Thursday, 28 February 2013

Tank top colours: assemble!


I've got my colours together for the Wartime Farm Sleeveless Pullover. I've used the three dark shades of Excelana Susan states in the pattern - the dark blue, red and charcoal colours you see all in one row. (You can see Susan's swatch using purely Excelana over on her blog.) However, I wanted a cooler shade of beige for the main background, so the other yarns are all King Cole Merino Blend 4ply.

The original design uses just two other light colours. I couldn't decide between the grey, cream and green, so ordered a ball of each... and I'm still having trouble deciding! Part of me favours dropping the green, as it will result in a mostly neutral colour scheme that Mr Robot is more likely to wear, but I worry that if I used the cream as part of the large motif design, it will 'pop' too much and ruin the harmony of the pattern.

What do you think? (I know, you think I should stop being a lazy mare and knit a swatch, as I'll need to check my tension anyway!)

In navy cardigan news, the gods of knitting hate my navy cardigan, and I'm inclined to agree with them. I'm still on the second front. I thought I had finished it, then checked one front against the other and realised I'd started the neck shaping one pattern repeat too soon. As i ripped it back, they could hear me swearing in Bristol, I tell you...

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  1. I agree with you that the cream will pop too much. I like the colours you've chosen!

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    1. Thanks! My problem is that I'm horribly matchy and tend to opt for close shades, which just doesn't work with Fair Isle.

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  2. Love the colours and shades you have picked.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  3. Ooh, I do like the green... Has Pete made any comments?

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    1. Hmm. If I show him the wool, he'll declare it 'itchy', so he will encounter it all in its finished form. He hates tank tops and Fair Isle, so I was pretty surprised when he said he'd wear it at all! I had planned to make it for myself.

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  4. Did you watch Lightfields last night? I swear the little lad in the 1940's section had the same tank top on!

    I feel for you over the navy cardigan I have done similar things myself and you just want to weep and smash things.

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    1. Ooh, no, I'll see if it's on Catchup.

      I will finish the navy cardigan. Not being beaten by a pile of wool!

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  5. I am a huge fan of green - so I am voting for it! :o)

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