Sunday, October 25, 2015

Harmony - the waiting is over

Pattern:  Madrigal by Susan Dingle

Modifications were made:
No collar
Added beads
Changed a few color locations & patterns
Cuffs are just 5 rounds of ribbing

My yarn selections (with much input from my friends at The Knitting Tree, LA):
    Lana Grossa Lace Lux in Aubergine

    Lang Yarns Asia in color 25

    Baah! La Jolla in Amore

    Knitwhits Freia Handpaint Freia Ombre Sport in Cochinilla

    For me, having the darker colors at the bottom make sense.  I like the way it grounds a piece.   Take a look (click on image to enlarge) at the back to see how that impacts the use of the ombre.  Starting with the darkest shade of the Freia at the first use on the bottom (bottom left just after the lace), the shades were then allowed to be what came off the ball as it was incorporated into various sections across the back - working both "sides" from the same ball so that the color flowed into the purple/pink toward the shoulder area. 

    It makes me happy.  You do what makes you happy.  That way we are all happy with our individual creations.

     About the buttons.  These are glass.  The moment that I saw them, I knew they were the perfect and necessary addition to what has become Harmony.  Can you say serendipity?

    Because the buttons are different shapes & sizes, one buttonhole is larger than the other. . .

    Call the knitting police, cuz I am quite certain that isn't part of the rules.

    Harmony is a statement piece for sure.  The pattern requires time.  Time for selecting just the right yarn and color combination.  Time for deciding which is color A, B, C and D.  Time for giving up on A, B, C, D and just going with your heart.  Time for finding the right buttons to flow into your knitting.  Time to give up on the thing and pull out the crochet hook and slip stitch all the pieces together.  Time for gloating.

    Thank you, gentle reader, for allowing me to gloat.

    Above photos Credit:  She Who Crochets.

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