needles. I wanted a shawl I could cast on with any weight of yarn, as many (or few) colors as inspired me, and I wanted to keep on knitting until I felt like stopping, no more and no less.
I am so excited to say, that Free Your Fade checked off everything on my list - and more! As a busy mama of two young children, I want my knits to be enjoyable, relaxing and just engaging enough to fill me up, but not wear me out!
My dreams came to life for this new pattern as I grabbed 3 of my favorite skeins of Republic of Wool - Metal Heart, Ripple, and a Misfit skein that sweet Michele dyed up for me! Everything else just fell into place and I love that this gradient shows how you can really play with mashing up colors together in unexpected ways! I tweaked the faded sections in this shawl a bit to extend the melt, and I love how it turned out!
Free Your Fade mixes two of my favorite textures- garter stitch and eyelets. It is the perfect canvas for all of my color craving from speckles to solids! I've got plans for a one color summery version knit up in Brooklyn Tweed's new Vale yarn, and come this fall, you bet I'll be knitting up a super chunky one with Hedgehog Fibre's Chubby. I'm also dreaming about using different weights within one shawl (think skinny singles and fuzzy mohair ;) ! The possibilities are truly endless!
As many of you know, I am a huge fan of Republic of Wool. I was thrilled when Michele participated in Yarn Babies last year and then when she agreed to help with my new fade - you better believe I was doing a happy dance! She has been such a big inspiration to me with the way she uses color. It has really motivated me to push past my comfort zone to start exploring more, and I am so happy I have!
Sadly, Michele is going through a very scary time right now, as she has been having difficulty with her eyes. From what she knows at this point, her doctors think she has Secondary Angle Closure Glaucoma being caused by cysts within her eyes. Her doctors have never seen anything like this in someone so young, but they do know she will need to have an operation to prevent vision loss. Most likely then followed by some other laser procedures. As you can imagine, this is incredibly stressful for her.
Michele has made our world so much brighter and more colorful with her gorgeous yarn, and I can think of no better way to thank her than to donate some of the proceeds of this shawl pattern to her surgery fund! I will be donating 15% off all Free Your Fade pattern sales through June 6, 2017. I hope we can all rally around her as she gets better. She has been so generous in dyeing up a few kits for Free Your Fade, all of which are unique. But please keep in mind, they will be very limited as she focuses on healing!