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Monday, 12 July 2010

faun or no faun?

when I received the surprise parcel with the "poison" wollmeise yarn, I decided to do a scarf with a "faun's eyes" pattern.... but after doing a sample I am not so sure. the strong colours seem to distract from the pattern and I can't decide if I should go ahead and knit - or hunt out another pattern that might fit the "poison" colours. I think I'll keep the photo close and look at it every now and then - until I can make up my mind:)) what do you think? I also might go up a needlesize for the actual knitting - if I do keep the pattern. maybe it will grow on me - once we go closer to halloween?? I guess I'll finish the leaf scarf first! the other thing about the faun's eyes pattern is that it isn't quite so easy to remember. the spring leaves pattern is very regular and you can easily see what row comes next just by looking at the last repeat. not so with the faun's eyes - there is patterning in both RS and WS rows (though not complicated) and I had to look at the pattern all the time to keep working (might be easier if I translated it into a chart - it's in B. Walker's book, the red one).

this afternoon I am going to go down our lane and pick some lady's bedstraw. it thrives on the stone walls here, which makes getting to the red dyeing roots impossible - but the tops dye a nice yellow and I wanted to put some into a few jars for solar dyeing. I did another quick dye with blue delphinium flowers that toppled over in the storm, but most of them were light blue, which doesn't give a strong green - in contrast to the very dark blue blossoms. I am hoping that the grey weather will pick up a little - otherwise my jars will stay for months before proper colours show....

5 comments:

Ulrike said...

in case, my first comment gets published a while later, just delete this.
This is the old problem with multi-coloured yarns, they just don't go well with lace or any other pattern. I would search for a pattern, that is not really the main attraction but looking for some pattern, that would stay in the background and let the yarn talk

send rain
U^^

Woolly Bits said...

yep, I know - maybe I am just a bit foolish to try to match a colour name to a pattern name:)) maybe I should just knit a scarf in brioche with this....
sorry - the rain might be a problem - your "high" is pushing the rain clouds right back to us... our tanks and butts are nearly full again (why did I complain 2 weeks ago?:))

Delighted Hands said...

This green roving is beautiful! I love the results of your natural dyeing! The lace is beautiful, too, it is hard to know if a variegated will work with a pattern but this one is superb! What makes you hesitate over using it?

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Schnusel said...

hmm, ich finde, das muster sieht mehr nach herzchen aus. vielleicht solltest du wirklcih ein anderes muster aussuchen, das selbst nicht so auffällig ist. kommt dem schönen garn sicher zugute. sonst stehen garn und muster irgendwie in konkurrenz zueinander und das macht das ganze unruhig, wie ich finde...