Monday, January 12, 2015

Stormy Weather Sweater

My quest to knit the stash is ongoing. I wouldn't be myself, though, if I hadn't made at least one quirky choice, and this time it's the background color (Plymouth Galway Highland Heather 745) which is a lovely purple/gray wool, recycled from a huge and cable-y self-designed sweater I knit in 2009 and then never wore, and which is, aargh, discontinued. So that's been a whole bunch of fun, trying to outrun the diminishing quantity and not really knowing how much yardage there was in the first place, and it feels ill-advised because I don't know what I'll do when it runs out, but it was there in the cupboard, and the color feels perfect for this project. I love choosing the contrast colors, though, and I made several charts and then haven't been following any of them, because I'd really rather just decide as I go, with the probable palette scattered across the coffee table. I just kind of look for value contrast and pops of color and then wing it, which is great fun. Yes, that's Paton's Lemongrass. Isn't it good against the gray? It's like the sun peeking through the clouds, like a neon sign on a stormy day. Something about that combination is delicious to me. A project like this really makes me miss my scraps, and it might be time to rebuild the color stash, which is the opposite of what I'm trying to do here. And so it goes. I'll never clear out that cupboard, and it's probably just as well.