I am sitting here reviewing last blog and getting ready to type a new one. Actually, I did that a several weeks ago! Now, I am revising and rewriting.
Not sure what I did. I thought I had finished the last blog. Must have been a senior moment. Hoping that I do not have too many of them this coming year. I think it is best to just leave it unfinished and move on to more current stuff.
Almost two years ago, I started knitting with a group of ladies on Wednesdays at my favorite yarn shop. I am very glad I did this. I made new friends and have increased my knitting skills tremendously. I have learned a greyt deal about different yarns and how to use them. I have become better at mixing colors and trying new techniques and projects that without this group of ladies I would never imagined that I would be able to do. I credit this group, along with my BKB (best knitting buddy) for the success of most of my projects. (Notice, I said ‘most’)
My last blog and shared a scarf and a knitted top that I completed after just a couple of weeks into the new year.
The green Twisted Tunic was a combination of a couple different patterns, along with my own creativity. It turned out so well and boosted my confidence to knit more tops. I now have three tops on my needles, yarn for another along with a brioche shawl, and other assorted WIPs.
Earlier this year I jumped on the ‘Find Your Fade’ bandwagon. Hours were spent finding the right colors and yarns, and conversing with my BKB and other knitting buddies.
This was as far as I got. It then was put into hibernation, along with all WIPs, as I became lost in the forest with my bunny obsession.
While knitting the Twisted Tunic, I started rethinking the Fade and came to the conclusion that I was not real lying into finding my fade in the context of a shawl. I thought it might be fun to make a top using the fade colors.
So, my search on Ravelry began. I decided on an Anke Strick pattern called, Ujo. It met my requirements for tunic length, simple lines, easy to knit and using fingering yarns. I think it would be fun to play with different colors and striping to create a fade or blending of colors.
I frogged the ‘Fade’ shawl and started thinking how I wanted to put my colors together. Some colors were removed and others added.
I had an idea of what I wanted, but also decided to make it up as I went along. After all, I had gained a new confidence with my knitting skills. I think, ‘I’m good, I can do this.’
Okay, not looking bad so far. The color in this photo is a bit off, the the pink really brings out the pink in the grey Western Sky Yarn.
Okaaay, I have knitted a lot now. I even finished the sleeves, something that is usually not done until the garment is almost finished. (And if I was smart, I would have waited and not finished the sleeves so early!)
I’m not sure that I am liking the bright pink and share my doubts with my friends on Wednesday Knit Group. (Remember how I praised these ladies earlier?) No one shared my doubts, they ALL thought it was looking greyt and the colors blended well.
So, I continued knittting, . . .
The following week I go back to the Wednesday Knit Group, and again express doubts about a bright fuchsia color across my chest. I event try it on. I am still the only one with doubts. So, I think, ‘okay, it is just me and I continue to complete the top, including the inner pockets. I do like the color contrast to the inside of the pockets, and I how the other colors blended.
It is finally complete, I try it on and, . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . TO BE CONTINUED!
Find out what happens next! I promise to not keep you in suspense too long.