Monday, June 14, 2010

Interweave's Summer Crochet Issue

Here's a sneak peak of a pretty little shawl that will be in Interweave Summer

The colorway is 209 Beverly (named for Amanda's mother) and the yarn is Helen's Lace. I'm sure it's because it is summer, but we've been sending oodles of Helen's Lace to your LYS these days.

Remember this post a couple of weeks ago when I was talking about how we often recommend contrasting colors rather than matching colors to coordinate with a multicolor yarn? This is a good example of how a color that comes closer to matching can get lost. If you click on the picture and enlarge it, you'll be able to see what I'm talking about a little better. The green of the yarn and the green of the tank here kind of muddle together. The red tank over the violet really made all the colors shine.

I guess what I'm trying to get at is that you shouldn't be afraid of color. It's just color after all. Be bold with it in your yarn and in your life.

Paint the walls acid green if that will make your heart sing. After all, it's just paint. If you really hate it, think of it as colored primer and paint over it.

Knit with neon orange if you want. Or a wacky multicolor that you've had your eye on. Maybe not a whole sweater, but why not an accessory? Sock or mittens would be a perfect way to explore a color that you are attracted to without a big commitment.

I'm reminded of something a colleague at my first job right out of college once told me, "Go ahead, give it a shot. What're they going to do, take away your birthday?"


Trillian42 said...

Oh, that shawl is lovely! And me, with a skein of Helen's Lace that hasn't been planned for a particular pattern yet! :)

woolwoman said...

I can crochet - don't do much of it but I'll certainly take a look at this pattern in the new IC book. I also have a skein of Helen's that is not marked for a project as yet.

Maureen said...

And here I thought that Beverly was the South Side neighborhood.... I do love LL's place names.