Dana’s Edit: Give Me All the Colors

September 13, 2019

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  • Dana, I really love your posts here! Your use of colour is amazing and you always find such excellent patterns. Thank you!

  • Dana exudes Joy! It is delightful to see all the blog photos as she wears her colorful sweaters, holding her best dressed dogs. Definitely inspirational! I think Yards of Happiness has evolved into Miles of Happiness. What a journey.

  • More More. I love being introduced to new patterns through Dana’s color-loving eye.

  • Dana you are such a talent! And seeing mini version on Jelly Bean always puts big smile on my face. Your sweaters fit you guys so well.

  • So excited to see two of my favorite (and local) knitwear designers featured here today! Dana always brings the best.

  • Love the feather sweater on the sweet dog..
    Deb

    • I have that dress and I need to stop pairing it with a black cardigan!

  • Dana your joy of what you do shines through in the words you write. but especially in your beautiful face and smile. Keep bringing the joy!

  • I love the colors in your matching Feathers. I knit a cat bed in those colors and with a similar look. It was years ago and I think it was from the first MDK book. I held two yarns together – an eyelash and a worsted to get that effect – before marling was really a thing. When Scooby passed, my daughter wanted him cremated in his bed because he loved it so much but your photos reminded me of it. Thanks for the happy memory!
    I also have a question. I am afraid to do a brioche sweater because I have found that even a quick dunk makes my brioche grow exponentially. What is the best way to wash a brioche sweater without having it turn out huge?

    • Wash your swatch so that you get the gauge right for when the sweater gets washed:-)

  • I don’t wear that much color but you may convert me. Your versions look so much better than the pics in here! I also love how u mix yarn brands. I do that too. Thanks for an excellent post! (Also thanks to having to click through to see your versions I now know about your fantastic blog!)

  • I always love reading Dana’s posts, and this one is just about my favorite. I’ve not knit any Brioche yet, but Vitamin B may get me there. Thank you for all of the colorful inspiration!

  • Reading what you have to say always makes me happy and inspired. Thank you so much.

  • Love the way you bring color (and your gorgeous smile) into everyone’s life. “Rainbows are my neutral.” 🙂 🙂 🙂 Thank you!

  • Dana you are so talented and creative. I have Mabels sister on my must knit list and now Photo. I am a curvy woman so Photo would be flattering! I am a big fan of color, I have a Steven West shawl with at least 6 brights. I started while battling pneumonia. It lifted my spirits. Dana, you combine yarns another favorite technique of mine, too. Thank you Dana, for the inspiration. I wish you a great academic New Year. I am a semi retired teacher.
    Thanks again, MDK love your posts. Your products, too. Just received 11 &12. Ex cited to try some new patterns.
    I encourage all my knitting friends to join the fun with MDK.

  • I love this article and ALL the sweaters, but stop the press!! I am floored with how beautiful Pretty Things Poncho is, it just got my eye. You just introduced Lavanya’s designs to me and I’m in love. Also Dana’s matching sweaters with her pup I can’t get over that! So adorable!
    Thanks MDK!

  • Hmm..the Vitamin B does look fun for a first attempt. But I have to say the matching Feather cardigans are the best!

  • Dana, you are a knitter after my own heart. I love your wardrobe (and Jellybean’s, too)!

  • I always love your posts. Full of color, wit, great ideas and inspiration! Never fails to make me smile. I only wish I could knit faster!!!

  • That settles it. When I go to Rhinebeck this year, I am going to look for some yarn that pops!

  • I LOVE your patterns, use of color, and generally…..just you ❤️

  • Dana, Your posts are so good. I love the patterns you find, and seeing your smiling face always brightens my day. I love your sense of color and your spirit and little Jelly Bean! THANK YOU!

  • Wow, those are really nice sweater choices. I like four of those and have added them to my “dream” list. (I don’t knit as quickly as you do.)

  • Count me in on the passion for color, and a growing love of brioche, too! I’m excited about a couple of these patterns — thanks for sharing!

  • I’ve had Vitamin B in my favorites for a while but this lovely article reminds me how much I liked it. So I need to figure out the yarn! I am actually thinking a rich mahogany color with the accent being a variegated cobalt blue, but grey and yellow is lovely too. Or dark teal and yellow…I think jewel tones are my neutrals 😉

    Thank you for including Inkwell in this article, too! What a stunning design. I am not usually one for black and white but the contrast is really striking.

    Jellybean looks nearly as stylish as Dana in his little sweater!

  • Dana, I am totally printing out a picture of you to look at when I feel blue. That smile ! in front of that blue wall! an uplifting kind of blue !!!

  • You’re adorable! I knit everyday as well.

  • Your color choices are so fabulous and fun!! ❤ You might like Luna by Anna Strandberg for a great brioche sweater that could make for amazing color combos. It’s been in my queue for way too long!

  • I am so obsessed with brioche right now, but all I’ve made are shawls and a hat. I love Vitamin B, with the peek of color through brioche! Thanks – and scritches for Jellybean!

  • Dana, every time I think I’ve read your best post, another “best” comes along. Love these sweater. Thanks so much.

  • This may be Jelly Bean’s most fun sweater yet – her little head and legs popping out from that bright three-dimensional fabric. But then I always say that. Chloe

  • Dana, you always manage to find the cutest patterns! I swooned as soon as I saw Mabel’s Sister – I have GOT to make that! Thank you again!!

  • I love your posts. I have been afraid of brioche, so your suggestions will definitely help me. I’m interested in trying Vitamin B.

  • I’m right in the middle of knitting Inkwell right now. It’s fun, and will result in a really distinctive knit. I was lucky enough to buy the yarn at the Amrisu Kyoto shop during a family trip to Japan – it’s going to be the ultimate holiday souvenir when it’s finished.

  • interesting comment about rainbows and neutral. In the grade 3 class in Waldorf education the children crochet close fitting hats that they have to fit to their own heads ie no pattern. Ideally the teacher has a basket of small balls of truly rainbow coloured yarns and the students are encouraged to change up their colours. If the colours are truly rainbow coloures any two will fit harmoniously together -saving the teacher from saying ‘are you sure you want those two together ?’ Same idea in early music classes – they use a pentatonic scale recorder – any two notes sound harmonious together so no such thing as a wrong note.
    Admire your prolific amount of lovely knitting for you and the wee dogs.

  • I love to see you are doing a column, Dana, because I find a big smile on my face when I see yours in the opening photo: it’s infectious. Your knitting choices are a breath of fresh air for me: they are usually patterns I’ve never seen or considered, and they are beautiful. Thank you!

  • Oh my. More sweaters on my queue AND with the guidance of the fabulous DJ. Time to get out of my color rut and get some pop in my wardrobe.

  • That photo of you and Jellybean just MADE MY WEEK!!! (I used to knit sweaters for my dachshunds, as I live in Minnesota, and those short legs and bare bellies are NOT conducive to winter walks. One would give me a look, like, “MOM! I don’t want to go out in THIS!” but the other would just strut out there like a major diva!)
    Please do a column on how you manage to knit SO MANY SWEATERS!!!! (My theory – you are a secretly a vampire and need no sleep!)

  • Not a fan of brioche AT ALL (well wouldn’t it be a boring world if we were all the same!) but Mabel’s sister has been in my queue forever. As to your Feather cardigan – WOW – its absoultely GORGEOUS! Thank you Dana – I always look forward to ypur posts on here as they make me smile and lift my heart. I too love bright colours and agree that they are THE greatest of mood lifters 🙂