50 Shades of …

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It’s getting chillier and chillier in the S E of England. What an excuse to sit and knit – do I ever need an excuse?  Actually, no, knitting is like breathing to me.  Sadly, sometimes those ‘breaths’ are a little more successful than others.

For a new cowl I made this week I used Rico Creative Bonbon yarn.  I didn’t like working with it and I don’t actually love the cowl itself.  I am already thinking it will pill easily, a miff for yarn crafters!  I was playing with a scarf pattern which was supposed to be on smaller needles with skinnier yarn.  I knitted a short length with this super chunky yarn and sewed the ends together to get it over and done with.  The hat is made from DROPS Nepal – now, I love this yarn – but I hate the hat!  I fudged a hat pattern which should have used a different yarn gauge again, and made up a lot as I went along (ripping back and reknitting more than once). Together this pair of purply things look ok on the model head but this time the creations don’t make me smile widely.

purple cowl and hat.jpg

Talking of colours, purple in this case.  Have you ever looked at your stash of yarn and thought ‘hey, 50 shades of grey/purple/pink/fill in the blank’?  I guess I have a lot of purple in mine, perhaps not 50 shades but it’s a close thing between purple and green. What are your 50 shades? 

Back to the two sticks now. Hopefully the next project is more of a success.  I am still working on several WIPS which I dip in and out of.  These two items were supposed to be quick knits (they were), to satisfy my soul with a start and a finish of something tangible.



8 thoughts on “50 Shades of …

    Kate said:
    November 29, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    I love the hat and cowl, and there are a lot of purples in my stash, too.

    jessicacrafts said:
    November 29, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Mine is blues and greens. Whenever I look at yarn online I always find myself thinking I’ll get that blue or that green and then having to stop myself and say no. Literally the last ten things I’ve bought were that colour. Pick something else!

      tinaor responded:
      December 1, 2017 at 10:23 am

      I’m the same – it’s been known that I’ve bought the same yarn more than once even!

    Fred the Needle said:
    November 30, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Mine is mostly pink! They look great 👍

    sewchet said:
    December 6, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    How irritating that, after all that work, you don’t love either hat or cowl! Pink is definitely my 50 shades….

      tinaor responded:
      December 6, 2017 at 9:20 pm

      I know! I think it was a lesson to myself that if I start to dislike it I stop and rethink the whole project again. The only saving grace is that they were small projects and quick to knit!

    molivermade said:
    December 9, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Are you on ravelry.com? They have a section on yarn…you put in your yarn name and it shows you projects that have been knit with it. You may get lucky and see the color you own used and get a feel for the finished look before you start. I also weave and love to buy a stash bag that contains 20+ cones of yarn in colors that were started in classes and sell these “ends”. I love the idea of being forced to create outside my color comfort zone. I am usually happily surprised.

      tinaor responded:
      December 9, 2017 at 6:50 pm

      Good idea. I have been a member of Rav for ages and hadn’t thought of doing that at all!

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