Yarn’s been on my mind recently.
I’m having a bit of a crisis..
I’ve also just bought these – unbanded mystery yarn from the Bullring yarne shoppe. Pink in shades from Baby to Crack Ho with flashes of toffee to keep it tasteful, and what initially looks to be silver tinselly bits woven in, but on closer inspection is tiny strips of clear cellophane-type material. Sounds … DIRE. But actually quite nice. Something for Niece #1 possibly. The second a boucle in Browns, all the way from ecru to taupe. Woo! (Oh yes, in case I forgot to mensh, not loving the boucle slubby nubby stuff either). I shall make a camel from it (I am hoping to make a Noah’s Ark and a Nativity scene this year), or maybe some sheep. I have also been deeply taken by this (scroll down to Liquorice). And today I almost bought a green, white and orange mohair in Rackham’s sale – my father would be pirouetting in his grave, no mean feat for a man who made Triple H look petite. Sorry, petit. Hell no – I DO mean petite. Ma daddy was a MAN.
Admittedly, I’m thinking scarves, kiddie stuff, weird amigurumi toy stuff – where the maddcolorz either don’t really matter or are absolutely essential to the project. I’d never do a sweater in the tricolour mohair f’rinstance (well, not for a grown-up. E.g., me, or someone my age or younger and more than, say, 10. My mum – maybe. If she acted her age). But I’d make myself a shrug in the pinky. And even contemplate a big ol’ sudden-cold-snap-and-the-heating-dies cardi/jacket in the Liquorice. What gives, as our colonial cousins would say?
I’m struggling with this. Okay, first off, if we’re talking animals (camels, sheep, etc), then anything goes for the effect. Kids, again, well the girlies love the spangles, and the boys haven’t fallen into the Boring Man-Rut yet. Scarves – anything goes. They’re an accessory, so you might want to make one scarf matching several different outfits – multicoloured is therefore good. Shawls and wraps, OTH, look nasty in multis*. Like you were using up all the leftovers in your stash – nothing wrong with that, just, well. But could you not make a Fair Isle at least? Make it look less like a desperate “oh shite, I’m running out of wool so I’ll just make a Dr Who scarf type thing” project. Not that I’D EVAR use a shawl anyhoo**.
It’s the Liquorice cardi that throws me.
So, let’s approach this from the other side. Arans do not need maddcolorz. In fact, anything with a stitch pattern, even something as basic as basketweave, doesn’t need maddcolorz. I go so far as to say knitted lace doesn’t need maddcolorz, though I’ve only done one lace pattern myself. So, anything with textural or sculptural qualities should be done in one colour – not multi-coloured, tweed, flecked, handpainted, etc. If it’s just acres of stockinette, go for it. If it’s kiddy, or special- occasion like a shrug or do-it-all like a scarf – go for it. If it’s for an elderly person – take your pick. Toys, intarsia, Fair Isle, it goes without saying.
That Liquorice cardi is still bugging me…
* Please note these are the opinions of the author, expressed after 6 beers, 2 bottles of wine, and a hefty brandy in the early hours of New Year’s Day, and are not meant to be taken seriously as meaning anything. If you handpaint/dye your own yarn, The Author is deeply jealous of you and wishes she had a more co-operative toddler so she could do likewise. If you are enamoured of the maddcolorz yarn and never use anything else – well, so does The Author. Okay she does use other stuff and MAKES A BIG THANG OF IT, but she breaks her own rulez lotz tuu.
** I’ve been reading some interesting Ravelry threads on attitudes towards knitting, crochet, handcrafts generally. One thing that pops out is that all the handcrafts are associated with being poor, lower-class, etc. That’s shawls to me. They’re for people who can’t afford proper warm coats, or decent heating in their homes (I include here home-made coats, and self-felled timber or self-dug turf fires – whatever). Afghans fall in the same category. People who need shawls or afghans to stay warm are people who can’t (because of age or infirmity) or won’t (because of laziness) provide the needful for themselves. I’m a snob.