We live where it gets cold in the winter. As in, we get snow. So hats and mittens and scarves are staples around here.
My knitting career – in terms of mittens and hats for my kids – is rather abbreviated. I’ve knit two or three hats and a pair of mittens for them. They’ve been, shall we say, well loved. As in, they haul them outside and wear them in all types of weather. The mittens I found in the sand box one day. In wet sand. Wet sand ground into the wool. Oh my! I didn’t faint, but I did swear off knitting my children such accessories.
Apparently the pain of that sordid discovery has worn off because this year, I decided to knit each of them a hat and a pair of mittens. I picked the pattern – the Braided Cap from Little Turtle Knits. I picked the yarn – Peace Fleece Worsted. It would be warm and holds up well under duress.
I began my knitting career knitting soakers and longies for my children, so I’ve knit with almost every color of yarn they have. When I visited their site to purchase the yarn, I selected three new-to-me colors: Kalinka Malinka Blue (for Joey), Anna’s Grass Hopper (for Ben, who loves green), and Mourning Dove (an earthy tone with hues of pink for Caroline).
The thing about ordering yarn online, though, is that you never know what the colors really look like until you see them in person.
The yarn arrived today, and I almost fainted.
The colors are gorgeous! I am at a loss for words. Wow!
Here is another thing about knitting: I rarely work with more than one color in a project, mostly because I have a hard time finding colors that go well together. There are only a few multi-color projects I’ve faved on Ravelry, and only one I’ve actually knit because I can never find the right colors.
These three colors from Peace Fleece were meant to be worked together.
I still haven’t decided exactly what I am going to do with them. I have six skeins, which is enough to knit a sweater for myself. Once upon a time I started a Tulips Cardigan for myself (ironically, with Peace Fleece) but stopped when I decided the colors were pretty together but nothing I personally would ever wear, so they became a mitered blanket instead. I am not sure if I want to knit a Tulip Cardigan with these colors, though. Maybe.
I’m thinking wide stripes. A circular yoke. Definitely stockinette stitch. Bottom line – it has to show off the colors. Those beautiful, gorgeous colors. They’re nice individually (and I would still love them knit up for their original purpose), but together, they are phenomenal.