Guest Post on Made in USA Challenge


Photo Credit: Mountain Meadow Wool Yarns

I have a guest post today on a great blog, Made in USA Challenge. I’m talking about American sourced and spun yarn companies, including lots of links to purchase some amazing yarn. Please check it out. Thanks!


Neon Knits

The neon trend has been around for awhile now. But unlike the neon trend of my youth, this time around it is a lot more subtle. Rather than wearing 3 or 4 neon colors at once, people are choosing one pop of neon. I really like the look of neon paired with white or gray. I have been knitting a lot of baby items lately (my little man is due in 12 weeks!), but my next project will be something for me. I am really tempted to throw in a little neon. Here are some of my inspirations.

Brioche Cowl from the Purl Bee – FREE Pattern

Neon Knit

Neon – Pattern available on Ravelry

Yellow and Gray Chevron Sweater – from but basic pullover pattern

Crossroads Hat – Pattern available on Ravelry

Neon Triangle Pillow

Yarns to try:

Edison Bulb by Madelinetosh

Pop Rocks by Madelinetosh

Citron by Cascade Yarns

Highlighter by Manos del Uruguay

Shocking by Manos del Uruguay

Oceana by Madelinetosh

Baby Dino Sophisticate

I recently cast off on the super cute Baby Sophisticate cardigan. This was actually my second Baby Sophisticate as I frogged my first attempt. This sweater is part of a gift set that includes the Dino Cap I finished a while ago. My first attempt at this sweater was in green and orange to match the hat, but I just didn’t like the color combo in sweater form. I learned a lot of techniques with this project, and I am really happy with how it came out.


Some of my mods:

  • My gauge did not match the pattern, so I cast on an additional 10 stitches.
  • I slipped the first and last stitch knitwise on each RS row, and purled all stitches on the WS. I found that this gave my knitting a more consistent look with the slipped stitches. This method is known as the English Method. I learned about it here.
  • When I knit the cuffs on the sleeves, I used Kathryn Ivy’s method for knitting jogless garter stitch in the round. Super easy and gave a more professional look to the sleeves.
  • I used Jeny’s Super Stretchy Bind Off. Easy to learn and works great!


Rather than just assuming I knew how to do some knitting techniques, I decided to google everything to see if there was something I was missing. Here are the new techniques that I learned while knitting this project:


Pattern: Baby Sophisticate by Linden Down
Yarn: Berroco Vintage in Green and Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Gray Heather
My Ravelry project: Baby Dino Sophisticate