Saturday, July 15, 2017

Bad Influences Require Decisions

A couple of my knitting group friends are terrible influences. They both started the Starting Point wrap and spent one Knit Night talking about it and how great it was so I, of course, started pondering it myself.
When I received my June 2017 nom of the month club skein, the deal was set.
The skein had so many colors in it that I thought I could find many colors to go with it in my stash. Being in the nom club for as long as I have been, and not knitting up my skein every month, has allowed me to build a nice little stash of the gorgeous stuff. Many of them are semi solids which works very well for colorwork projects and stripey things. I love shopping from stash for things like that. So, when I was rooting around in the stash looking for things to bring to our stash swap, I also dug through and found some contenders.
I ended up with these 5 colors.

I love how the variegated has bits of each of the colors in it. I really felt like that would tie them all together. Of course a large, looming problem stood in my way. I had to wind 5 skeins of yarn! Yikes. It sat for a couple of weeks while I worked away on my spinning for Tour de Fleece and then the other evening, while watching TV with the husband, I didn't feel like spinning and felt utterly bored with my current knitting projects so I decided to wind the yarn. I've been really trying to focus on finishing up projects rather than starting new ones but I decided it was time to at least wind the yarn. 
I really found the variegated skein to be unusual-looking once it was wound. Almost like a speckled yarn rather than a traditional variegated.
Of course, once the yarn was wound it was only a matter of time until it was on the needles. 
I squished the 5 skeins of yarn into my knitting bag and off I went this morning. Rather than cleaning the house like I was supposed to be doing. Oops.
I designated the colors (in clockwise order starting with the yellow in the lower right) Butter: color 1, Steam: color 2, June 2017(unnamed): color 3, Ashburton: color 4 and Khaki: color 5.
Since I wasn't too concerned about gauge as this is a wrap and not a fitted garment, I decided to just cast on and use that as a swatch to see if I liked the colors together. It starts pretty small after all. 
Away I knit, until I had this. So, I'm having 2 issues with it. The first is this.
So many ends already! This I can easily fix by weaving them in as I go along rather than leaving them all to the end. The second is a little bit more frustrating and one that I need your help with. Yes, YOU dear reader. I'm concerned that the variegated is too bold and is taking away from the other colors.

In the pictures, it even doesn't seem as bad as it does in real life. It's so bright, with a few pops of fluorescent color even, that I think it might be taking away from the contrast that's between the other colors. The contrast that you need with this kind of project. So I need to make a decision. A difficult-to-make decision. That's where I would like your help. 
Leave me a comment telling me to either continue onward or rip and find something else to be color 3. 
I truly don't seem to be able to make a decision on my own so tell me what you think!
Option A: knit onward! It seems fine or will still work.
Option B: Rip it! Find something else to use as the variegated and keep that skein for something simple like a Hitchhiker or something.

7 comments:

Kirsten Vouk said...

B & A
How many more times will it pop up?
Would it look sweet when done?

Kirsten Vouk said...

B & A
How many more times will it pop up?
Would it look sweet when done?

Hattie Tavares said...

It's going to be awesome! I love my starting point, hoping to do a second one.

Hattie Tavares said...

I skimmed and missed the part where you said you had an issue with your multi, I had the same issue actually and ended up swapping it out for a solid in the end, it all looked so good in skeins but I didn't like it when I actually started knitting. I was much happier! I have also found that for the most case, I prefer the wraps other people have done that are all solids, other than a few with really good speckles. My second one is going to be all solids as well.

Hattie Tavares said...

Here are my original colors for reference:

https://images4-e.ravelrycache.com/uploads/Hattie/448634271/20170519_074435-1_medium.jpg

And how it looked being knit up

https://images4-b.ravelrycache.com/uploads/Hattie/449017959/20170521_111854_medium.jpg

Then I used these!

https://images4-e.ravelrycache.com/uploads/Hattie/449034105/20170521_131832_medium2.jpg

FrancesandtheBee said...

A!
I think the variegated adds a lot of interest and it does tie all of the other colors together.

Lisa Christensen said...

Well, I say knit a bit more and see how it looks on a bigger sample, and steamed blocked. Baa!