Wednesday, July 8, 2009
One of my challenges when knitting is matching my yarn to a complementary pattern, so that each is shown off to best advantage. This time I really think I've hit one out of the park. The Noro yarn is fabulous, with dramatic colour transitions and texture variations. It needs a pattern that's simple and bold enough to let the yarn shine - like Ocean Waves. With 105 stitches instead of 35, it'll be blanket size instead of scarf size.
But Gavin points out that there is nothing "watery" or "oceany" about this colourway. More "earthy" or "muddy" really. And he's all about water and waves, so I'll have to cede his point. To me, the waves in my knitting are reminiscent of the stratification you see in sedimentary rock. Like the striation of the sandstone shown below the picture of my knitting. Kind of archeological.
So it's my third day of knitting my Stratification blanket. Should be done in plenty of time for the September shipment of the Warm Hands Network for the Innu communities in Labrador. And I can't wait to see how the pattern opens up after washing and blocking!