Sunday, July 20, 2008

Which Swatch?

I'm back from Miami. Our chorus brought down the house on Tuesday night and seemed to be popular. We managed to get off stage mere seconds before the lights went off -- they were pretty strict about the 30-minute time limits for performances. I was glad to get it over with and we had quite a bit of fun for the rest of the week. We also heard some amazing music and ate some darn yummy food.

I didn't knit as much as I thought I would. I got to work on my Mineshaft Socks a little on the plane, but except for a few stolen moments shown in the picture here, I didn't have much time for the fiber arts. I managed to finish the first sock in the airport at 7:00am (they have one of those now?!) while waiting to fly home. I'm happy with it. More pictures when I've finished the pair, which may be a while because I've got a new big project in the works...

I finally gathered all the linen yarn I needed to start the Piano Cushion I want to make. I've got the colors I like, but while making swatches (no really, I did!), I decided to monkey with the colors. I'm trying to decide whether to use the brown (sandalwood) as the border color in the pattern or whether to go with the cream color. I like the sandalwood as a border since it's different from the green-scale of the others in the picture on the left, but I also like the idea of using the lightest color to tie together the darker ones as shown in the picture on the right. Which do you prefer? Comments and opinions welcome!

(As an aside, the picture on the left was knit on size 2 needles. I'm definitely going to be using the size 3 as shown in the photo at right. They're what the pattern called for.)


  1. cream, please. glad you are back.

    - jene

  2. cream background. otherwise you end up with colors of the same intensity/value next to each other and you don;t get as much contrast. Great colors!

  3. Glad you're back! I like the cream, it gives it better contrast. :)

  4. i like the cream background, too.

  5. Sounds like cream it is.

  6. Steven:
    Since I can't seem to find an e-mail address for you, I guess I'll have to put my comment here. A thought of you crossed my mind a few minutes after 8:00 PM last Saturday. I was sitting in the St.James Theatre in NYC, and Patty Lupone was making a point about how "Some people can get a thrill knitting sweaters and sitting still." It's been more than 45 years since I heard Merman in the part, but I still get a thrill from "Gypsy", and from knitting and sitting still. Thank you for going to the effort of entertaining us with your blog.

  7. Sandalwood looks better to me, but then I like dark colors a lot!


  8. The one on the right. Beige, white? makes the colors pop more.