Thursday, March 6, 2014

How one project leads to another

 

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Muted neutrals, fading stormy grays.  Non-colors.  Stately drear.

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This piece has a bit of antique flavor, like an old plaid lap rug from the carriage house.  I love the way the blocked-out ribbing, going against the grain of the color stripes, gives a gingham-ish, almost 3-D effect, like there is more to this in design than just stripes in ribbing, which, by the way, is my new favorite thing. 

On the needles, it looked like this:

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and it sorta looked like it could be a skirt if all else failed, and it might have been a cute skirt if left unblocked—file that idea away for later—but it of course it wasn’t meant to be a skirt. 

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This wrap was inspired by (but not knitted entirely to the specs of) the Wearwithall Shawl, made using KnitPicks Palette, one ball of each color, in marble heather, gosling, green tea heather, silver, ash, and hare heather, on a US 5 needle.  I was planning to use nine colors, but after six, it seemed wide enough, and I didn’t know how I would wear it if it got any wider.  It blocked out to about 18” wide, which seems just right.  Palette is a fingering weight/sock weight yarn, a teeny bit fuzzy, as if it’s angling toward wanting to be a Shetland-type wool, with a scruffiness I kind of like, and it comes in a bazillion colors.  It will felt with a stunning alacrity, so if you delve into this and use Palette, wash with care.  I didn’t happen to have a paper catalog handy, so I chose this color scheme by squinting at the 1/2” photos on my computer screen, and then hoped for the best.  I think it has a wonderful, casual country vibe, like old curtains in the window of the house at the lake.  Looking at it, I can imagine a whole blanket done this way, so fine and light, a summer blanket, a barely-there layer, and a hundred million hours of bland knitting, one row after another in casual stripes, choosing the next color when the time comes to choose it.  It would take ages.  It would be Epic.  A divine journey.  I am aching to start. 

30 comments:

  1. This is beautiful Kristin. I think the choice of wool made all the difference. I have a yarn crush on KnitPicks heathers, they are all so pretty. A blanket like this would be amazing.

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  2. I think the wrap you have made is elegant, Kristen!

    If you are hankering to knit a blanket check out Margrit Lohrer's Morehouse Farm Merino Knits, and look on page 25. That is my dream blanket [not necessarily in those colors or that pattern that is made in a tube, then you have to CUT it!!! but just look at it and see if you see why I am smitten.] She used Morehouse Merino 3-Strand and size 4 or 5 circular needles in stockinette stitches......a LOT of them for a 50" x 70" slightly felted blanket. I bought a kit from MF with their bulky weight yarn years ago and have made some progress in knitting the blanket, but someday I hope to knit the dream blanket I described.....and I am certain you could have either blanket done by tomorrow if you started right now :) What do you think? I hope you give it a try!

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    1. I'll hunt down the book and have a look! Of course, all you have to say is "blanket" and I'm interested... ;)

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  3. Love your shawl and the colors. I absolutely live grays this year. I think a blanket would be gorgeous ... To go with all the other gorgeous ones you have made...:)

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  4. Beautiful wrap Kristen and those colours .... subtle and gorgeous! I think a blanket is a MUST. Just out of interest, how many sts were you working with??? xxx

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  5. That is beautiful Kristen, you have a great eye for colour - the colours you chose would not have been my first choice but they work SO well together. I LOVE it!
    I agree with you, I like the gingham effect and a blanket would be stunning.
    Thank you for sharing xx

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  6. so unbelievably gorgeous!!!!!!! I love the colors and everything about it.

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  7. Amazing how the blocking makes such a difference!! I like your colour combination. xx

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  8. This is simply beautiful. Well done.

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  9. and it will take you a minute! lol

    beautiful scarf/wrap

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  10. Yo will be done with the epic blanket in a week. Love the shawl/scarf, gorgeous colors.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  11. Kristen, this is a beautifully subtle design, both in stitch and color. Your knitting is a marvel!

    xo

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  12. Oh, I love it - and I certainly know how one project leads to another. I got stuck on some english paper piecing last week and just last night found myself cutting fabric for a NEW project!? What? I love your color scheme. Gray is so peaceful to me.

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  13. This is really classy and the colours are simply stunning x

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  14. It is beautiful. Am astounded at what blocking can do!

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  15. really beautiful color choices. How many stitches did you CO? I'm inspired to try one!

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  16. You did a really great job - it looks beautifull - you are right about the vintage feel - love you colour choices.

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  17. It. Is. Gorgeous. I love it! Just lovely.....

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  18. It's a beautiful wrap! I love the description of your blanket anticipation. A summer blanket ... gives you time to enjoy the journey. I can feel the lightness of the blanket already :) Happy Knitting.

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  19. I have a Wearwithall scarf in the works right now but I hope to finish it by next year! Your productivity astounds me!
    Beth F

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  20. This is perfect, beautiful ... oh, how I want one!

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  21. That is just beautiful. I love the colours and the lightness of the knit. Perfect!

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  22. Jana took the words right out of my mouth! However many stitches did you have to cast on? I would love to do this - you have made a beautiful item!

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  23. I really like that effect with the ribbing 90 degrees to the stripes. Yes, it really would look great as a blanket!! Great idea

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  24. Beautiful colours... and what a dream of a blanket it would make!

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  25. I love this shawl and hat pair. The colors suit each other so well :) have a great day!
    Lisa
    www.needlesandwool.blogspot.com

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  26. I love the colors, they are just right for everyday!

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