Sunday, February 19, 2006

True Colors

I've been asked recently about what colors I like or don't like, particularly in reference to yarn. My favorite color is blue. However, I also noted that I couldn't think of any colors that I completely didn't like, nor should blue be considered a limiting factor.

I decided that I wasn't sure how to explain how I like or don't like color in yarn, so I would show some pictures. I gathered up some blue yarn and in doing so realized that I must really like blue, because I have a lot of it. Here is a large sample of my blue yarn...



I count 9 varieties of blue yarn there, and I'm a little embarrassed to say that there's more blue yarn not photographed. ;)

However, I like other colors too...here are a few.






















I had a few other pictures, but I was having a bit of trouble with the lighting. I had lots of helpful natural light and no flash, yet some of the pictures still showed the yarn a bit washed out and lighter than it should be. I'll have to keep working on that.

Still, it's hard to say what I like in color of yarn except that I do like color. I realized thinking about it that I don't own any black yarn and in one pattern even avoided using black by substituting a pewter grey. I'm not sure why that is since I have a black cardigan that I wear at least once or twice a week, as well as other articles of clothing in that color. However, for some reason I haven't really been drawn to it in yarn. There are some colors I don't like much elsewhere (like the color yellow) but I like it in yarn; I have that Karabella Aurora 8 in yellow that I really like and I plan to use it to make a scarf.

I'm not sure how much this helps the person who asked, but hopefully it will allow at least a little bit of insight into the colors I choose for knitting.

Sockapaloooza!

I'm participating in Sockapaloooza and I believe I've finally decided on the yarn and pattern I'll be using.



The yarn I've chosen is Koigu.
And the pattern is Crusoe!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Snow...and a stopping point.

I've reached a stopping point in the Jaywalker Socks. I'm nearly finished with the first one, but I have no size 2 dpns in sight (I'll pick some up at the LYS this week). I've also been having some pain and stiffness in my right wrist, so I haven't done any serious knitting since Tuesday. Needless to say, this means there will be no possible way for me to have a completed pair by Feb 14, which is the end of this knitalong. However, when I signed up, the knitalong wasn't ending on Feb 14th, so I'm trying to remind myself that I'm not *really* missing a deadline here. I will definately finish these socks as they are fabulous! It's just going to take a little longer than planned. My progress:






I still love this pattern and I can say that this won't be my only pair of Jaywalkers. :)


In other news, we got some serious snow. We have much more than was initially predicted and here are some pictures!

This is the pathway in front of the building, to the left you can see a little bit of a car covered in snow.
This is the walkway in front of the buildings on the second floor, at the bottom of the stairs going up the third floor.
We don't usually get snow like this.

This is a closeup of the branches just off our balcony.
Trees and fluffy, powdery snow on the ground behind the building.

Another picture of trees, behind the apartments, with the photograph taken, on an angle, between the two sides of the building, from the second floor.
It's really beautiful right now.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Jaywalkin'

I am still making progress on my first Jaywalker sock! And I'm happy to report that I am still loving this pattern. I've already tried on what I've knitted so far and it feels like it is going to fit perfectly. If I actually had more time in my life to devote to knitting, this sock would already be finished. It's not finished yet, but it's looking pretty good.













One thing that is really interesting about using this colorway is how it stripes in different ways. It stripes one way in the patterned part of the sock, another way in the heel flap and a third (and wildly different) way in the turned heel.




A closeup of the heel stripes.













This is the first time I've used a yarn that seems to self-stripe. Typically a bright pink and green yarn and the changing stripes throughout the sock might not appeal to me, but I have to say I am really liking this sock so much. It's just fun. :)