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  • Jen Johnson began knitting in 2007 while pregnant with her daughter and does most of her knitting for her daughter and son. When she couldn’t find the patterns she wanted, she added designer to her job titles of Navy wife and mother. Jen loves the inspiration she gets from all the beautiful yarns available, as long as she doesn’t get distracted by—ooh, shiny!
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A child’s inspiration

The ladies at TAAT Designs recently did an interview with me that is now posted on their blog. Hop on over and check it out!

I was asked in the interview about my inspiration and one of the ones I listed was my children…but I don’t limit myself to my children. I’ve been spending the last several days at my brother’s house, visiting with him, my sis-in-law, my three-year-old niece, and my five-week-old nephew (meeting him was the main reason for our visit). Naturally, I arrived bearing knitted gifts. One of them is the sample for the design I’ve been posting about, so I’m keeping that one under wraps for now; the other is a Mossy Jacket.

I loved the Mossy Jacket pattern the first time I saw it. This was also one of those rare times when I found myself wanting to recreate the original as closely as possible, including the color, but I wanted to do it from my stash if possible. Fortunately, I had several skeins of Three Irish Girls Lindon Merino, which was the right weight and has a slightly textured look, in the colorway Arboretum. The color was a bit different, skewing a bit towards the cooler colors with hints of purple, and with brown instead of copper, but I liked it, especially with the coordinating brown from the trim that Sharon dyed for me (amazingly, a near perfect match done a year later!).

Three Irish Girls Lindon Merino Arboretum (2)3IG Lindon Merino Brown Fantabulosity

The cardigan knit up very quickly, but I arrived at my brother’s house with it sans buttons. I didn’t have any in my stash that were the right color and size, so one morning I took my kids button shopping with me. Joann’s, I’ve found, as a much better button selection than I’d remembered it having, so I found several possibilities I liked, but none that seemed perfect. I had Jeffrey “helping” me, mostly to keep him occupied, but he kept shooting down all of the buttons I picked out. I had a set of blue-green buttons with a bit of a sheen that I thought were perfect, as they went with the main colors of the cardigan, but Jeffrey was strongest in his condemnation of those. Finally, a bit exasperated, I asked him what buttons he wanted. He looked over the buttons thoughtfully for a few moments, and then pulled a set off the hook and handed them to me. “This one,” he said firmly.

I eyed the red-purple buttons–in the same style as the blue-green ones, with a bit of a sheen–dubiously. The sweater was mostly in blues and greens, after all, but I held the buttons up to the sweater to check.

Moss in my Arboretum (5)

Jeffrey had seen what I had not–that the purples in the yarn went all the way from the blue-purples to the red-purples, and this button brought those out. The blue-green buttons were the obvious choice, but the red-purple was the exceptional one.

Moss in my Arboretum (3)

Guess Jeffrey will be my color consultant from now on.

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One Response

  1. Way to go Jeffrey!!!! Hope you and the family are having a great time…can’t wait to see the new design!

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