Archive for May 14th, 2014

I’ve gotten myself into a bit of a jam. The next project is a girl’s sweater. The pattern isn’t something I would freely choose, though I can appreciate that others would absolutely love it. At the same time (this sounds like a knitting pattern) I need to knit a boy’s hoodie. The yarn I must use for both projects is totally new to me and comes from Europe. With such a long period of travel, customs, and what not before I have it in my hands I placed both orders together.

Such a long transport time should have raised a red flag warning in my brain that said choose your color selection carefully for the sweater you don’t love. This is no time to “experiment” with color combinations. Unfortunately that red flag didn’t go up. A loose nautical theme ties the children’s wear line together this year. Colors for the boy’s hoodie had been set from the start, which was great because I couldn’t make a mistake. Would that the girl’s colors had been so set.

Instead of getting out my trusty color wheel and reviewing my notes on color theory, on a whim I decided I wanted the girl’s sweater to be done “in earthy colors”. That’s the exact phrase my mind used: “earthy colors”. Immediately the sane part of my brain (and here I am assuming that I still have a sane part) should have responded “wait a moment, nautical is not earthy”. But that didn’t happen. This malfunction is only made worse by the fact that the girl’s sweater has stripes. Stripes and nautical go together like peanut butter and jelly. Seriously, how could I have missed this?

When the yarn finally arrived I opened the package to find a grouping of nautical colors and another of “earthy” colors. That’s when my whole brain went “uh…..I don’t know about this” as if it had nothing to do with the bad decision that was in my hands.

Let me be more specific about the “earthy” colors my brain chose. They are so earthy that they would look fantastic as a military uniform for a land invasion in a forest environment.

Maybe, my brain says, the colors will look different once they are knitted in stripes.

They look even more like military camouflage than they did in separate skeins.

I ended up ordering more yarn. No, not completely different colors for the girl’s sweater. That would be the sane thing to do. My brain wants to stick with the moss green and light green. The color it selected this time to punch up the greens is russet. Yes, nothing says nautical like dark green, light green and russet.

Sometimes, I am hopeless.

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