Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Work-in-Progress Wednesday


When casting on this latest pair of socks I was determined to make them scrappy. After all I've got about a shoebox full of odd balls of sock yarn that I need to work through. I'd picked out the pattern Gentleman's Shooting Stockings in Fluted Pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks, with the half-baked idea that I'd work odd rounds in dark grey and even rounds in scrap colours. But recalling this advice from Weldon's vintage patterns - when changing colors, the first RS row or round of the new color must be knitted plain -  I quickly realized that wouldn't work. Given that this fluted pattern is constructed from knit and purl wedges, working plain knit rounds with any regularity would entirely disrupt the pattern. And I wasn't prepared to ignore the advice and let purl bumps of the previous colour disrupt each successive round, so wide stripes it was. That one knit round after every 18 rounds of pattern just disappears into the work.

Until you try it you just never know whether the colours are going to work together. When combining scraps I try to think about how quilters do it. In this case I gathered all my cold coloured and neutral coloured scraps. Working in my favour is the fact that most of my scraps are solid colours or subtle tonals - they'll all play together fine. I've also tried to make sure there's sufficient contrast between adjacent colours and tried to avoid putting blues side-by-side. So far I'm pleasantly surprised by the effect. I'd wear that.

It's Work-in-progress Wednesday and I'm linking up with the group at Tami's Amis. Please take a few minutes to click the links and see what the others have been working on. You may find the next great idea for your stash yarn!

16 comments:

sparkeespud said...

Well I am glad you found some way to work with your scraps! Your sock projects lately have been making me want to knit more on my socks!

geeky Heather said...

I love those colors together. That pop of peacock blue you're working now is gorgeous!

Dee said...

That's a great mix of colors. Reminds me of Zauberball.

Janet said...

Great colors.

Elisabeth Andree said...

What a great way to use your leftover yarns, the colours match beautifully. You have an eye for good color palettes.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Great colour combo - you've got me thinking about some scrappy socks now.

LE said...

No one will know these socks were made from scraps! If you hadn't written, I would have never guessed!!
I love the title of your blog by the way - makes me giggle every time I see it!

katie metzroth said...

Are you using half of each color so the other sock will match? This looks cool - I like how you're mixing the colors!

WildflowerWool said...

Great use of the left overs. They look like they were made to go together :)

Caffeine Girl said...

You did a great job picking out colors. They work really well together!

steph said...

i think this is working great!!! loving it!

Gracey is not my name.... said...

I really just admire you and your socks...wondering off to pull out the 4 pairs ONT that i have at present...

Alittlebitsheepish said...

Those colours work really well together, yor socks looks super

Evelyn said...

I love the colours you've chosen to put together. Scrappy projects can look amazing but sometimes if the colours don't work they just look a bit of a mess. Definitely not the case with yours :-)

stefanie g-r said...

Those socks are gorgeous! What a great idea for using up sock yarn leftovers.

Chrisknits said...

It may have been mentioned already, but quilters use a handy clear red card that you can look at the colors through. It helps you to read value instead of color. I would also lay my fabrics on a quilt rack and back up across the room. That way the distance helped me to "read" the value without focusing on the colors. Nancy Marchant has a great tip for yarn. Wrap a piece of cardboard, about 2" wide with the colors you are auditioning. Them give yourself at least an arm's length to judge the value. I love the colors in the sock.