Color: Wait for the Moment

By Kay Gardiner
April 18, 2019
Join us in the Great Isabell Knitalong. Pick a pattern from Field Guide No. 10 and a great Jill Draper yarn, and cast on.

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  • I’m with Melanie! I love it!

  • It is fabulous. Now i am excited to think I might have two extra skeins of Mohonk Light in spinach to play with another day.

  • I love it!

  • It looks so good! It looks interesting. It is exactly the type of sweater that makes me ask someone did you knit that? Because you don’t get that kind of awesome from the store. (unless it is a hand knit store. And someone designed it. ha!)
    Stay the course!
    Cannot wait to see the finished product !

  • Also, that color change isn’t really sudden. It is suggested in the yoke, then just pops out in all its glory. I love it!

  • Be sure to put it ON when you finish. It might look very different than when it is just lying there.

  • I definitely like it!! Can’t wait to see the finished sweater.

  • It’s beautiful! Let us see it on you!

  • I love that you are motoring on, as Meg Swansen always says. Too soon to give an opinion as the finished product will tell all! I love the yoke and the knitting is just beautiful.

  • It looks beautiful! Always trust a friend (and never ask a husband). I’m feeling your pain, my sweater on 2s is nearing completion- I’m on the second sleeve but I want to be DONE! The only thing saving me from madness is the planning of my next sweater, Malabrigo on size 8s, and lots of wine (maybe the occasional martini!)

  • I think it’s fabulous! And will be even better when you add the sleeves…

  • I love it too! To me, it gives the look of a colorwork yoke.

  • Great comments! My backup plan is to go to one of my knitting groups for comments. There is always at least one person in the group whose taste I trust completely.

  • Looking forward to getting together again soon, friend. (I have been fantasizing about making my own sweater in Jill’s French Roast color; it’s so beautiful.

  • I would have been absolutely delighted at that outcome. The only issue might be where that break hits you on the body, as that is where the eye will go first, but it looks like it’s in a good place to me.

    Knit on!

    • We did have a big discussion of this issue of where the line hits, but I am not allowed to say n*pple on the blog. (It looks like it will hit underneath the bust, kind of at the empire waist point.)

      • (giggle) now there’s a measurement to add to a personal measurements list, isn’t there! Distance from collarbone to start of cleavage, or edge of “front porch”, or any number of useful landmarks.

      • Ha ha! That was exactly my concern, but I was trying to be subtle about it. I thought it looked like it would land in empire waist territory, but I didn’t want to assume, because you know what that does… 😉

  • Not only is it fabulous, but the lighter area at the top will brighten and frame your face.

  • Great progression description! How many of us have been there many times before? I will remember this helpful tale and buds of wisdom for my next event. Thank You!!

  • Kay, it’s gorgeous! The lighter yoke gives it so much character. Also, you’re my stockinette hero. I put 11 rounds on my Bottom Line yesterday and then needed to lie down.

    • Each round is so long that you have to write home before you see the marker again.

      • Exactly! Haha. Especially before splitting for the sleeves.

    • Each round an adventure . . .

      • And worth it! One music teacher from my past used to say, “anything worth doing is hard.” Difficult, yes, but so joyful and fun at the same time.

  • What a brilliant idea! I fear that I’m not confident enough to change up a pattern. But, as I have been avidly reading my daily MDK emails I may now be inspired me to at least contemplate variations.

  • I love it, too. I like color shifts that are “different, but not THAT different”. Your choice was terrific. Now, are the sleeves going to include hat shift?

  • Brava.

  • I’m so glad your friend convinced you to keep going- it looks like it is going to be gorgeous!

  • i LOVE this! good on you!

  • Love Love Love this color way. Thank you for the encouragement to try something new

  • I love it!! That’s such great advice!

  • I really do prefer to let the yarn lead and to let the yarn be full of serendipity! I love this! Oddness is always better ( I think)…

  • Love it. Love it. Love it. No mistake made here.

  • Oh. I’ll send you my address, if you don’t like the end product.

  • I love it!

  • And remember, Kay, the only person it has to please is you!

  • I love it, too.

  • Love this snippet! It’s so true how we doubt ourselves and our choices! Only in seeing the finished product can we truly step back and know for sure if our decisions were correct, which they usually are.

  • Beautiful! Good instincts!

  • I totally agree with Melanie: I love it!

  • You had a great phone-a-friend lifeline! As others have said, I’m with Melanie. Gorgeous!

  • It looks geeat! And excellent reminder. I now regret many froggings.

  • I love it!

  • I think it’s stunning, but I guess it’s all about your vision for it.

  • Totally agree with Melanie – it’s stunning! Awesome job!

  • Wow, yes, it is fantastic for sure. It is so hard to leave the expectation and see what is actually happening. It’s funny to hear this lesson from you, since I feel like this is the lesson I have taken from you, over and over. Make a formula. Stick to it (mostly). Trust the formula. end up with something amazing, and that couldn’t have been planned. Your buncha squares blanket, the mitered squares juicy & blahs, even the Kaffe inspired group project blanket with the dark squares and juicy squares…so many. I have such a hard time with it, I am only now finishing some crazy blankets I started a decade ago, but I keep not quite giving them up because when I look at them, they are NOT what I planned, but better. Mostly. I think. I mean, that one is, but the other one…

  • I heard Kaffe (I am not on a first name basis but I pretend a little ) speak years ago and someone asked a similar question about what to do when you don’t like the way the colors are going? And his answer then was, “Add another color”. I loved it and took it to heart… And I’m SO glad he is still saying it. I’ve quoted him every timr I taught someone to knit and gave him credit so they would look at his books. It applies to more than knitting too! When things in life get tight I find myself saying “Add another color!”

  • First, I like it, too! Second, I had a similar experience when trying to make a shawl from some handspan and a low contrast commercial yarn. Had reached the decision to rip it out just before knit night, but took it along before I did it. The folks at knit night were all “ooh!” “aah!” “love the colors!” So, I finished it, and it’s now one of my favorites.