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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Foofaraw excites Toscana

What kind of person would *experiment* over and over with a simple pattern to obtain a reproducible results? Hint: (knitting) geek.

I love that phrase.

Reproducible results.

As a designer, I’m supposed to be all over that concept and it was incredible to think so-called similar yarns were NOT going to play nice together.

Experiment #1, 2, 3: I started out mixing Koigu with Colinette. Both the tone and yarn size combo flopped, nix nix rip.

The little stats table from yesterday was created and studied. What stood out for me was the similarity in yardage between the STR Lightweight & Jitterbug. I wasn’t too sure about the color combo but knew from past experience a little shell pink might be a very good thing in small quantities.

Into ye olde test tube went a skein of STR “Foofaraw” and the Jitterbug “Toscana”.

It took about two inches to blow up into a very funkified pool so frustrating I had not the will to photograph it. This loss of will has never happened to me before (perhaps because of the Can Do/I WILL Make it Work clause in the Declaration of Geekitude, who knows).

But I tried again, this time draping the color I liked the most in the STR halfway across the midpoint of the scarf, after the border was worked and guesstimated the length needed to center the run by going backwards towards the beginning of the row to start the working yarn from there. This was better for awhile but it also puddled and rebeled. WTF?!!?

Nothing was left to do at this point but to play on the computer (wanted to find out what was wrong with Heath Ledger’s teeth in “the Lords of Dogtown”). Ate a great junk food lunch of pizza and chips because it was Sunday it was sunny and dropping crumbs into one’s keyboard is very lucky. (Ask Bill Gates.)

Sustained by cheese, I went back to the Chevron. This time I pulled out lengths of each yarn and really looked at them.

In common:
yarn diameter
yarn content and finish (scary

14 responses to “Wednesday, September 5, 2007”

  1. Tracey says:

    Oh Hot Damn! That looks fabulous. Your hard work has definitely paid off.

  2. Becky says:

    You whipped that sock into shape with your mad knitting geekness. The color variegation you’ve got going on is fab!

  3. Karen B. says:

    I love how these handpaints mix so madly (and wonderfully) together, bringing out something completely unexpected from both “parent” yarns into the Chevron “child”!

  4. Patty says:

    Just beautiful!

  5. Cathy-Cate says:

    Geekitude rules!
    That looks awesome, and I never would have anticipated the end result from the beginning skeins. (I would have bailed and bought another sock yarn….good for the economy, bad for my storage situation and personal relationships…) Perseverance does pay off — sometimes!

  6. Joan says:

    You’re so SMART!

  7. Carol says:

    Wow! Your theory looks proven! Beautiful!

  8. meg says:

    String Theory. Loveit. :-D I suspect you may be Obsessed. Seriously.

  9. Gail R says:

    I didn’t really like the colors as shown individually but in your work — well — they sing!


  10. Bonne Marie says:

    I’m with you Gail! I actually loved the Toscana but was very *eh* about the Foofaraw after it arrived [after adoring it online, oh well, ever have that happen to you?]

    I was keeping my fingers crossed the greens in both the yarns would merge; the shell pink coast; and the peacock blue and red pop here and there.

    It’s not really kiddie looking is it? [It does go with the Red Hair.]

  11. lisa says:

    Ohhhh! This is a winning combination. I don’t think it looks “kiddie”.

  12. meg says:

    Not kiddie at all — gorgeous. I think I missed the point of that scarf pattern, it’s in the stripes, the color combo. On first glance, I just thought “pretty old shale scarf”.

  13. Sonya says:

    Oh so gorgeous. You may take the lab coat off and put that clip board now, job well done.

  14. Wanda says:

    Dude, you’re way too smart. I do like the two together. Looks great. When I see Foofaraw on its own, it doesn’t call to me, but put together, very nice!

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