Friday, October 26, 2007

Chocolate Rasberry - in Coffee and Sweaters

Thanks to everyone for all the warm, sweet comments. Yes, I am a hormonal basket case. It's not a coincidence that this blog is called, "Hanging By a Thin Thread." But your thoughts are kind and make me feel better. Plus, do be assured that the moods come and go. Most of the time, I'm fine.

At MisKnits the other night, I took along the Ruffled Roses scarf and tried to work on it a bit. It's okay - boring but pretty. I know it's not enough to keep my attention right now. I will probably work on it gradually and try to finish it, but it certainly isn't interesting enough to be my ONLY project.

My Freeform friend Janice Rosema tells me that she frequently works on multiple projects, and it all works out just fine. So perhaps I need to not worry too much about having many many things started and jumping from one thing to another so long as it's keeping me from crying over '70's songs.

I tried to use my intuition and just see what drew me to it. What I was drawn to was this:

Warm chocolate brown and some raspberry --- chocolate raspberry!!!! I have been drinking chocolate raspberry flavored coffee all week. It's delicious - and it reminds me of the project I just started: A chocolate raspberry Einstein coat using one of my favorite yarns from my stash. It's a gorgeous chocolate shade with intermingled deep raspberry tweed. Here is the start of the Einstein - it's the lower (bottom) portion. I many, many more rows of plain old garter stitch on this baby, but hopefully if I do it gradually, interspersed with many other projects, I won't get TOOOOO bored. I've wanted an Einstein coat for myself ever since I knitted one for my daughter four years ago.

And I'm thinking about using the Valentina Devine freeform technique of making a squarish/log cabinish yoke at the top with some of the yarns I have pictured here. I'm not exactly sure how to alter the Melville pattern to accomodate this colorful yoke - but hopefully I'll figure it out as I go. Any suggestions would be welcome.

Tomorrow I have another one-time crochet class with my crochet guru, she'd going to teach me to dabble in Broomstick Lace. I thought it would add to my freeform reportoire.


JessaLu said...

You've chosen some beautiful colors!

Elysbeth said...

Yum! non fattening chocolate and raspberry. Sometimes garter stitch is very soothing, you knit on it a while and the hard drive disengages.

ChelleC said...

Yes, and the chocolate raspberry coffee i'm drinking is nonfattening too. It's flavored beans, but I drink coffee black, therefore, no sugar or cream calories.

Ana said...

I love garter stitch and often I need the "boredom" of it somehow it's soothing to my hectic sorroundings. Also I have many many porjects started and have finally given myself permission to do this.

There are no rules! Only the ones I place and besides often picking up an old project and it becomes all new again. I look at it as oh look at this new project it's halfway done.

Sometimes my projects need to "rest" for me to find a new appreciation for them.

Carol said...

The scarf is looking great. I am so glad you are working on it. Brookstick lace is a lot of fun, looks good and is very easy. When you see it you will be amazed at how simple it is.

Laura said...

I love garter stitch, it's therapy without all the chatter. :) Love those raspberry chocolate colors! I can't wait to see how they knit up for you.