Monday, 4 July 2011

H is for....Hemp

 A catch-up from last week's ABC meme!

I rarely knit for myself so when I do I like it to be something really special. As my birthday is either just before or during Woolfest, it's the perfect opportunity to spend my birthday pennies on something I couldn't buy anywhere else. Last year I was seduced by a gorgeous jacket from the lovely Jane at House of Hemp. I spent ages (well as long as I could get away with!) choosing my colours and my pattern and I went away with my little brown bag of hempy goodness.

Naturally I chose purples and pinks but the pattern also called for a contrasting colour. Black or grey I thought? Couldn't decide so I ended up with both (I'll find a use for the spare skeins I'm sure!). Frustratingly when I started knitting every time I got to the contrasting stripe it just didn't quite work. I tried the stripes every which way, frogging the poor yarn into oblivion but nothing seemed to work. In the end, I knew I had to make a tough decision if this project wasn't to end up in my UFO bag never to be seen again.

As luck would have it, we weren't far from June when I reached this conclusion (I wasn't kidding when I said I tried lots of options!). So, 12 months on and I was back at Jane's stall explaining my predicament. Well, with a bit of judicious swapping and comparing I now have my contrasting stripe. Not so much a contrast as a deep shade of one of the plums in the existing stripes. On balance I don't think the contrast was for me and I'm sure this will work out. What do you think?

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1 comment:

GirlAnachronismE said...

How beautiful! Those colours are fantastic, and I can't wait to see the finished object. It's always best to make sure it's something you really like or it'll never get finished

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