Yesterday I had a lovely Mother's Day. We were still basking in the joy of the Plinkety Pleasures show put on by 5 Cent Coffee et al. Those folks never disappoint! 5 Cent's version of Total Eclipse of the Heart is ringing in my ears. It was fabulous (in a sincerely cheesy and dramatic way).
We had chorizo and popovers (my favorite!) with homemade jam for brunch. A strange combination, but hey, it tasted great.
For dinner, Kay made traditional Jamaican food. Beans and rice with coconut milk, brown stew pork, and fresh carrot juice. Boy, was that good! She even cleaned the kitchen and washed the dishes. What a treat.
I am very grateful to have her in my life. Thank you Kay! Mwah!
Thank you for all the support and ideas (and promises to prod me) for my sweater project. I really appreciate your input.
On the yarn crawl, I also got some Jamieson yarn for a Fair Isle sweater. I got the DK weight (despite Janine's sage advice). I was worried that too fine of a project would keep me from feeling enough accomplishment and I would get stalled. It will be a cardigan with set-in sleeves and corrugated ribbing. I may try Janine's Shaped Shoulders in the Round.
I didn't show the yarn earlier because a couple of colors were missing. They are now here and swatching has commenced. I started with a Saxon design, but it was too
fugly murky. We will not be viewing that one. I decided to go back to basic principles. Some graph paper and doodling got me a pattern I like. I believe that good Fair Isle patterns have a lot of movement. There should be more than horizontal stripes. Marina wrote a great post to show this idea. With this in mind I started by making lines and arrows in all three directions: horizontal, vertical, and diagonally. And, then fill it in for design and to decrease float length.
I am fairly happy with the pattern. This is a rough chart (with a few errors in it). I made the chart in Excel by making the cells small and square. Then I just selected cells to paint with gray. It is clunky and crude, but it is software I already own.
Here is my swatch (as usual, click for big):
The colors are great for me. I think it needs something more though. The transition from Amber (orange) to Buttercup (darker yellow) is too abrupt. I don't have the pop colors either. It feels a little flat.
My colors are all Jamieson. The greens in order are: #825 Olive, #233 Spagnum, #147 Moss, #1140 Granny Smith, #365 Chartreuse, and #350 Lemon. The Red-Yellows in order are #187 Sunrise, #587 Madder, #578 Rust, #478 Amber, #182 Buttercup, #350 Lemon, and #104 Natural White.
Here is the swatch tiled to give a sense of how the garment will look.
What do you think? What colors should I add? or remove?
Modifications to the chart? It may need more emphasis on the diagonals.
Brutal honesty is requested.