While I’m well pleased with how these came out, I’m a little sad I didn’t have enough yarn left to make myself one. I guess I could make it of wool instead. I probably have enough stash wool to swing one.
Inspired by a vintage pattern, I adapted them to have realistic pansy coloring, but then screwed up and misordered the petals. They still look like pansies, though, so I’m pretty satisfied. They’re also a triple thickness almost throughout, thanks to the overlapping petals. I almost let the petals themselves form the 2 plies, but I decided I preferred the way the green backing/loop/leaf made the colors pop a bit more (those Sonata colors were duller than I expected). Because of all the gathering/overlapping, my 6 balls of yarn weren’t quite enough, and I had to add a ball of mercerized Nashua, which I wasn’t crazy about crocheting. It was only marginally heavier, but the plies were much looser, which made it easy to snag.
Maybe I’ll write up this pattern next week! There was a lot of freeforming to start, but I more or less standardized it by the end.
The weird part of this whole thing is that I am suddenly without any WIP, for the first time in years. I’m going to have to give careful consideration of what’s next!
In other news, I really hope the pattern I submitted to knitty gets picked for First Fall. I’m really pleased with it, though I probably could have gotten better pictures if the weather hadn’t been so glum. Either way, I hope I find out soon because I totally want to show it off.
This weekend, I’ll be vending at Knitting in the Heartland, and for the first time ever, I’ve actually taped out a little 10×10 square in my foyer so I can figure out in advance how to set up. Now I just have to figure out how to fit all my crap in the car.
Here’s the info. The marketplace is free to the public, and they’re also offering various classes (I don’t know if they still have openings).
KNITTING IN THE HEARTLAND Featuring Melissa Leapman
Saturday, March 27 & Sunday, March 28 2010
Ramada Inn, 7240 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Overland Park, KS 66202
Come out and see me and blow all your hard-earned cash! Hurrah!