This week, general life has been filled with interesting situations with opportunities to make well thought out, deliberate choices and my craft life has been no different.  Now that I have two spindles of similar weight — an Ashford and a Bosworth — I figured it was time for me to spin two braids so I could do a two ply mix.  But of course, since I have multiple options, I’m kinda stuck deciding which of the combinations I want to mix into my final yarn skein.


The top braid is an October House beauty — Falkland Combed Top, in colourway Lupine — I got for my birthday and the other two are Knitpicks Highland wool roving in Amethyst Heather (purple) and Wild Rose Heather (pink) I bought at last year’s Cyber Monday sale blowout.  Both are long staple length so I’m not worried about which way I’ll spin them, I’m going on right now about colour combination.

I’m thinking that the Amethyst Heather with Lupine would be a lovely contrast complementing the dark shades of purple in Lupine and highlighting the Lilac shades OR Rose Heather as a more muted option just blending into the mix and keeping the final plied yarn more spring like and light.

Now this is where you come in.  😛

Let me know through the poll which of the combinations you like:

And while you’re at it, would you consider making another choice?

I was contacted by designer, Maria Yarley aka ElegantEconomy on Ravelry, to help support a fellow knitter who’s been having a really tough time.  Maria created the pattern — Graceful Pullover — as a fundraiser for our fellow knitter.   The goal is 1000 sales by the end of November but if you aren’t in a position to purchase now, would you consider doing it in the future or at least adding it your queue, favourites or maybe sharing it with a friend who might have a sweetie this pullover would be perfect for?  However you decide to help, the choice is yours and very much appreciated!

photo credit: Misi Photo

The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.

Albert Schweitzer

14 thoughts on “Choices

  1. Elisa (elisadallomo) November 1, 2014 / 7:06 am

    My answer might be a “too much work” one buuut it’s one I’d consider myself……. how about spinning/plying a bit of each combo? I know, I know….. but it’s the easiest way for you to see which combination you like better.. 🙂

    • Nicky November 1, 2014 / 10:01 am

      Ya killing me but it makes absolute sense. That’s one of the reasons why we’re buddies … you test me creatively and I hate and love it! LOLOL! ❤

      • Elisa (elisadallomo) November 2, 2014 / 9:03 pm

        Well, I’m glad! Just remember the old adage: “photographs, or it did not occur”..

        • Nicky November 2, 2014 / 9:08 pm

          LOLOLOL! It’s funny you say that, I striped the sample pieces from the braids earlier and they’re now hanging out on the couch. Hoping to spin like the wind tomorrow.

          • Elisa (elisadallomo) November 3, 2014 / 7:17 am

            Yay!!!!! I’ll be waiting, then. I’m interested to see how they’ll play together, too.

  2. Rae October 31, 2014 / 4:30 pm

    I voted, I’m excited to see your finished results no matter what you use! Thanks for sharing about the pattern, it’s really pretty and I hadn’t heard about it before. I don’t have any little girls to knit for but I purchased it anyway, it may be useful someday or maybe I can upsize it for myself 🙂

    • Nicky November 1, 2014 / 10:02 am

      You’re welcome friend! I’m getting ready to spin in a few hours and I’ll definitely be back to show you all the results. 😀

  3. Preeti October 31, 2014 / 1:00 pm

    Voted and added the pattern 🙂 You had a birthday??? Happy Belated Birthday my sweet friend!!!!

    • Nicky November 1, 2014 / 10:02 am

      Thank you! You’re on time cause I celebrate for the entire month of October!!! 😀

  4. Tracey October 30, 2014 / 6:27 pm

    I voted!
    The Graceful pullover is a nice pattern for a good cause isn’t it? I have it already in my library and hope to cast on soon. I am thinking I will make an orange one for my orange loving wee girl.
    Have a great weekend.

    • Nicky November 1, 2014 / 10:04 am

      It really is for a great cause; I love how the knitting community galvanizes when one of us is in need. I think I might make this for my god-daughter also. I just have to make sure I have enough pink yarn! 😀

  5. purltoo October 30, 2014 / 2:04 pm

    Ordering the pattern now. Thank you for sharing about it . Linda.

    • Nicky November 1, 2014 / 10:04 am

      You’re welcome love! ❤

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