Since I don't have much in the way of knitting or spinning to show off, I am pulling a sweater out of the way back machine. I made it maybe 25 years ago. I hadn't seen it in ages and unearthed it during the recent reorganization of all things crafty.
As you can see, I was pretty fearless in my use of pattern, color, and especially texture. I used many different stranded patterns. The patterns on the body and sleeves are consistent, but the yarns are not. Meaning I used the same graph for each sleeve, but used different yarns so they look very different. (click on any picture to see it larger)
I was inspired by Kaffe Fasset's idea that if you aren't sure if it is working, add more colors. I took it further by adding more textures as well. There must be at least 50 different yarns, maybe as much as 100.
Do I hear a contest coming?
Yeppers! Guess how many yarns are in this sweater; the winner will get a skein of handspun love.
Swirl detail showing wool on cotton and angora paired with nubby cotton below.
It is funny because I think of myself as a very conservative and ordered knitter. I am obsessed with detail, continuity and flow between designs, and how ribbing merges with the garment. Yet I have a history of wacky knits like this sweater and the recent Free Socks. Maybe I'm not the knitter I think I am.