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.

23 comments:

  1. Hope you have enough to finish!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  2. Wonderful colour combination. I hope the yarn lasts.

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  3. These colors you chose remind me of the misty Winter morning skies... great!

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  4. Fingers crossed you have enough to finish, love the contrast a real delight.

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  5. Lovely combo. Can't wait to see it finished!

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  6. I got rid of all my stash once in a massive blanket and although I loved the blanket and was ready for a clear out - I missed my scraps too and so it begins again.... Jo x

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  7. Lovely knitting and colour choices as ever Kristen. Thank you for your dpn explanation, I've kept it to re-read when I dare to pick them up again! X

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  8. I hope you have enough! I like the choices of colours, unusual, but they work. I did a similar thing recently with trying to clear the stash-I fell in love with one of the yarns and ended up ordering more. Oops. But it was totally worth it.

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  9. Looks lovely so far! maybe you could use a different but similar grey as the background for the colorwork sections where it wouldn't be too noticeable?

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  10. Very nice indeed, so cosy and traditional but I love the pop of lemongrass and the subtle blue. x

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  11. fingers crossed!!!! (I once got really lucky and found someone on ravelry who had some old old discontinued yarn i needed to finish some socks.....if you get desperate.......?????)

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  12. love the colour combination. As to the stash, just don't fight it, you know you've got to have one, we all have, knitting just isn't the same without a stash!
    Caz xx

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  13. I really love your colour combination. Hopefully you won't run out of yarn.

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  14. I just discovered your cosy blog, I love to follow you! Love, Carolien

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  15. I think it is beautiful.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  16. Love grey and yellow together. Hope the sweater goes well.

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  17. Haven't you heard the saying that the one who dies with the most yarn wins??? I say you can never have enough yarn. Love the sweater. Your work is beautiful and you're very inspiring. Stay warm.

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  18. You said it right the colors are perfect together and I think you are perfectly right ... New year ... New yarn ... It sounds wonderful to me .... That is what I did (shhhh!) :)

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  19. Really lovely. I enjoy your blog entries and your photo's of the farm life. You are living my dream of having a wee hobby farm and do the work, reap the benefit and knit and other crafts. Happy New Year to you and yours.
    Victoria, BC
    Canada

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