I’ve always loved bright colors. When I was 6 I convinced my parents to wallpaper my entire bedroom with a floral Monet print—thousands upon thousands of repeated yellow, blue, purple, and pink flowers. On all four walls. When I was 8 or 9, disco became my obsession. I plastered my room with yellow smiley faces, LED lights, and mirrored balls, and blasted KC and the Sunshine Band on the reg.
My love of color stuck with me into my design career, and I couldn’t help but add large splashes on everything I created. Lime, yellow, lavender, neon orange—nothing was ever off limits to me.
In the last two years, however, I have felt the desire to tone it down. Sometimes an all black ensemble feels calming—a way for me to blend into my surroundings so that I can remain as flatlined as possible. That had me wondering whether I was changing my taste or just feeling like my light had dulled from the insanities of the last couple of years.
In my reliably-restless state, I was craving to knit something that actually resembled a garment. If you remember my posts of yore, I have stuck to accessories and/or square/rectangle based accoutrements. These felt doable to me. But as a lover of fashion with an eye on the knitwear gracing the runways these days, I wanted to step up my game.
ENTER THE SWEATER VEST.
My coworker, friend, and personal yarn guru Allison Volek Shelton introduced me to PetiteKnit some time ago and I really loved the ease and sophistication of her designs. Her Holiday Slipover seemed like the perfect thing to get me started knitting garments.
I had been wanting to use our Atlas yarn since it landed in our warehouse, and—held double—it was a perfect fit for this project. I felt hesitant when it came to choosing the color.
Did I really want a chunky oversized sweater vest in a loud color? Would I feel too exposed? Embarrassed? Uncomfortable? All of these feelings could be true, but something deep inside of my little Ashley soul was begging for some light.
And so the Citron Sweater Vest was born. A gushy, mushy, unapologetic FIRST knitted garment to brighten my life and wardrobe. If you’re in the Nashville area and you see something in your peripheral that resembles someone that rhymes with Fig Fird that’s me.
I think it’s okay to search out a reason to feel brave and this was it for me. I needed a push to feel okay being visible in the world. And THAT, my friends, is the magic of fashion.
The prize? Two skeins of Atlas—winner’s choice of color(s)—and a copy of Field Guide No. 9: Revolution to add some fashion magic to your wardrobe with Norah Gaughan’s Ironworks Beret. Here it is in Mouse:
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The beret only takes 1 skein, but this way the winner can choose 2 colors. More color = more happiness!
How to enter?
Step 1: Sign up for our weekly newsletter, Snippets, right here. If you’re already subscribed, you’re set.
Step 2: Which shade(s) of Atlas would add the dash—or splash—of color your mood needs now? Let us know in the comments.
Deadline for entries: Sunday, October 2, 11:59 PM Central time. We’ll draw a random winner from the entries. Winner will be notified by email.