Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Switching Gradually from Purple

A new project is in my hands this week. To be truthful it is actually a project I started in April and had planned to knit on our car trip east. The socks have been sitting neglected in a project bag in the corner. I picked them back up when I finished the purple pair of socks (which was right after the purple shawl).    These have quite a bit of purple in them too, but I think it may be balanced out by the green and yellow.  Apparently I have been on a purple yarn jag. The pattern is The Crazy Monkeys, and I am using Yarn Love Scarlett O'Hara in the Affection colorway. It is an easy pattern to memorize, and I am almost to the heel. I am trying a little trick my friend taught me of breaking the knitting into workable segments. My goal is to knit three repeats each day. This means I will have them finished by next week (I am an eternally optimistic knitter, although some may say delusional).

The other projects I mentioned last week are caught up. The Mystery Shawl is progressing nicely(the red shawl from last week). I updated my project page with a current photo. I have finished clue #3 and am waiting for the next one to be posted this Friday. It is a really fast knit. This may be because I am eager to see how the lace develops with each clue. The granny square sampler project is also up to date. I will work on the current clue today or tomorrow. I am starting to become fairly quick with the squares now, which is very exciting.

For my reading, I finished Stolen this weekend. Despite my initial hesitation with the book, I decided to just read it. I am glad I did. It was a compelling read. As I read, I worried that it would turn into some type of love story. The author did not do this and addressed many of my concerns in the end discussing Stockholm Syndrome and the kidnapping. I am still listening to Death Comes to Pemberley and have started The Butterfly Cabinet. I have not gotten far enough in either to give an honest opinion.

So, all you Yarn-Alongers, do you ever find yourself knitting certain colors in a series or maybe certain pattern types? Do tell.

25 comments:

  1. The socks are very pretty Heather and the pattern title is super. I like the idea of a schedule to finish them and really think I will borrow that idea. I have had a pair of socks on needles for a while now and am just to the heel flap of one; this is taking far too long and I need to finish them.
    I really like the title of your book, The BUtterfly Cabinet sounds interesting.
    Have a great yarn along day.

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  2. its great @! i'm loving the ttl shawl project, time for clue 4 to arrive !!!!! :))))

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  3. i love purple yarn!!! the socks are too cute, love them!

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  4. I'm usually an optimistic knitter too. Setting a knitting goal is a great idea, I try sometimes but tend to get carried away with big dreams and dragged back to earth with little knitting time ;-)
    I love the colorway! The colors do balance each other nicely.

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  5. I always catch myself choosing greys or cremes. I lvoe your colors--it lways make it a tad more fun to watch the colors unwind themselves from the ball as you knit them(except when pooling happens)Happy Knitting!

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  6. I'm forever having to play catch up, but first let me say.. Oh gosh you're in a Mystery Shawl KAL? You're the second person who has mentioned one and I love the idea of these KALs! Is it like a secret society? ;)

    The yarn you're using for your Crazy Monkey socks reminds me of spring and a bright garden. What a fun pattern!

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    1. Don't worry there is no handshake. I really like mystery KALs, because the project is parsed out over the month. I am eager to know what the design will look like, so I knit quickly. I just signed up for a Stephen West one in July. I think I may have lost my mind.

      When I started these socks, I also thought the same thing. Perfect Easter basket socks.

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  7. Greens, blues and pinks for me - definitely!
    I'm glad to know I'm not the only one that ssometimes sets myself a daily progress goal for knitting.
    Your project is gorgeous!

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  8. Beautiful pattern....eeeap.
    Tend to stick with pastels...I want to push myself into the charcoals and browns a bit this year. With socks I like to knit them up fast so I always use "Wendy toe up"

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    1. I too am wanting to incorporate a few more grays this year.

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  9. Can the socks be for me??? Pretty please? I love the colorway and that pattern is wonderful :)

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  10. Gorgeous socks! I am twitchingly eager to cast on my own pair.

    My knitting palette is currently lime green and turquoise. I can't stop myself!

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  11. Maybe I should listen to Death instead of reading it? My copy is still by my bedside, waiting for me to pick up and read it again - at this rate, I'll have to restart the whole book since I may forget the storyline. I see you're knitting two at a time. Smart! And I say, you're optimistic! Delusional would fit me right now. :)

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  12. I'm reading Butterfly Cabinet, too!!!

    Loving that yarn! Can I get on your sock list, too????

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  13. I absolutely love what's going on with your sock yarn. Awesome!

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  14. The colors in that yarn remind me of spring flowers. So beautiful! Great idea to have a self-imposed knitting deadline. Usually works for me.

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  15. I find that I knit in a pattern of the seasons. Right now I can not get away from neutrals and softer colors, even though I have some serious holiday knitting that needs to be completed in browns and charcoals. The colors you have chosen are beautiful, and it will be neat to see them finished.

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  16. Oh yes. I love the color green and find myself really drawn to yarn with green in it.

    Thank you for linking the sock pattern. I knit Cookie A.'s original Monkey pattern and would LOVE to try it toe-up.

    I enjoyed Death Comes to Pemberley and hope you do, too.

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  17. Those socks are gorgeous, and I love the yarn. I think breaking things down into sizeable/do-able is fabulous!

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  18. Those are coming out so beautiful and the colors are perfect!! I hope that when I'm a better knitter that I can try a mystery shawl that sounds like such a fun idea!! Have a wonderful rest of the day mama:)

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  19. Someone else in the Yarn Along today is also reading The Butterfly Cabinet. I will have to look for that one and give it a try. I love the colors in the socks you are knitting. Enjoy the rest of the week.

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  20. Love the yarn, I think the purple is perfectly balanced by the other colors. Beautiful pattern.

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  21. that pattern looks so pretty heather! i like the title of your post too, i think the way we're drawn to colors is just so interesting.

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  22. I must check over my past projects Heather to see if there is a colour/style theme...I suspect that mine are quite diverse because I've been doing lots of odd little projects and they have been a bit sparse over the last few weeks. I'm anxious to get my teeth into a nice project ( I have lots in mind) but the garden is taking precedence at the moment...especially relocating slugs and snails from my courgette plants to other ones!

    Happy knitting and reading.
    Deb

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