Yes I know. The mention of color? From me? The person you can hardly ever see without at least one article of black clothing?
It’s true. I do have a bit of a soft spot for colors now and then. If you follow our Instagram account you may have seen a photo or two of some brightly colored skeins I picked out amongst our orders from our beloved On The Round— shockers, to be sure! Not only do I peek into the Bright and Colorful camp some of the time, but I also have quite the fascination when it comes to finding eye catching color work shawls! I may enjoy sticking to my knit-and-felted dolls, but I’m starting to build a pattern collection of these beauties. Here’s what I found this week!
I spent Christmas in upstate New York this year, with Brooks’ lovely family. After almost 11 hours of travel (thank you, holiday traffic), I was greeted by three enthusiastic Labradors and a plate of homemade cookies! Their tree was all lit up, the Christmas music was playing — this family knows how to really celebrate. They also have “cozy” all figured out. Brooks’ dad, in particular, has a stunning collection of warm sweaters:
Aren’t they glorious? Brooks’ mom estimates that his dad may have close to 30 sweaters (the one at the lower right with the beautiful colorful trim around the neck is hers). She knit the one at the lower right! At the far top left is a handknit beauty direct from Norway that I did some repairs on this summer. As I went to unpick the collar, I discovered that the original knitter had done an extremely good job in weaving in her ends — it took me 15 minutes to find the end, and another 15 minutes to unpick it.
Now that Christmas is over, we can finish up our late Christmas gifts start new projects for ourselves! Wouldn’t a gorgeous colorwork sweater be perfect for the chilly, gray months to come? I hope that you all had a lovely holiday and that 2017 brings you lots of joy and happiness! Starling the Labrador reminds you to stay cozy!
While I was photographing my Goldfish sweater today, the Jaws theme song popped into my head. I’ve only just got the top edge of my fish actually knitted, and I found myself imagining that if they had dorsal fins, they’d be ominously slicing through the water, ready to devour a hapless swimmer. Luckily, these are cute and cuddly goldfish, sans dorsal fins. You can just see their backs/heads and a tiny tip of each tail. It may not look like much yet, but I’m so excited!
There’s something very magical about watching a pattern develop. Whether it’s colorwork or a textured stitch pattern, or even just the basic shape of a project, I love watching something emerge from repetitive motions of yarn and sticks. It’s one thing to see it on a chart, but it’s an entirely different kettle of fish (haha) to see the chart translated into actual fabric. Now we just have to hope that my floats aren’t too tight. Cross your fingers!