Good News gets to go first--I stuck to my 2017 New Year's Resolution and finished one or two UFOs each month. The months I finished afghans, I only did one project-- otherwise, I did two. There are so many unfinished objects out of the unfinished pile and into the finished that I am quite proud of myself. In addition, I made a project with each one of my Louet "needle of the month club" needles. That project was quite a challenge, because I never new what color the needle was going to be and I had to pick out yarn that didn't conflict with the needle. One of the first months I used exactly the same color of yarn as the needle and nearly went crazy. Lesson: needles and yarn should not be the same color! Other completed objects that didn't count in the New Years Resolution tally were sweaters for Mack and Wayne, each of whom got an alpaca sweater made with fiber from the boys--Machu and Piichu. The bad news is that I still have a huge backlog and I am itching to be out of good behavior. I counted this morning and I have 6 sweaters that need finishing, one afghan and lots of scarves, socks, etc. I am ready to start some new things. I picked out yarn for two new sweaters (bought it, too, and I have to make a sweater or two more out of the alpaca yarn from the boys) and the last couple of weeks I picked out the yarn and patterns for 5 new shawls. Three are kits and the others are from lovely new yarn--duo from Lorna's Laces. It is so lovely--one yarn is a hand dye with a number of colors and the duo match is a scattershot with the same colors on white. There are some lovely patterns which require two colors and these match so well--well I can hardly wait to get started. The pictures below are detail of one of the alpaca sweaters with home grown yarn and the other is the December UFO. Happy New Year to all of you and lets have fun with lots of knitting and sewing. Let those creative juices flow! P.S. If you see any mistakes, please DON'T let me know--it will be shipped off directly anyway!
OOOPS! I gave it away! Ultra violet is Pantone's 2018 color of the year. Well, I like it! It is a lovely color. One can look at it and wonder--Is it blue? Is it purple? After wandering around the store, four yarns stood out as the proper color. Next, a picture so you can see the color for yourselves. Unfortunately, my camera decided in favor of blue--you couldn't even see a hint of purple. Two days later and we have a picture (taken with Mack's good camera) with the color corrected.
According to Pantone the color ultra violet conjures up the mysteries of the universe with both mystical and spiritual qualities. What lies ahead? It is a color that causes us to reach out to new possibilities just as the night sky inspires us.
I don't know about all that, but I do know I have had some experiences with the color purple--particularly ultra violet. It is the color worn by kings and in many cultures, only kings or royalty may wear it. Years ago I was at a conference in Alaska in a beautiful ultra violet suit, when to my horror the Native Alaskan speaker started talking about the inappropriateness and lack of cultural awareness some people showed when they wore ultra violet since it was a color reserved for chiefs. I looked around and was the only person in any sort of purple. How embarrassing! It didn't break me, I still love the color.
Yes, I am still on track finishing objects (FO) each month. The sweater is November's FO! Unfortunately, there are still enough unfinished objects (UFO) that I may have to continue my 2017 New Year's Resolutioninto 2018. Boo hoo, boo hoo, it is more fun to start new things. Maybe I'll do both.