Old pattern, new color
Saturday July 30th 2011, 11:23 pm
Filed under: Knit,LYS,Politics

Purlescence closed for a week to move to their new digs–a few doorways to the left from the old, a bigger space. They put in new wood floors. They puzzled over how to get the tall yarn cubes out of the old shop, those having been assembled inside for the original Carolea’s Knitsch decades ago.

Today was the grand reopening celebration, but they just didn’t need my nagging bit of sore throat.

So I decided to celebrate in spirit: I found some Kid Seta I’d bought from them and thought about starting something with it. But I have some knuckle inflammation going on, it was a bit hard for my hands to hold that fine a strand.

I pulled out a skein of very thin cashmere that had stumped me when it had arrived from an online purchase.  The color. Brilliant red on the orange side? Not so much here. That fine a laceweight would take a lot of time to use up a color that didn’t do it for me.

The Kid Seta was a muted red with the silk shimmering lighter, rather pinkish against the fuzzies.

Put those two balls side by side (the nighttime photo doesn’t capture it), and my first thought was, Nah, they fight…

But wait. Colors affect how the one next to them is perceived, they’re like humans that way, maybe they just need to be closer together. I cast on. I knitted. It lagged and got interrupted at first as I wasn’t sure, and then the further along it got the more I liked it till it was hard to put down and suddenly I was 26″ into the thing.

And it is gorgeous! Who knew?

Quick, tell Congress: the differences blending together are what make it come out so pretty.

(Pattern: Rabbit Tracks with an extra stitch each side as there should be.)

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Beautiful!! Hope your sore throat is better today.

Comment by Channon 07.31.11 @ 4:55 am

That sounds lovely :-}

Comment by Diana Troldahl 07.31.11 @ 5:44 am

Now, that is pretty, and so upbeat besides. Gotta make you feel better.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 07.31.11 @ 6:46 am

I saw a Miss Manners column on the internet this morning in which someone complained about people knitting in church. Miss Manners replied that whether or not it is appropriate, it is most unwise to get into an argument with women holding sharp, pointy sticks.

Comment by LauraN 07.31.11 @ 6:53 am

Lovely playing together by your reds…Love the Miss Manners observation by Laura…

Comment by Ruth 07.31.11 @ 9:13 am

blending is such a good idea — wish Washington would get it (sigh)

the rabbit tracks are lovely — it’s one of my favorites of your patterns

Comment by Bev 07.31.11 @ 9:45 am

I also saw that Miss Manners column, and bust out laughing. Reminds me of the story of the older woman doing some knitting who was denied entry onto a plane. They were afraid she would knit an afghan.

Comment by Don Meyer 07.31.11 @ 10:30 am

My reintroduction to knitting came through The Knitting Goddess, by Deborah Bergman, and she devoted a chapter to knitting in red. When things are a little dreary, knitting a scarf or shawl in many red shades, with a little blue or purple to pop it (it sounds awful, but it works), is fizzy to the soul.

Comment by Patricia Day 08.01.11 @ 7:05 am

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