(i know—it’s just a taste; there’s a lot more to be viewed when the pattern is released)
the thing about knitting lots of lace is that most often i am working with subtle variegates or nearly-solid yarn. i have stuff that is more boisterous though, and periodically, i realize that i am using the noisy, more-flamboyant yarns in my stash to
stretch my imagination flex my design skills in a new way rebel.
i don’t even particularly like wide-striped socks, but i love this yarn AND the colors in it—or maybe especially because of them. it’s a challenge to come up with a fresh way to use yarn like this . . . and yet i need to entertain myself down the long cuff that is my preference and over the long foot that is not (but it’s what i got anyway).
these socks are super comfy; the gusset heel and premium yarn offer a precise fit which i appreciate. and what aout that striping pattern (do you mind if we marvel again over it??). i mean right down to the toe point, those stripes maintain the correct width to fit in with the rest of the sock.
normally i don’t care at all if striped socks match, but as with the merlot vine pair i knit with this same yarn brand, i am making the effort to match this pair (to the best of my ability).
and when i’m not working with that yarn, i’m having a lot of fun with these
another joyfully noisy yarn that i relish every minute with. adam has outdone himself completely with this one (truly, this is superior yarn; you’re gonna love it). and now, he has the kit listed here in both colorways. the pattern (which includes five sizes from child to large adult) is in test knitting now, so it won’t be long.
the thing is, working with noisier yarns presents its own challenges—not all stitch patterns work with the often high-contrasting colors in variegated yarn. and lots of ideas that sounded great when you were staring at the skein look positively awful in the knitted fabric. that’s just the way it is. and once in a while i like to take on that challenge and try to come up with ways to have some fun with these yarns.
when i look around there’s even more evidence of a rebellion going on,
though this one is not so much noisy as . . . . spicy? not sure but i know it’s part of my whole mood this week (lotsa small projects in yarn i would never knit into a shawl—not that there’s anything wrong with that—it’s just me and my taste).
anyhow, i really do appreciate everyone who wrote in to say “save the mitt!! (and make a scarf!)”.
thank you for that . . . i feel incredibly well-supported in this mitt endeavor, thank you. and i will knit a scarf—just because you asked me to (actually i had that on the drawing board, but it was SO good to get votes for it without asking or supplying the power of suggestion).
i have one project that’s not so flash (it’s a little flash, but not as much as i thought it would be)
here it is in the glow of the sunset last evening; you can see that the bamboo fiber really picks up and reflects the light. here’s another photo from this morning in a spot where i didn’t have such direct sun
(i added a little more to them late last night) debbieKitter’s husband steve has been asking for some time that she knit him a sock with diamonds (and he loves bamboo blend yarn). i do think we have diamonds here—and triangles, and pillars—but i don’t know if they’ll pass muster (he’s an architect; i’m sure he has something specific in mind that the word “diamonds” doesn’t really capture). but just in case he doesn’t like these, i have other diamond stitches i can try . . . and other people who will love them, in fact.
and with that folks, i think i will say good evening and get on with my work.