As you get older, it seems that what suited you in the past, no longer suits you and you've got to get used to a new set of colours. This is particularly upsetting for us hard headed types. While at the Finger Lakes Fibre Fest this weekend, I could be seen repeatedly holding skeins up to my face and asking nearby browsers for their opinion. In this way, I learned that others think that teal looks good on me now and coral does not. D-mn. Nor does the purpley blue of the Pine Tree Palatine, alas. Western New Yorkers take note: Jeannine Sims is taking names to knit with Galina Khmeleva here in Rochester on April 18th, 2009. You can contact her through the Rochester Knitting Guild. I must finish with the Pine Tree by then if I'm to hold my head up in April.
So, I've been consoling my self for the past week or so with a Seamless Yoke Sweater knit according to the Elizabeth Zimmerman percentage method. Everything starts with one measurement. All other calculations are based (more or less) on a percentage of the circumference you want the garment to be around the chest. You do a gauge swatch and multiply the number of stitches per inch by the desired finished circumference. Then you cast on. You can add shaping or not. You can make it any length you want. No setting in sleeves. Did I say it fits perfectly? Best of all, it's all done in one piece with no seams. The method is well described in EZ's books, Knitting Around and her Knitting Workshop as well as in Wendy Bernard's recent Custom Knits which I have out from the Guild library. The design tips are in the last 16 pages or so of Bernard's book.
I put EZ's Hawser motif around the hem, cuffs and yoke. I used Lett Lopi (Lopi Lite) yarn. I'm currently gathering the energy to baste and cut the steek, like I did on my other Lopi. I have no idea whether this colour suits me wither. The pictures that I've taken so far do not reflect the real background colour. It looks like a boring forest green when it's really a dark sea green blue colour; Maybe. Anyway. Sorry there are no photos. I'm flaked out at the moment, but will post some with time.
I do have photos of another recently finished project however - my second Weldon's Double Bordered Diamond Scarf. This one is dark navy. It was supposed to be black, but I compromised. Same yarn - Karabella Lace Merino. There must be a devil at Karabella, I think. Someone with pent up anger who wants to put a spoke in the works. You have to be very careful if you want to get the right shade. Not only is the navy very dark, almost black, but the numbers for each shade are very close - navy is no. 3612 and black is no. 3617. Not very nice. Just saying.
Another gift, it looks good on this chair, I think:
I'm also halfway through a brown sock and La-La's Simple Shawl. This pattern is just right for the brain dead, for those watching TV, or for those in need a pattern for a quick gift. This CoolFlick site, or QFlick (things change so quickly now) takes people's Flickr shots and presents them in a way that on the one hand can make you feel very dizzy, and on the other hand makes these very simple shawls look stunning. Mine's not finished or photographed yet.