Thursday, December 18, 2014

Color Affection

Wowzers, it's been a long time!  I've been stricken with a lack of motivation to write, and an increase in motivation to finish things up.  In the last couple months, I've finished up 3 sweaters, 2 scarves, a quilt and my blazer!  Most of these have been finished for some time, and just waiting for that rare combination of me having time to take photos and the sky not being grey.  It's that season again :-)

I decided to post them in order of completion.  So first up is my Color Affection scarf.  I guess it's really more like a shawl - it's enormous!  But I generally wear all my shawls as scarves, wrapping them several times around my neck.  Here I draped it in a more shawl-like way, so you could see the stripes.


This project was started last November, and had been languishing for a while.  To be honest, I probably wouldn't have finished it as quickly as I did if it hadn't been for Jen - she and some other friends started a knit-along in October on Instagram, and the camaraderie was just the push I needed.  I even finished it on time to show it to her in person when I visited Asheville in October!


I love the finished scarf, but I have to admit, I didn't love knitting it.  I like the pattern quite a bit - like most of Veera's patterns, it's an innovative and interesting knit.  But my yarn was a bear to knit with:  very splitty.  Thank goodness it's a joy to wear though - it's a lovely mix of silk, alpaca and merino.  Yes, it is THAT soft.


I guess I should have steamed it before taking these pix - you can see the fold lines!  I'm a bit ashamed to admit that aside from the day I met Jen in Asheville, this scarf has not been worn.  It's just been sitting in my drawer.  I love the colors but they don't actually go with a whole lot in my closet other than grey.  Also, I haven't been going out much - I've been staying home and finishing up projects!



Ravelry notes here.

40 comments:

  1. This is simply lovely. I love the modern lines and I can only imagine how soft it is! I trust you'll find some ways to wear it more!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! Even if I don't, I'm glad I made this - it was such an interesting pattern! She's a great designer.

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  2. This is lovely Gail, the greys are beautiful.

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  3. This is divine! I'm just in total awe that a person could knit all those stripes.

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    1. Thanks, Debbie! I think this is your kind of design actually - very asymmetrical!

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  4. I have to admit: I don't wear my color affection much, either. Mine is far too large and heavy to be a useful scarf, and far too shallow and long to be a useful shawl. The colors sure are pretty, though!

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    1. Thanks, Alicia! I know some folks who wear theirs often, but I'm afraid I'll be more in your camp. Still, it's more about the process for me, so not a wasted effort!

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  5. Okay, now, gray goes with loads of things. that scarf/shawl is gorgeous, you MUST wear it more! how about with pastel blue, pinks, purple, plum, or even just plain black?

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! LOL - I like how you're scolding me! I think these photos don't show the true colors. There's only one grey, which is the palest color. The next is a gorgeous aquamarine, and the darkest is really move of a smoky purple.

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  6. It's really beautiful! I love the way this pattern looks! Someday I will knit a shawl. I just need to feel confident that I have the endurance to make it through. It's really fantastic that you've been finishing so many projects! I have been going through a bit of a spell with finishing too, and it feels GREAT!

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    1. Thank you! I think your post on finishing up actually inspired me to work my way through some of this stuff!

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  7. It's beautiful!!!! I love the colors and can imagine how soft it is! <3

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  8. It's lovely. I can't imagine committing to knit something so delicious, so I applaud your work - maybe it will mature well & be perfect for next season's wardrobe ;)

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    1. Thank you - I like that thought! And you know, this was much quicker to make than the AC projects!

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  9. It is stunning Gail and I do you wear it more often. I have the pattern, yarn and am hoping to cast on my own soon.

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    1. Thanks, Tracey! I think you'll really enjoy making this - it's so fun to watch the stripes grow.

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  10. Yay! You finished it! Turned out beautifully!

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    1. I did, with a little push :-) Thanks!

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  11. I hope you do find things to wear this with because it is so beautiful! I love the stripes. Gorgeous work!

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  12. Gail you look amazing in these photos - please tell me you're going to wear this outfit more often because, well, wow!! I really like the size and shape of CA, I think you could get away with using it as a big scarf in the winter over a coat too. And grey goes with most colours... Tell you what, if you find it languishing in a drawer for more than a month this winter, send it over to me cos I think I'm in love!!

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    1. Hehehe, it's a deal! Thank you! Yes, when I wore this before I did wear it as a scarf. I like that it's wide enough that it can go either way. You should give this one a go - it's all garter stitch!

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  13. Homegurl, you are adorable. Such a foxy mama. Tour color affection is one of the best I've ever seen. Love.

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    1. Hehehe, thanks! Do you remember this yarn? It's the one I bought when we went to Art Fibers!

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  14. Love, love, love how your shawl turned out!

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  15. This is GORGEOUS, and I have already been stalking the pattern on Ravelry after I saw your version on instagram!

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    1. Thanks, Lynne! You should give it a try!

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  16. Wow! This is a stunner! I love the lines in this- it's so interesting, and the colors you chose are really, really pretty. Now make a coat that matches this so you can wear it out and about! :D

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    1. Thank you! This is one of those projects that, if you start looking at FOs on Ravelry, you'll see so many great color combos that you'll want to make about a million of these! I know a few people who have made several!

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  17. very pretty! The colors and stripes together have such a calming feeling even across the screen! Love it :)

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    1. Thank you! Yes, they are calming colors, aren't they?

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  18. It's beautifl, so beautiful. Maybe you can make it more of a house wrap, that way you can wear it often without worrying if your coordinate! I've got a couple of shawl patterns in my queue, one in particular looks like waves, can't remember the name but you've inspired me to start thinking about sourcing some yarn for it!

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    1. Thank you! I do use them as house wraps occasionally :-) I think I know the wave pattern you're talking about - it's really neat!

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  19. Simply lovely. The muted colours are ace!

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