In an oddly organised turn of events, I am already planning a Christmas make. Admittedly it is quite a complicated one so I thought I should sink my teeth into it. That and Shelia inspired me to start on the Christmas makes already.
I am planning a fair isle knit vest for my Uncle so hit Ravelry for some inspiration:
Some very complicated and eye-watering patterns were out there but as I was scrolling through I realised I had the perfect pattern in my library already. I bought Kate Davies book Inspired by Islay when it first came out and haven’t knit anything from it yet. Although it is a lovely book even without the knitting patterns.
I can’t wait to cast this on, although I expect I will loose steam at some point half way through as it will be a lot of stitching!
I recently I started editing photos on my computer again and downloaded Gimp to use instead of photoshop and have been enjoying remembering all the amazing things that you can do. So I decided to see if I could use its functionality to try out some different colour schemes for the colourwork motif. Turns out it is so easy to do that I got a little carried away with it…
Although the blue aesthetic appeals to me most I know that that is not the same for the recipient who is much more of a green-brown person. I decided to go with Jamieson’s of Shetland wool which comes in a mind-boggling array of colours, over 220! I will admit I spent a good part of last night playing with colours and trying to pick the colour of the wool out of the photos to use in my colour schemes. I know that the colours displayed on the monitor might not be quite right but I am hoping that they are close enough as I ordered all the wool last night without checking the colours against one another. I did buy one extra ball to work out which one of them goes best when I actually have the wools in front of me.
In total, I ordered 16 25g balls of wool and should have quite a bit of the colours left over. I don’t know how much of the main colours I will have left as the specific lengths are not listed in the pattern just no of balls (and I am changing the wool!).
One note if you do go for this wool, the Jamieson’s website gives you the ability to order two different thicknesses of wool on the same colour listing. Be careful if your going for DK that you change that pesky little drop-down menu for EVERY colour that you order. *Guess who didn’t do this! Thankfully the lovely Lynn at Jamieson’s picked up on my little mistake and emailed me to double check before sending out the order. Thank you very much Lynn 😀
I am looking forward to sinking my teeth into this project but know that I will have to space out the amount of knitting that I do on it as recently my wrists have started to hurt again… 🙁 Hopefully it isn’t due to the weather and I am going to have sore wrists every winter from now on! But I am just trying to be a bit more cautious this year and be nicer to them.
I autumn prompting you to think about some more makes? Are you cracking out the knitting/crochet now the weather is turning cooler?