lime rickey (caution: this post is about The Knitting. for real. and there aren’t any pictures of snow)
January 8, 2010
When Stacie visited in the fall, she brought me one of her lovely handspun yarns (along with some other amazing stuff, including an old factory punch-card clock I’m still deciding how best to use in a project). The colours are a little bit shocking, with all shades of grass and lilac jumbled together like a delightfully overgrown garden, and I didn’t want a pattern too complicated to fight with the striping. So I started knitting Anne Hanson’s Trevi, thinking that the chevron stripes in these colours would look old fashioned and cozy in a grandparents’ rec room in the 1970s sort of way. I got about this far
before accepting that the pattern (which is lovely) and the yarn (doubly so) were in no way flattering to one another. And that this was in danger of becoming the Ugliest Shawl in All Creation. Here’s a closer, if somewhat blurry, look at the mesh pattern (and at my inky fingers, which I totally didn’t wash after teaching printmaking, and then put all over my beautiful yarn because I am a COMPLETE SLOB):
So back into the ball she went. Since I think dead simple is the way to go here, I’m now trying out Citron from the latest Knitty to see if it’s any better. I’m still not sure I’m completely sold on the combination, but it’s definitely an improvement even if the striping does hide the beauty of the pattern shaping a bit. Here’s what I managed to knit up this morning while waiting for our faculty meeting to begin:
I think I have some better yarn for Trevi as well. Too bad I’m 687 kilometres away from my stash right now. D’oh.
Posted by jodi on January 8, 2010 at 11.51pm