This time, I had a little more time so I chose to wind up the skein of Fleece Artist Casbah that I bought from Alice at Socktopus. This is sumptuous yarn, with just a touch of cashmere to give it a lovely texture. Looking at the colour of the yarn it reminded me of a packet of rose hip tea that I had just finished. The red is rich and autumnal and warm in tone. I wanted, therefore to find a pattern that evoked rose hips so I found a simple eyelet cable pattern which does the trick but is simple enough for travel knitting. I am pleased with how they are turning out so far.
You know, I've been thinking about how I choose to match designs with the colours of yarns. For me, the colour seems to come first and will evoke a memory or impression which I then try to interpret in a stitch pattern. Having no formal design training I am aware that this is probably a rather naive approach. I am reminded of the choreography of Pan's People, the dance troupe who used to perform on Top of the Pops which was the most influential pop music programme on British television when I was growing up. When they were called upon to interpret a record, they would take the most literal approach possible such that they were sometimes simply acting out the words of the song.It was highly amusing. I worry that my design style is a bit reminiscent of their approach. Still, it makes me happy and I'm learning all the time. Speaking of learning...
I have thoroughly raised my colour work game and am working on the Marvellous Mittens from Karendipity . This is a wonderful pattern which is more of a tutorial in stranded knitting techniques than a pattern. So far I have learned to do, a braided cast on (this took a whole evening....), a herringbone braid, and how to catch in a float without letting go of the needles. I am very happy. The yarns I have chosen are Dream in Colour Smooshy (more Socktopus...) in Vivid Purple and Strange Harvest.I love the colour combination although I wonder if it offers enough contrast. The pattern asks for a solid and a hand paint but I preferred to go for a pair of semi solids as I am looking for a slightly less busy effect. There are certainly enough patterns and features on the mitts to catch the eye and warm up the chilliest day.
Yesterday I was lucky enough to the first I Knit S n'B day which was one of the best knitting events I have ever been to. Further report follows!