One more round

Remember back in November when I had some holes in an old sweater? And I hated the idea of shopping so much that I decided to embroider over the things instead of buying a new sweater (you can follow along on the whole adventure over here if you’re so inclined, scroll down…).

Yeah, well the sweater got another hole (kittens…blame kittens).  But once you’re that invested in fixing something, you’re not going to let it go for one more little hole.  You’re going to grab the same batch of threads you used last time and stitch on it some more.

And that’s just what I did.  That’s what it looked like after round one.

And here’s round two.

I think there will be a round three as well.

The original bits of stitching have held up well over the last few months, so I don’t feel like it’s wasted time.  I am, however, running low on these colors and may grab an extra skein of them so that when the next hole inevitably appears, I’m ready to fix it too.

So when I say a set…

So when I say I’m thinking of doing a set, I’m speaking fairly loosely.  We’re not talking a hat and mitts and a cowl, we’re talking a few pieces that all explore a similar idea.

In this case, that idea is ‘what if I start with a lovely, neutral background and a simple shape…and then pull another yarn in to do something a bit crazy with a funky stitch for some fancy texture?’

So here you can see the first iteration of that (it’s Entrapment, and it’s already out on ravelry if you simply must have it).

And here’s the pink one I’m working on now (as of yet unnamed, and not yet finished being knit, so clearly not available as a pattern just yet, but it’s coming somewhere down the road).

These both use the exact same yarn for the background (Tosh Vintage in Smokestack), and then use a colorful single ply yarn for the accent color.  I’ve got a third accent color all lined up (and another skein of the gray waiting) for when this is done!

I just have to decide what I want to do for the texture stitch…

 

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Because one is never enough

The hat continues to grow, and I continue to be hopelessly smitten with it.

It starts out with the rows of doobly-dos all squinched up together, but then as you go along they spread out. I love having things taper off like that.  It makes it feel like the hat is picking up momentum as you go along (because the fancy rows do take a bit more time than the plain ones).

Yarn is Tosh Vintage in Smokestack (the gray one) and Tosh Merino Light in Alizarin (the pink one), and I’m loving the combo!

 

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Just in time

This is growing, and I’m loving it.

And apparently we’re going to have one last snowstorm (oh please let it be this winter’s last…I’m so ready for spring), so maybe I’ll get some time to tuck in and finish it up.

The wee twirly bits are going to spread out and become more sparse as we head to the top of the hat, so it should get even faster as I work along.  And yes, yes I have already started day dreaming of what to do for the third in this ‘gray background, funky secondary yarn’ thing I’m playing with here!

 

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