I mentioned in my last post that I’m getting a bit impatient for green to arrive. Nature is not on board with manifesting anything green for several more weeks, so I turn to alternative sources. The obsession with green manifests itself most strongly in the quest for yarn. Last year at this time I went a bit berserk and bought a ton of green yarn on a trip to Columbus, IN. Apparently I intend for that to become a yearly tradition. Yesterday my mom and I went to visit a couple of yarn stores north of Indianapolis and several green skeins came home. I wasn’t consciously planning to buy green yarn, but I my desire for green compels: if the outdoors can’t conjure up green, my knitting needles can. I can knit green leaves while waiting for the trees to unfurl theirs. Here’s the new skeins:
I’m very excited about the Swan’s Island yarn. I’ve been wanting to try their yarns and there aren’t many local stores that carry the brand – this is is maybe the 2nd time I’ve seen it. At a generous 525 yards per skein, 2 is plenty to make a sweater. I’m loving the softly variegated tones of pine greens.
These skeins were a case of my hands pulling yarn off the shelves without me even really noticing. The skein on the left was a beautiful bit of sage greens mixed with warmer greens and gold. It is appropriately called Woodland. Of course that was a no-brainer. Any yarn named Woodland can have a home with me. The skein on the right also jumped off the shelf into my hands, begging to be paired with Woodland. It’s colors complemented the other so well that I couldn’t refuse. Looks like a match made in a forest!
The addition of green into my project queue will be most welcome because at it stands right now, only 1 of my current 7 projects have green. Shocking, I know. Right now I seem to be on a taupe trend, obviously inspired by a winter palette. Observe the projects below:
In the back is a sweater front from the pattern Cabled Leaf by Alana Dakos. I’ve got all the knitting done and just need to seam it up! The project on the right is a fall project i started at Spring Mill State Park last October. The edging is taking quite a while, but I love it. The body of the shawl is a fabulous mix of gray, brown, rust, and hints of gold. The most recent project was started on my most recent visit to Spring Mill a few weekends ago. It’s my Christmas present from my parents and will become a lovely sweater coat. It’s also taupe with flecks of grey and blue.
I also finished up a sweater a month or so ago. I had started this last fall as well and enjoyed knitting it up. The yarn started off a beautiful silvery, taupe color with hints of mauve. Once I soaked and blocked it, the color bled ferociously and it ended up being a rather harsher golden brown with purple overtones. It’s still a pretty color, but vastly different than what I imagined. So you can see, with all this brown coming on and off the needles, it’s more than time for a bit of green to make an appearance again. Must decide on a new project…
Blessings to you,