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Variegated

I love variegated things.
It started with these soaps.

Avon eggs cr

I have had these since my mom was guilted into buying them way back in the early ‘70s. Apparently my mom had a hard time saying “No” to the Avon Lady:

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(WHAT is with that tree, is it supposed to be the Faberge Bay Tree Egg??)
At first, I didn’t like that one soap with the big white blotch. Then, something clicked and it became my favorite.

Variegated and asymmetrical things appeal to me.
Plants with variegated leaves

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Pinto ponies

Pinto pony in unseasonably large crocus cr

Patchy dogs

patchydogs

I even love my graying hair.
It’s coming in unevenly and unsymmetrically on my head, which makes it even BETTER.

So. You can imagine which yarns appeal to me.

I love variegated yarn
My Favorite Yarn Of All Time is pictured in my header.
It is currently tied up in a sweater that is waaaaaay too big. I want to pull it apart and re-knit it into something that fits and weighs under 10 pounds, but I am afraid the yarn won’t take the abuse. I don’t spin, don’t own a wheel, should I get a drop spindle to put a little twist back into it? Anyone with experience with this?

On to knitting:
The first Koolhaas Hat is complete.

first Koolhaas crKoolhaas Hat (large) – IK Holiday Gifts 2007
Debbie Bliss Merino Aran color 325302,
~75g on US7 needles

I say “the first” because on handing it to my teenager for a try on, she said, “You know what would be really cool? A BUNCH of these in different colors.”
WOOHOO! Music to my ears. I don’t usually knit the same thing over and over but I have a deadline, not a lot of time to futz with a new pattern.
I was thinking NORO Kureyon
Okay you must understand, this is a teenager who has made it clear She Likes Solid Colors, she does not like variegated, she does not like self-striping.
(How can this be? :- )
“Let me show you these really cool Japanese yarns…”, I tempted. “They aren’t self-striping yarns, exactly, they kind of…evolve from one color into the next.”, I appealed to the painter…

NK183 crColor 183. Yes!

NK Koolhaas crKoolhaas Hat (large) – IK Holiday Gifts 2007
Noro Kureyon color 183,
~60g on US7 needles

Next up, a Solid Color Hat (I can be fair)

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Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted, color M120 Limeade.

March 11, 2008 at 8:41 pm 1 comment

Koolhaas for Alaska

After Madrona on Thursday and Friday, with my head stuffed full of new knitting design concepts and ideas I headed to this place.

Mt Hood
Mount Hood.

The weather was incredible weather, clear blue skies. Skiing, sunshine, friends, food, drink. I got to see another great WPA lodge, Timberline. I am always amazed by the big logs in these places. The stair rail finials were all different carved animals, impressive stonework, fireplaces, ironwork, and great light fixtures.

Timberline

It weirds me out to look out the window and see snow, not snow falling or snow on the ground, just snow, like “we’re buried in snow”. I had just walked into the place and knew there was an open exit, so I didn’t have to go all REDRUM, but I don’t think I would like to wake up, think, hmmmm, what am I going to do today?, look out the window and see that.

I brought my current portable knitting project, my notes and pattern from class with Jean Wong to review, and a new hank of Blue Moon STR along.

After class my head, though not quite spinning, was certainly wobbly. I decided I need to do some fancy thinking about tailoring my sweater pattern before I get started.
Set that aside.
Picked up the current portable project, fingerless mittens in Koigu P529, decided I didn’t like the pattern I was using and would prefer another pattern.
That I had back at home.
Sigh.
Set that aside.
Good thing I brought the STR Mediumweight Braun’s Woods.

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I started a swatch.

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Yuck! Stripes. Hmmpf. I am still trying to learn how to look at a hank and predict how it will knit up.
Set that aside.

While in Oregon, we hit the Portland REI to do some sales-tax-free shopping. DD is going on a school trip to Alaska and needs ‘a few’ things. By the time we got to “Hats, wool or polyfleece – QTY 2 minimum” I was in no mood to ‘buy’ a hat. Though I had nothing to knit on the three hour ride home, I had a plan: Koolhaas. I even had a stash yarn in mind.
I took a nap
As soon as we got home I pulled up brooklyntweed and the Koolhaas Hat, showed it to the DD-in-need-of-at-least-2-wool-or-polyfleece-hats and she declared it: Cool.
The yarn, Debbie Bliss Merino Aran was OK’d. Cast on:

Koolhaas in Debbie Bliss

I have wanted to knit this hat since I first saw it and I have had this odd bit of yarn for a long time. Someone gave it to me as a birthday present. Someone who knew that I knit, but is not, nor has ever been, a knitter. Risky. At last, the yarn has a project.

February 24, 2008 at 7:47 pm 3 comments

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