Experiment In Colour

How does the saying go?  I think it’s “April showers bring May flowers” and boy are we getting showers over here in my neck of the North East woods.  I feel as if winter’s still here.   Dark, gloomy, gray, very wet days have become all too frequent.  Despite what the weather’s like, I’ve decided to enjoy Spring in my choice of colours for the projects I’m working on this week.  I’ve decided to experiment with colour combos and brighten up my dreary days with vibrant colour!

Experiment In Colour

I wasn’t sure if this peach and magenta combo on my Duotone Cowl (original image below) was going to work.

source: original design and colour combo from Orange Flower Yarn (on Ravelry)

I laid them out together one day, looked at them for another 48 hours then decided to take the plunge.  So far so good … I think I like it.  I’m hoping the magenta doesn’t overpower the peach once I get to the second set of repeats where the magenta would be the dominant colour.  This project is another simple one with great teaching opportunities.  In addition to being a colour experiment, I needed to learn crochet provisional cast on since the cowl will be eventually joined using kitchener stitch.  If I didn’t get enough of seaming that way with my first mitten, ha … this project is going to make an expert out of me.  The other technique is making jogless stripes … honestly, it looks messy to me but I was assured that the stitches would smooth out once the project is done and blocked.   The miles of stockinette makes it perfect for what my friend Elisa calls …  Knitflixing (aka watching Netflix while knitting).

The second project is more of a mental experiment in colour.  I would NEVER pick  that shocking green colour as an option for a solid blanket but my little cousin did.  Shown above is the yarn/colour he chose to make the Sutter Mill Cable Throw that he made me promise to make him after he saw my 2014 Mood blanket.  Strangely enough, although the colour is so startlingly bright to me, I have to admit that it’s kinda cheery to work with on those grey days and I can’t wait to see the cables forming.  Here’s the original pattern — one of the four blankets I plan to make this year:

source: LionBrand Studio

I’m making this all together instead of doing 5 stripes then seaming.  It might take a little longer this way but I don’t mind.  I know it will also get heavier the larger it gets but I’ll just have to lay it down while I work on it.  There was NO WAY  I was going to do the five strips individually … NO WAY!!!  😀  I just have to pay attention to where I make the cable crosses since three are to the right and two are to the left.

So?  What are you working on?  Anything fun, bright or using a Spring palette?  Any new techniques?  What’s your favourite jogless stripes method?  Talk to me in the comments!  😀

Craft Therapy

When life gets crazy, I do what I know how to do — pray and craft.  There’s been a whole lot of good and a whole lot of crazy mixed in so I have a few things to show you.  😀

Today frustrations drove me to this — starting a cover for my hot water bottle using this pattern:

source: wooly ewe on Ravelry

I’m using some 100% pure Peruvian wool for it in a lime green shade.  That should make it good and toasty!!!  I’ll be done with this in a few days so you should see my version by sometime next week.

But even before the crazy today, my hands have been busy.   You’ve heard me go on about the Harry Potter forum on Ravelry so I’ll spare you some more Potterhead yammering, 😀  and I’ll just say that all the following projects were based of HP prompts and submitted for class consideration in the game.  Lemme just go directly to post, directly to showing you what I’ve been up to.  😀

Cozy Winter Hat

My Project Page: Be Inspired

Pattern Designer: NaturallyKnitty

Pattern Name: Quick & Easy Slouchy Hat

Mods: I took two inches off the body to decrease the slouchy factor so the hat can fit me perfectly as a beanie

I also finished two arm knitting infinity scarves.

Arm Knitting Cowl -  Sienna

My project Page: The Forgotten

Pattern Designer: Unknown.

Resource used: Michaels Store Arm Knitting Video

Mods: none

Status: Being frogged.  That’s ripped out for you non knitters!  😀

Some of the stitches got snagged when a friend sat on my couch and it’s hard to position them back so I’m ripping and doing it again.  It only took me 20 mins the last time so I don’t fee too bad about re-doing it.

I’ve also been a cabling fiend and did this for a friend.  I can’t say too much more about this project and I’m not adding any project details since my friend that it’s going to reads this blog and it’s a surprise gift for her. 😛

It was high praise indeed when Malabrigo Yarns (seller of the yarn I used) liked the picture on Instagram.  😀

The Lonely Cable Cowl

I’ve also been fooling around with folk art weaving and the Museum of American Folk Art threw a like my way on Instagram after I posted this project.  I wanted to do something which represents all the HP teams on Ravelry and this is what I came up with.   The project definitely has piqued my interest in folk art weaving so expect to see some more of that here.  I’m really digging the free-form aspect of this type of weaving and am excited to create some more patterns of my own.  I did this on a lap loom designed for such ease of use, even children should be able to crank out his/her own creations in a flash.

Quidditch Match 4 II

This project is a lovely addition to the empty wall space that’s above my plant stand.  It looks like it’s been there all the time or at least as if it belongs there!

I have one other project to share but that comes with a bit more conversation so I’ll leave that for either later this week or on the weekend.

I know you all must be going nuts with Christmas crafting; now that the HPKCHC competition is over until January, I need to make a trip around blogland to see what you all have been up to!