May 29, 2016

Pushing the Envelope

Although Iím politically and ideologically liberal, in other ways Iím conservative: Iíve never touched drugs (not even the wacky tobaccy); the last time I had a drink was, oh, 20 years ago (and probably had one sip and slept for the next 24 hours); Iím not a partier (granted, partly from lack of opportunity); I dress modestly; Iím careful with my money... This conventional approach also bleeds over into my knitting. I knit the standard stuff: Ribbed scarves, rolled-brim hats, baby sweaters, your basic top-down socks, simple stranded thingsónothing bold or new in yarn or method. And, no surprise, I generally use middle-of-the-road colors (except, you know, for that one time). For over-the top excitement, I make things that are striped. Or I use self-striping yarn. On a really crazy day, I do slipped-stitch color-work. Wheeeeee!! The roller-coaster ride of thrills!


Whichíall I had to put aside when I was asked to knit a shop sample for an in-shop fashion show, specifically, FoolProof in silvery grey and a dark plum. Grey? Dark plum? Together?! Moi?! Plus, the pattern itself combines four different angled stripe designs. Itís geometric, modern, vogue, very now. Very not me. And here are the results. I must say Iím chuffed.


I also say, whatever you have on your needles now, put it aside and knit this. It is a blast and the results are wonderful. Plus, itís garter stitch. And there are no seams, just some live-stitch finagling. (Itís like knitting a Baby Surprise sweater or turning the heel of a sockóyou never believe itís going to work until it does). And, oh, the color possibilities!

Posted by Ryan at May 29, 2016 04:08 PM

Oooh, one charcoal and red coming up!

Posted by: Laurie on May 29, 2016 04:53 PM

Chuffed, indeed! I like it.

Posted by: kmkat on May 29, 2016 06:45 PM

I love all your samples. But ooooh, this scarf! Yep, going to have to knit this.

Posted by: carlarey on May 30, 2016 05:09 AM

Wow, three posts in four days! Yarn shop is good for you!

Posted by: Caroline on May 31, 2016 06:45 AM

You did a lovely job on that scarf! Thanks for showing it to us - so many different versions on Ravelry! Sounds like you're having plenty of fun and horizon-expanding experiences!

Posted by: Rhonda from Baddeck on June 2, 2016 04:25 PM
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