Upside-Down, Indecisive, and Color-Challenged
Last week, I started a new project. Well, I started
a lot several new projects, actually. I kinda had a little case of startitis. I am not sure I have ever like the name of this as it sounds like a disease. A burst of inspiration is a nicer way of putting it. Now, when this happens to me, I will often start lots of things within a short period of time, but not all of them will make it past the first lap before I turn fickle and put them down. Sometimes it’s a matter of materials not fitting the intended design and other times I just plain do not like it. I am ok with this because it is all part of a normal creative process.
In fact, the husband has recently informed me that he learned it is not “third time’s a charm” as we all like to say, but it actually takes Four rounds of a design to get something to work right. Now, he’s in engineering and we are talking about crafting here, but he might have a point.
Take this newest sweater project of mine.
I started off with four colors and the intent to make this beautiful sweater. It appealed to me because it was pretty and I already had the same type of yarn the pattern called suggested. It also intrigued me because it is knit from the top-down or upside down. Now, I have done this before, but not with fair isle. It is a little odd to see the stitches upside down when I turn it right side up, but I don’t think I will notice that too much when it is done.
So, I breezed through the neck and began the color work, but soon discovered that the dark grey and the purple did not show up well next to each other. So, I took it out and tried the purple with the red, but I didn’t much like that either. It was too red.
At this point, I dragged my kids to the yarn shop in the middle of a school day (big mistake, must Not do that again) and picked out a different color.
What do you think? I am not loving this color, either. Unlike the first two tries, though, the yellow/orange does show up well against the purple. Now, I have a dilemma. Do I rip it out, drag myself to the yarn store again, and try a 4th color? I hate to put so much time and effort into something that I only feel meh about. But I also know that I am really indecisive and have a hard time visualizing color combinations that work. Maybe I will like it more once the whole sweater is done? I think I could use some color counseling. Can anyone help?