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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Wanting color advice!

So one of the projects I would like to complete this fall is a basic striped cardigan called Paulie.

Paulie via Ravelry
But I have a dilema... I can't decide between two color pairings that I came up with. So I need your help, internet. Which of the following two colorways do you like best:

KnitPicks Palette in Marble Heather and Stroll Hand Painted in County Fair
The first color pairing would use a medium grey for the main color and a jewel toned hand painted yarn for the stripes. The benefit to this sweater is that it is "neutral" in the sense that the main color is a neutral, but also the colors in the stripes will go along with most, if not all, of my cool weather wardrobe. And even though the main color is grey, the colorful stripes will keep it from being boring.

KnitPicks Palette in Blue Note Heather and Brass Heather
The second color pairing will also be a good staple because both blues and tans are sometimes neutrals for me. It might not be as versatile as the grey version, but I can still see this being a good wardrobe staple. But really the biggest benefit for me in this sweater is a chance for me to wave my geek flag and make a Ravenclaw (book version) themed sweater. I've been wanting to make a Ravenclaw something for ages, but I didn't want to make something that immediately screams Harry Potter. Considering this isn't a pattern used in the movies and focuses on the colors from the books and not films, maybe that will work. But geek flag aside, I still really like this color combination and the brightness of the yarn will still add some color to an otherwise drab season.

So what say you, blogosphere? Do you like the first option or the second option best and is there any particular reason why? I would really appreciate some feed back or I'll probably end up staring at these until spring and won't get around to making anything! (Though if I end up really liking the pattern, I might make both! But I do need a start.)

Friday, August 24, 2012

I've Finished a Thing

I finally finished my Forest Beauty scarf for the Ravellenic Games (which ended two weeks ago, oops).

Pearlescent Beauty #1
Blocking pads + blocking wires = super useful!
I didn't end up having as much free time at home, so I mostly worked on this while I was at work. (I work in a computer lab where I can sit at a desk and do pretty much anything that doesn't make noise, which usually ends up being knitting or homework.) So while most of this was knit during the Olympics (specifically during swimming, gymnastics, and volleyball with a sprinkling of diving), I also ended up watching Supernatural and Legend of the Seeker (hooray Netflix!). It doesn't look like it, but this scarf has been imbued with the powers of olympic prowess, paranormal crime fighting, and magical swordsmanship. Not that it will share those abilities with me, but whatever. It'll still come in handy.

So sorry I've not been updating, but we've been stripping the entire first floor of carpet so we can get the floors refinished, I've been working on the quilt I started over a year ago (seen here), and making a muslin of a bodice for my renaissance costume (which I will share later once I get some decent photos). I also went to GenCon and had a fantastically nerdy time and have been recovering from it for most of the week.

Too many people smiled with Lolth. You can't smile with a spider queen!
I do start school on Monday, but the Ohio Renaissance Festival starts in just over a week and I'm going to be frantically working on my costume while I can. Sometime soon I'll share my bodice muslin and all of the fabric I bought for my final costume and possibly a started/finished piece (I still need a few notions, but I have most of the important things). 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Fun Knitting Magazine Find...

So I had to go to JoAnn's today (well, I didn't have to, but I really really wanted to) and I just happened to look at their magazine rack before I left. I was going to check out whatever Vogue Knitting magazine they happened to have, but I didn't see any, so I started checking behind other issues and found this gem...

Source
I don't think I've mentioned this on here, but I LOVE Jane Austen and I also really like Regency fashion. Obviously I love knitting, so I totally geeked out over this when I saw it. (I may have squeaked.) And of course I bought it. The patterns inside are lovely! Once I finish my lace scarf for the Ravellenic Games, I shall start one of the beauties in here.