Lest I forget, I want to share this Independence Day post from Andrew Sullivan: “The Quintessential American Word: ‘Hi!'”. Love it!
My summer knitting has been the sort of scrumptrelescent obsession that I hope every knitter someday finds. If life had not interrupted, I could have cranked this thing in a couple of weeks.
To recap, this is what I am working on, a project based on Challenge 2 from the Fiber Factor contest.
I knew the minute I read the challenge what I would do.
See, every day I look at this on the floor of my knitting lair:
You know it, you love it: it’s the Kiki Mariko Rug from our second book. I have always wanted to make a sweater using that stitch pattern.
So I’m using as many shades of fingering weight shetland wool as I can. No rules about the colors except that I can’t repeat them on the body of the sweater–the sleeves will mirror the body.
This stitch pattern is so simple that you quickly get the hang of it and just blast through the rounds. This is how God meant Fair Isle to work, really! This is portable knitting, unlike that Donegal sweater that could put a girl off knitting permanently.
As ever, I’m working this turned inside out, to keep the floats loose.
About halfway up the body, I thought about the way the color was playing out. (I like the riot of color–I am not worried about the wearability of this sweater, just so you’ll know. It’s a giant swatch.) But what would happen if you tried to mute the crazy as you worked up the sweater? What if the sweater started quiet at the top and ended loud at the bottom?
Each color is used for 8 rows. Sometimes the bar of color is bent in the middle; sometimes it’s an unbroken diagonal. I started wondering what would happen if you did all the bent bars in in gray, and used increasingly muted colors for the diagonals?
These colors make me kind of crazy.
The neck steek never fails to amaze me. Two inches long, gives shape to the neck. Who thought that up?
I think the top part loses energy once the diagonals become such a regular rhythm. On my next one of these (!), I’d want to keep swapping out the colors as in the bottom, not let the background be all gray.
Stay tuned to see how the top finishes out.
PS: 23 shades used in this Kiki Mariko Sweater:
Rowan Donegal Tweed Kelly Green
Rowan Lambswool Tweed Shale
Scottish Campion Night Hawk
Rowan Lambswool Tweed Bark
Scottish Campion Oasis
Scottish Campion Grape
Rowan Lambswool Tweed Eau de Nil
Scottish Campion Dark Purple
Rowan Lambswool Tweed Sedge
Scottish Campion Cranberry
Scottish Campion Fjord
Scottish Campion Seaweed
Scottish Campion Cloud
Rowan Donegal Lambswool Pickle
Rowan Donegal Lambswool lavender no tag
Rowan Campion Rosemary
Jamieson Spindrift Chartreuse
Rowan Donegal Lambswool burnt orange
Scottish Campion Bronze
Rowan Donegal Lambswool dark wine
Scottish Campion Yell Sound Blue
Scottish Campion Purple Haze
Scottish Campion Rosemary