Saturday, January 21, 2006
Tired of Donegal Swatches
Okay, I did a third Donegal swatch. I am now official tired of swatching for this sweater. I figure that if I have to knit any more swatches I might as well sew them together for a sweater. So this is what I am concluding.
Swatch 1: I was happy with the pattern colors but felt the background colors were a bit overwhelming.
Swatch 2: I added 2 shades of brown (wood and bark) and didn't use green in the background. If you notice, I am adding 2 colors but taking away only 1. This brings me to 6 background colors which is what the pattern originally called for. I liked this better although I thought that maybe the background could use a bit more color.
Swatch 3: I replaced wood with green. After looking at this I decided that I felt the wood colorway added more than the green did.
Conclusion: I am going with the colors in swatch 2. Finally back to knitting. With the swatches I felt like all I was doing was cutting and knotting yarn.
Other items in the news . . . It seems like the Knitting Olympics have really taken off. I have been contemplating my current projects and what I could actually knit in 16 days. I have a lot of big knitting plans and am still trying to determine if I can sacrifice 16 days. (No, I don't have a birthday to knit for or anything but the seasons they are achanging.)
We also got a cat this week from the shelter. My daughter has named her Ariel (after the Little Mermaid, of course.) We are enjoying having a cat again. Our last cat was lost in August. Now I am working on teaching Ariel to stay out of my yarn. Quite honestly, she is better about it than my children.