Color Me This

I’m someone that has always stuck to safe color combinations when it comes to knitting.

I usually stay in the same color family, or choose similar colors.  My eyes naturally gravitate toward cooler shades, and since I’ve always loved blues, purples, and pinks when it comes to yarn (especially together), almost everything I made was in one of those three colors.

Until recently, that is.

All throughout college, I hardly had time to knit at all.  Here and there I’d work on a few rows or throw something quick together when I needed a moment to do something other than homework (and was sick of having the internet as a distraction), but up until last summer and fall, I’d been through a knitting drought.  Not for lack of any desire to knit, of course, but instead as a matter of necessity.  School and classwork came first, and as much as I wanted to spend hours knitting, I just couldn’t.

Well, now, I’ll spend hours at a time knitting.  A day in which I don’t spend at least a little time knitting is a day wasted, in my opinion.  There are so many things that you can do simultaneously: watch television or a movie, listen to a book on CD (I’ve yet to master the “reading an actual book while knitting at the same time” technique), drive (if you’re not behind the wheel, of course), even go out for coffee with a friend (but only if it’s a mindless knitting project, of course – we don’t need our friends getting annoyed with us for looking at a pattern or chart after every row).  And since I spend so much time knitting so many different things, I now have plenty of time to try out different color combinations.

I used to think that everything HAD to match, that staying within a color family was the only way to make something not look like a five-year-old threw it together.  But that was before I became more involved in the online world of knitting and knitting patterns, where I discovered the creativity of so many different people.  Colors that I never would have combined looked fantastic together.  And it took me watching “What Not to Wear” to understand why the things I made before these discoveries of color all looked nice, but didn’t have any POP:

Not everything has to match; it just has to go.

I can’t even tell you how many times I had heard this while watching that show (okay, okay – yes, I watch more reality television than I ever care to admit publicly), but I had NEVER thought to relate it to knitting, which allows me to create things, rather than just outfits.  My color designs are always a work in progress, but I love when I can create something that’s unique and visually pleasing.

If you’re interested in learning a little bit more about color coordination: here’s a link to a really good infographic: The Art of Color Coordination.  It pertains more to designing websites, but the color science is the same no matter what. 

I really, really love these colors together.  I’m a fan of simple color combinations, and taking a grey shade and combining it with pops of bold colors is beautiful.

I’ve been looking at patterns for baby blankets that I can knit for my cousin’s new baby (to be born in May, so I’ve got time).  Instead of just kind of winging it and doing maybe stripes, I wanted something a little more interesting.  I was thinking about the XOXO blanket from Petite Purls, or something at least more visually interesting, and I really like this dot blanket as a contender.  I don’t know yet whether she’s having a boy or a girl, but this is a blanket that can easily go either way with slight color changes.

Multi-tasking

What do you do while you’re knitting?  Or crocheting, or sewing, or being all around creative?

I’m never just knitting.  There’s always something else happening.  I’m sure a bunch of you listen to music.  I do that, too, or I watch movies or listen to books on CD.  Netflix is wonderful for watching tv while crafting because when one episode ends, another one begins – a lazy man’s utopia, but perfect for those people with their hands full.  And then there are those wonderful people who create playlists of tv show episodes on YouTube, like some beautiful soul did for Ghost Adventures (my guilty pleasure, I’ll admit it).

So, what do you do?

Red in the face.

You know that red cowl I’ve been working on?  The one I ran out of yarn for while making?  I finally got more of the same yarn (thankfully, another store had it), and when I finally finished it and blocked it, guess what?

I hate it.

It’s too light.  It’s too loose.  It rolls way more than I want it to, even after blocking.  It just hangs there and I don’t like it at all.  I really love the stitch, and I wish it had turned out better, but what can you do?  All things considered, this is one of only a couple of projects I’ve finished and ended up hating, so that’s not too bad of a batting average, right?

Right.  That’s what I’m telling myself anyway.

I have a ridiculous amount of projects going on at any given time, but I don’t have nearly enough small bags to hold them. Having multiple in one tote bag at a time can sometimes get confusing or annoying; when I want to grab one to bring somewhere with me, I have to dig through to find it and then get another bag, usually a plastic grocery bag.

And knitting projects deserve so much more than a plastic grocery bag! I put so much time and effort and love into everything I make, so an idea entered my head: why don’t I just make myself some drawstring project bags?

I went to the fabric store last week, bought a variety of adorable prints, and above is the result of my first attempt! I used yarn as the string (goes with their purpose, I thought) but I think I may buy ribbon for the next one. I think it will look better with the fabrics, but I’ll have to test some and see how it works!

Look for some of these in my Etsy store after I work out the kinks!

Thirty stitches left to cast off on that red and grey cowl I posted about a week and a half ago, and I RAN OUT OF YARN, even though I was completely convinced I had left myself enough for the bind off edge. But fine, no biggie, right? I’ll just cruise on over to the store and get some more but WAIT THEY DON’T HAVE ANY MORE AND PROBABLY WON’T GET ANY MORE IN.

My life, ladies and gentleman.

I’m now left with two options: 1. Find a yarn as close to that shade of red as possible and pray it isn’t obvious. Or 2. Undo the bind off edge (just thinking about that is making me cringe) and frog about 10 rows, leaving out the last repeat. I’m in no rush to finish this for any reason, so I’ll think about it. But in the meantime, my poor last 30 stitches are on a holder and I can almost hear them crying.

I hate when stuff like this happens.