Thursday, July 17, 2014

Muddle

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Knitting.  I know I have too many projects in progress, because I can’t even remember what they all are anymore.  Consequently, the work basket is teetering with yarn and no matter how much I work on all of my half-stitched cardigans and scarves and blankets and wraps, there is no noticeable change in them, but wow, casting on something new is so much fun!  So much promise.  Each time, I just know this is going to be the cardigan that Changes My Life.  It’s no way to finish anything, let me tell you.  This heathery pink waterfall cardigan with its plain but interesting construction and fab-looking lacy rib pattern grabbed me, so I dove in, made a mistake right away, muddled along for sixty rows without realizing the error, and now it sits there while I decide whether to rip it out.  I could just keep repeating the mistake every time, and who would care?  I don’t know.  So I switch to patchwork, which totally has me by the horns right now anyway.  It’s a good thing there are so many different ways to play with needles and string.

Off-topic:  if I were to dye wool yarn using black raspberries, what color do you think would result?  Brown?  Plum?  Soft brownish-pinky gray?  (she said, clasping her hands beneath her chin most hopefully.)  The hedge is teeming with them, and we haven’t even eaten all the jam from last year. 

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  1. Hi, I'm not the only one with too many projects in progress.
    Have a nice day!
    Lucie

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  2. :-) Sounds like my house! Yarn and half finished projects galore.
    Good luck with your wool dyeing; I've never tried it so wouldn't begin to know what color you'll end up with.
    Take care :-)

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  3. Well, I am right in the middle of finishing some unfinished projects..sigh..not easy, cannot wait to start something new. Black raspberries? maybe pinky taupe? I have no idea..

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  4. Well I can't see an obvious mistake, so I say keep repeating it and make it your own "design element."

    I'm guessing you'd get something more in the gray family with the dying, but that's only based on an unsuccessful attempt at dying eggs with blueberries. Gray is bad in food, but good in yarn! Go for it!

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  5. I can't see a mistake with your knitting but if it's always going to annoy you then rip it out. And if the thought of ripping it out makes you think you don't care so much about letting the mistake go then just forget about it and carry on. I'm at the point of finishing several projects. It feels good! Of course there are many others already started.

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  6. Soft brownish-pinky gray is my guess. Do a very small color test to see if it's worth your effort! Looks like a pretty sweater, error or not. :-)

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  7. brownish I would say, there are tonnes here too. It is going to be a big one - we make wine with them - Whoooooo! I have too many funny cardigans on the go too. Jo x

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  8. HAHA so I am not the only one with 10,000 projects going at once. Although this summer is the summer of finishing-so far 3 quilts and 3 crocheted blankets but oh how I have to grit my teeth to control myself NOT to start a new project-there are some seriously beautiful x st samplers calling my name. Annie

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  9. Haha! Same here: all kinds of tissues and yarn calling me! And plants and bushes in the garden as well. They call out rather loudly for a good cut.

    Brigitte
    http://homeiswherethedachshundis.blogspot.be/

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  10. on the brown-ish side


    check here

    http://everything-allatonce.blogspot.com/2008/07/yarn-barf-adventure-into-natural-dyeing.html

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  11. How annoying to have worked up so many rows before you realized the error. I would keep going ... embrace the error!! Anytime I've stepped on a black caps it comes out a purple smoosh on my sock. But then I never bother to check how that purple has changed wash after wash. I'm guessing a soft lavender-like grey. I hope you try it, because now I'm curious! Wendy

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  12. Opinions are like belly buttons...everyone has one! haha I personally would correct the error where you left out a decorative row (center of photo). I have found that as I have grown older, I feel less impatient to finish a piece of work and more to making it the best that I can. Even long after I have finished something with and error in it, my eyes go right to it and I feel a jab of regret for not taking the extra time to go back and fix it. Best of luck which ever way you go with it. PS your knitting is beautiful - Robin Elaine

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    1. Ooops! I proofread this entry once, I should have done it twice. I found an error. haha Robin Elaine

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  13. I love the different stitch pattern and what little slip you make will make it unique to you, no one else will have the same

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  14. depends on the colour you start with for your dying!
    love your "work in progress"

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  15. Hi Kristen, love your blog. Can you direct me to the pattern for your cardigan? I love it..the pattern has "grabbed" me too. :)

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    1. It's the Waterfall Cardigan from the current issue of Vogue Knitting (Early Fall 2014, I think.) Good luck with yours! :)

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    2. Thank you very much Kristen! Do let us know what you decide to do with yours. I am in the same predicament myself right now..except my mistake was adding in a color that is now bothering me. So I too have to decide whether to rip all my hours of work or leave it. I know me..I will probably rip it back, because I won't like it unless I do. Good luck with your decision Kristen, I'm sure you will make the right one for you. :)

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  16. You probably will NOT get a purple, or if you do it will be 'fugitive' and fade. Even a beige or gray will probably not be sun-fast. That is the major problem with using purple fruits for dyes. :) Helen

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    1. Ah, bummer--I was hoping it would make one of those weird, neutral, gross grayish colors that most people don't want, but that I want more than anything. Well, looks like I'll just have to eat all the raspberries! :)

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  17. what is the pattern for your 'muddle' afghan ? really pretty pattern !!

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