Thursday, August 18, 2016

Designing

  Designing with a variegated, multicolored, or striping yarn can be a sensational event. Maybe it's just interesting for some, but it can become an emotional roller coaster for me. If you think that makes me sound a bit like a crazy person, that's okay... I kinda think the same thing. But if you'll allow me to explain myself, I'm sure there are plenty of you that will understand.


At least, I really hope so...
(LOL)


Crochet is the Way, design, WIP


  First, there's uncertainty: I think I liked this ball of yarn more when it was rolled up. I like some of the colors in this skein, but others don't appeal to me. And when it was all neatly wound up, the similar shades blended together better. Now that I'm working it in rows, I don't like the lighter mauve-purple next to the deeper whatever-you-call-that dark green.


  Then, acceptance: I worked a lot to get this far in the pattern... And the design itself is beautiful. Maybe in the right light, that dark green doesn't look so bad next to the pinkish-purple.


crochet, design, color changes, lace


  And on to the anger: I know I'm going to rip it out just because of a color change. I know it, and that's stupid. Don't rip it out. Do. Not... Argh! Why do I have to be so picky about this?


  Back to uncertainty: Okay, so I probably shouldn't rip back a pattern just because of one spot of color. I mean, look at a different spot... Just off to the side of that, the purple is more purple-y, and it goes better with the green. But... What about the darker purple next to the pinkish-purple? Ooo, that's not good. I don't like that, either.


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  Determination: Do. Not. Rip back. Keep working, and the colors will all come together. I'm just looking at one little spot, instead of the big picture. I need to keep going, and trust in the yarn company's designers that made the color. They wouldn't make a yarn with colors that don't match... I just don't like a certain color next to another. That's my opinion, and it doesn't affect the pattern.


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  Relief: See? Isn't that better? See all the other spots of pretty, soothing color that match perfectly? They fade nicely into one another, and make me think of nature. Like, maybe dusk in the woods... During the springtime, with flowers... Next to a stream...


*Daydreaming of fairies in the woods*


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  Disappointment and determination again: Who am I kidding? The pattern might be beautiful, but I hate that one spot of color. In fact, I already ripped it out while daydreaming... And ripped a bit too far. I was meaning to redesign a few rows, to try to get a shift in the color changes. But I ended up with only three rows left. Well, I might as well just keep ripping, and start all over. The way it was going, I was going to have to join a second skein anyways. I have a better idea that might only use one skein. And since it's already started, here's a sneak peek:





By the way, if you didn't catch what a head case I'm being over color striping, NONE of that really matters, anyways! You can never guarantee where the color will start in a skein, and there's a ton of different dye lots, too! But hopefully by changing the stitch count, it will throw off the color pooling. Don't worry, I wrote the pattern down! I'll recreate it sometime with a solid color yarn that doesn't bother me. I might be crazy enough to rip back that whole project because of the colors, but I'm sane enough to know it was a keeper :)


Happy Crocheting!

4 comments:

  1. Hello Jenny,
    you're not crazy at all! I've got similar experiences with variegated yarn myself. Even went so far that I gathered single-coloured yarn of the same shades to prevent a change of colour where I certainly didn't want any, or the other way round: cause I thought there was too many of that one shade and it took too long for the next one to come. I do like variegated yarn (got plenty myself) though indeed sometimes it definitely looks better in a ball than when working with. In my opinion variegated yarn is perfect for shawls etc. but certainly not for doilies (I tried and I was devasted - you'll be able to see in one of my next posts).
    Have a lovely weekend,
    Marjan

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    1. Marjan, oh no, I've been missing some of your posts! Something is wrong with my feed reader, ugh.

      Variegated can be a surprise sometimes! If the doily in question is the Melrose you shared, then I think it looks cute like that. But I also think the color jogging would drive me nuts while I worked on it. :)

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  2. I'm nodding knowingly here too.

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    1. I knew there would be others that understand!

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