One of my regular customers – Jo – is making a scarf for her son, using double-stranded Madelinetosh Vintage in an oyster color and it is looking beautiful. I inquired about the stitch she is using and she freely shared that it is a farrow rib stitch. While we were discussing it at “The Tree,” someone else offered that alternating two rows of one color and two rows of a second color provides a hound’s tooth pattern, which I love. I don’t know about the hound’s tooth pattern; it only appears at certain angles. I do however love the stitch pattern, front and back.
So the next at-home project will be this scarf – Always The Sun by The Stranglers – which will be constant yellow and changing shades of alternate colors. Right now I am starting with my orange scraps, which will change to maroon later, and then possibly blue, though I am not sure yet.
Inspired by Stephen West’s Color Craving, I am in the process of designing a similar garment. Today I finished version one, crocheted with Caron Simply Soft (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 9730 Autumn Red; Yarn Weight: 4) while at my Wednesday Morning Knitters group. After it was done I consulted Yarns from the Southland, who shared with me how she wears Stephen’s Color Craving, sparking two new design elements, one which I was able to improvise while I was still at The Knitting Tree L A.
However, the general consensus was that my template must be wider, which could be achieved with a fiber that can be blocked. Then there is the dilemma of which yarn to use. I have my eye on Schoppel-Wolle’s IN Silk (Fiber Content: 75% Merino Wool, 25% Silk) for it’s lightness. As for color: I am not sure whether to color block the garment or stick with one color. My choices for IN Silk are heavily leaning toward a Yarn Color: 6683 Celery/Yarn Color: 4193 Navy or Yarn Color: 9220 Grey Light Heather/Yarn Color: 9680 Grey Dark Heather combination. Then there is the MadelineTosh Vintage (Fiber Content: 100% superwash merino wool; Yarn Color: Torchere; Yarn Weight: 4), which I love and is available in the store, though I would really like to use Yarn Color: Neon Peach, but that colorway would have to be ordered.
I am not including any pictures yet because I don’t want anyone stealing my idea. You might have noticed that I did not identify the project type, which I am viewing as added security. As it is, I think I can append the suggested design elements and then there is the problem of buying enough yarn in the same dye lot to complete the final design. Stay tuned!