Winter is almost over (fingers crossed), I’ve finished knitting the Snowflake jersey, sewn it up and am now admiring the way the motifs match up where the sleeve joins the body. Yes, I know it should do that but while knitting is in progress there is always a tiny seed of self doubt and then the quality of sewing up can make or break the final look. Verdict: I am relieved and happy; the dark navy background with white snowflake motifs is quite striking; a Debbie Bliss design in her Fall/Winter 2011 magazine.
If the timing seems out of kilter fear not, I was working to a southern hemisphere winter delivery date for that project, we’re in good time.
The arrival of spring here is providing me with all the encouragement I need to crack on with the rose garden crochet blanket based on the Dune shawl pattern. I’m working to a plan to finish this by early summer when the Paris rose gardens that first inspired the idea are in full bloom.
Two yarns in particular have turned out beyond my expectations. The nuances of the colour shifts in the dark green yarn “Lost Meadow” (Sokkusu Original from Socktopus) and the greenish-beige Araucania yarn (Botany Lace) are both superb; they blend or blossom depending on the yarn colour each is next to. I love working with colour and this project is a perfect counterpoint to a monochrome one, or something that requires more precise matching of pattern and yarn gauge.
Also on the needles: the third sock project for my Socks with Sarah knitalong. These ones are called “Hermione’s everyday socks” and the purple/orange yarn is Thunder and Blazes (Sokkusu Original by Socktopus).
Did I say I like using lots of colour? I do. But I don’t wear all colours, only those “prescribed” in my Chroma Autumn colour wallet. Warm browns, gold, red, rust, teal blue, emerald greens, olive, periwinkle, beige, peach and ivory. I love these colours; I do not deviate from them, it’s liberating rather than limiting. When, for example, fashion dictates that black and white hounds tooth check, or nautical navy stripes are “in” I am spared. Those colours look great on other people, not me. I still like them. I especially enjoy knitting them for my nearest and dearest; there is nothing better than admiring the finished product when it suits the wearer to a Tee.
PS: yarn details
Sokkusu O colours “Lost Meadow” and “Thunder & Blazes” fingering weight 100% superwash merino yarn from L’Oisivethe Paris.
Araucania, Botany Lace, colour PT1652, fingering weight 100% merino from Le Bon Marche, Paris.