As a five year old my favourite colour was rainbow - I simply couldn't choose between the many wonderful hues my child eyes saw and drew on paper. I particularly loved the way making stripes of different colours side by side gave the effect of something overwhelmingly glorious and beautiful.
I have seen many rainbows arch across the horizon and they never fail to delight. I am reminded of God's promise in scripture - a covenant of love and care for all of creation. A rainbow is an invitation to both receive care and give care to the living things around us.
A few months ago I came across a clever cardigan pattern "Kyllikki" by Vera Valimaki in her book of striped knitting. I modified the design slightly to allow for me to use a range of 4 ply yarns I had stashed up (or leftover from other projects) and create a woollen rainbow of sorts. I am so pleased with the result and love that I can wear it with so many items in my wardrobe. You can see my Ravelry notes for it here.
I also went through my fabric scraps and cut out a bunch of linen and cotton squares with the hope to make a rainbow dress with quilted panels - maybe 9-patch squares or flying geese. I am inspired by the many, incredible patchwork dresses I've seen around the web - like this one.
Following the success of my stripy cardigan, I made a very tiny one for my sister who is having a baby early next year. I followed the Fuss Free Baby Cardigan pattern & the "rolled edge cap" pattern using super wash 8ply yarn scraps I had in my stash. My sister is a lover of bright and eclectic colours so I hoped this little set would bring joy. I am looking forward to snuggling my new little niece or nephew and knitting many soft layers for them //
ABOUT the author
Emily Clare Sims is a farmer and mama to three young boys. Each day she looks for ways to notice beauty, contemplate her faith and savour the seasons...