23 Jan New Year, New Challenge
So, I’ve been talking about this idea for some time now, and I think it’s time (before I run out of time in the first month of 2011) to make it official. A new personal knitting challenge, but a year long one this time (as opposed to the mad rush that was last year’s Summer of Socks challenge).
A Year in Colour
The challenge? To knit at least one item in a designated colour for each month of 2011. It can be any project, any size; the point is to broaden my colour horizons, so to speak, and encourage myself to embrace colours I normally wouldn’t choose. I’m really warming up to yellow recently; I don’t have much green in my wardrobe; and I don’t think I’ve ever knit with solid black (I’m such a wimp!)…
As some of you know, Glenna now lives in Peterborough and she dashed into the shop one day last September with the shawl prototype in hand for an impromptu photo shoot. And ever since that day, I knew I
wanted needed one of my own. It’s been ages since I’ve knit a shawlette-style scarf, and Allons-y features a nice all-over pattern that isn’t too distracting or geometric. The cashmere-blend sock yarn is warm and heavy and drapey, and the “Poppy” colourway is a saturated strong red with burgundy lowlights. Or in other words, yarn perfection. I have a week to finish it. I’ll let you know how it goes…
However, I have already knit a bit of red this month, in the form of these:
Yes, knitted hearts – of the anatomical variety! I was asked a little while ago by the people at the Cannery Art Centre here in Peterborough about rallying the knitters to produce some sort of window display for February, and I mentioned that there was a pattern for a knitted anatomical heart. They love the idea, and now I’m trying to get as many of these finished as possible for February. Each one only takes about five hours of actual knitting time, and uses about 25 grams of yarn. If you’re interested in making one this week, let me know – we can get you set up with anything you need, including the red roving for the valve ends! We’ll put tags inside the valves so that each knitter can get his or her heart back after their stint in a local art gallery window… It’s like they’ll be famous! 🙂