Your swatch has the answer
So as always, swatching is informative. That's the short version. The long version goes something like this.⠀ I started with the grey with neon speckles and the blue. It's promising, but I see I'd need a smaller needle (that's a two, and the fabric is too open for what I want). Next I tried the purple and purple. And it's lovely, but the contrast is too subtle for this project. While I was working the purple swatch, I got distracted and tried out a solid gray yarn and gray floof, but again, way too subtle (and alas it was dark, [...]
Perhaps you remember the other day? When I was very very very mean and told you that there was a decent chance that some of the reason you 'could never do that' was because you kept telling yourself you can't? Right...so let's talk about that some more. Earlier this year, when our house was invaded by absolutely lovely, skilled, kind people doing extremely noisy, dusty, disruptive things to deal with the aftermath of the burst pipe, I decided I'd deal with the chaos by teaching myself two color brioche. Because that's a reasonable way to cope. So I did! I [...]
I didn’t forget
Remember the other day when we talked about the...ah...let's go with 'generous' amount of swatching that comes before a project? And I showed you all the swatches that happened before the blue hat leapt into being? And remember that gray swatch at the top that a bunch of you liked? Well turns out I liked it too. But the yarn it was in was just a tiny bit darker than what I wanted (there's sort of this thing where a bunch of those hats may all end up hanging out together in a bigger project, which all of a sudden [...]
Swatches…So. Many. Swatches
So I know I've talked about how swatching is a thing...but I'm not sure if you really believe me. I'm not kidding when I say that I sometimes spend as long swatching for a project as knitting it (especially for little things like hats). I mentioned last time that I stared with some swatches to see how I liked the needles and the yarn together. But that was just the beginning. I doodled around with the blue yarn for a while, but didn't like how things were shaping up, so I set it aside (and I did that at night [...]
No really...swatches are all I'm knitting these days. I've probably explained this before, but for me a book usually goes 1) have an idea, 2) source yarn, 3) swatch and write patterns, 4) send yarn and patterns off to magical stunt knitters to turn into projects, 5) get the patterns into proper book format and have them edited, 6) get projects back and take photos, 7) more editing, 8) printing. Now there's more to it than that (I left out the traditional 'all my ideas are crap' crisis that invariably happens somewhere in the middle), and there's some overlap (for [...]
So you know how sometimes I say something like 'this project has big stretches of reverse stockinette so you may want to consider a more subdued yarn than you might otherwise use'? Like with the top of the foot on Cataphyll or the background on Enchase or the heel and background on Greenhorn? Yeah well let's look at why. Take a look at this and notice the difference between the stockinette side (that's the bit that's all knits...the bottom in this picture) and the reverse stockinette side (that's the bit that's all purls...the top in this picture). Trace one of [...]
Oh my goodness how have I not shown you guys this... So you know how I've been showing you all sorts of yarn for Curls 3? Yeah...well that doesn't just sit around being yarn, it gets turned into swatches. Lots and lots and lots of swatches! That's the Squish DK by Spun Right Round in Frost (and that's a super reversible stitch, which is always lovely for curls). And then how about a bit of Magnificent DK from Knit Circus in Brass and Steam (and yes, that is a circular needle...what is the world coming to!). And last but not [...]
So I feel like I'm having a 'colors without colorwork' sort of phase. There's the green and gray wavy set I just finished, and the stripey pink and purple business I just put up for testing, and of course there's Pelagic. But I didn't feel quite done. So then there was this. Which turned into this. Which then turned into this. Yarn is Madeline Tosh, Merino DK in Flashdance (purple) and Vintage in Smokestack (gray), and I'm expecting great things! [pextestim pex_attr_set="looking-for-this-pattern" pex_attr_autoplay="false"][/pextestim]
We're going to consider this a lesson on the virtues of swatching. I'm dying to do something with this yarn (from Spun Right Round, the color name is Bug Jar, because I know one of you is going to want it too). But speckled yarn seems to require a bit of extra care in pattern selection. It seems that things with a lot of stockinette show it off best. But as much as I like wearing things with great huge swaths of stockinette, I can't actually stand knitting it. So the most low key way I could think of to [...]
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