Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Place a chair in front of a warm wood stove, add some weather conditions: snow, wind and ice. Shake it all up and you get a lot of down time. Well, there really is a lot to do, cleaning and the like; however, that's not what I did. I worked on knitting a scarf - because I can only knit strait lines scarves work out well. When Mom was here for Christmas she showed me a little stitch where you wrap the yarn over the needle twice on one row which leaves a "not stitch ???" every other loop on the next row. It makes a nice pattern. Taylor liked it and wanted one for herself out of some variegated yarn, containing pink of course.
Then I have been working on the rug kit which I am not pleased with. My loops may not be perfect but that's not the issue with me, I'm not trying for anything near perfection. I don't like the colors that the kit contained. Everything is muddy without any "pop" color. The photo that came with it is only representative of the contents but this is a pretty big departure. The flag colors are described as red and tan. Tan??? The red is not a bright red but rather a mixture of red, black and a bit of tan- maybe from an old jacket or skirt. Truly not an American Flag red. The sheep's head in the photo is backed by a lot of bright red but the pattern, which is hand drawn, places it in the middle of the darker red and the mottled dark blue of the flag, again not a good color. To top it off, the lamb color is called cream, not white, but their cream fabric is a very light tan with periodic tan lines. All very muddy.
When I add the dark blue background, you won't be able to see anything. I think I will take a trip to the store with my kit, which they selected the colors for, and see what they say. I would like to trade out some of these colors.
If it doesn't work out that's ok because the whole point of the exercise was to learn to do it, even if it isn't exactly what I expected. I'll be better when selecting kits in the future. I'll think of it as a bonus- two lessons learned.