Playing with my Paint Box

Photo by Christine Laennec

Last Saturday I met up with my knitterly pal, Christine Hooray!
We scooted out to Oyne where we enjoyed good coffee, good food, and some wonderful relaxed stitching while we caught up on each other’s news.  Christine exhibited remarkable self-control in the yarn section of Touched by Scotland.  Me? I couldn’t walk away from 2 skeins of Colinette Cadenza in the colourway “Paint Box”.

Dappled Mitts pattern by Shirley Macdonald

 A week later, and I decided to take my new yarn for a test-run.
I thought the splotchy dye would look best as crochet, and started out by trying the Dappled Mitts pattern from Inside Crochet, Issue 48 (above).
That sad little strip of work took me ages and doesn’t do justice to either the yarn or the pattern.

Pattern by Elizabeth Trantham

For my next attempt, I went back to basics and used the “Colorful Stripey Fingerless Mitts” pattern by Elizabeth Trantham (above).  This was much quicker, and much more like the paint-spattered effect I was expecting from this yarn.
But the more I looked at it, the more I thought this yarn would be better-suited to a baby-centric project.
So I did the decent thing and stored it away in the stash, waiting for the next knit-worthy baby to be born.  It may be there for some time… but that’s OK.
Better that than fighting its true destiny.

Vintage Fremont, nearing completion

Today I returned to Vintage Fremont, Act Three.
I had knitted 25 pointy wedges (instead of the original 18), and “all” I had left to do was the zigzag bind-off.
I decided the only thing to be done was to sit down and commit to finishing it.
Eight hours, several coffees and a chocolate brownie later….
It is upstairs, blocking on a towel.  Two towels, actually.
That zigzag bind-off edge is 2.5 metres long.
As FL would say:  “Cheese-oh!”
Yup, it’s a big fella.