Alright folks, we have survived what I call the "week of crazy".  The Avengers opened with great success -- a new box office record and an absolutely incredible film.  If you have not seen it yet, you must go check it out.  My love of Jeremy Renner has only grown (really, who's surprised by that)  Just have some patience with the staff of the theater -- we've been run ragged by the huge crowds.  I don't know about elsewhere, but my theater was sold out all weekend.

So today, as a respite from work, I have the urge to do some swatching.  Over the weekend I received a box from Knit Picks with some yarn for two patterns from the new Holla Knits collection -- the Holla Back Tank and Umbre Lovre.  Both of these are gorgeous patterns and I would like to knit up both of them to take on my honeymoon in *gulp* three months.  But I can't decide which to knit first!

The thing I love about the Holla Knits collection is that there is a Knit Picks sample for everything.  Allyson seems to really want an affordable product, and Knit Picks is a great option for affordable without that summer camp arts and crafts feeling.  To that end, I bought a fantastic quantity of yarn for very little.

First up, Gloss in the Bordeaux colorway for the Holla Back Tank.  I love the interest of this piece and the purpley-wine color is one I know will work on my very pale skin (I've decided not to go the traditional route and am not bothering to try to get a tan for the wedding.  Too much work).

Door number two is the Comfy Sport for Umbre Lovre.  I wrote about this during Knitting and Crochet Blog Week and it really is a pattern that appeals to my fantasy wardrobe aesthetic (the one where all my geeky tshirts are paired with flattering shorts or skirts and everyone admires my fashion forward style).  And yes, I bought the exact yarn in the pattern sample. The colors are perfect and since I've never done a colorwork sweater it's great to just let someone else do the work.

So here's my question, dear readers -- Which one do I knit first?  I have a bucket of yarn and am overwhelmed by my choices.  Help a girl out?


  1. I'm so flattered that you are struggling with this decision! I know they will both look amazing, so I'd probably cast them both on and trade off when I'm feeling one or the other. Love that you chose my same colors for the Umbre Lovre! I can't wait to see both of them!

  2. I love that purple colour so I would cast on with that that! By the way, good for you in not tanning for your wedding. I'm a great believer in getting married looking the way you normally look, but nicer, if you know what I mean. I don't like it when women lose tonnes of weight to get married and then put it back on because that is what size they normally are and starving themselves long term just hurts!. I would want my wedding photos to look like ME!

    1. I totally know what you mean. I like the way I look, so I'll be getting married as my pale, short-haired, glasses-wearing self.

  3. I vote For the WINE named and Wine colored Bordeaux! It is gorgeous

  4. The colors in that Umbre Lovre are truly lovely! Have fun trying the colorwork!