Monday, November 10, 2008

To Be Titled







aaaahhhhh.... Fair Isle (I've been trying to call it *stranded*, since I'm not knitting official Fair Isle designs, but it's sort of like the felting/fulling thing- the battle has been lost already)... mindless, easy Fair Isle... All you have to do is remember which color to knit, not which direction the slants go, or whether the YO goes before or after the decrease, and fixing a dropped stitch is easy peasy. (not that I'm dissing lace- it's just not mindless knitting, and for me, it never will be).



I'm extremely pleased with what I got done yesterday on the handspun sweater. I'm using size 5 needles, and handspun yarn that doesn't look worsted weight, but it's knitting that way. Most of these yarns were spun over the last 5 years, and I don't remember where I got a lot of the roving and wool, but I do know that the dark charcoal background on this section was a prize winning, totally gorgeous, Romney Lamb fleece that I got from Iron Water Ranch. The others are mostly fibers I bought at the North Country Fiber Fair (many locally grown and raised). Nearly all of them are long-wool breeds, with a little mohair thrown in here and htere, so this is not going to be a next-to skin sweater. And this sucker is going to be warm.
I have not settled on a title for this design yet- the whole thing is going to be a continuation of the motif you see, no other bands or decoration, except that each repeat will have a different background and color family for the motif.

I had thought that the next motif would be Reds, but given that the first full repeat on the sleeves measured 9", I won't have room to use all of my color combos (reds, greens. blue/purple) and still keep the sweater around 28" long. I'll have to think on it a bit, as I cast on and knit the ribbing and yellow section of the body. Maybe the sweater will just be yellow/red/green. Or maybe yellow/green/blue/purple. I'm going to have enough yarn no matter what I decide.



So, what should I call this design?

13 comments:

duraknit said...

It may be just the colors you've used so far, but it looks to me like a harvest sweater. "Peace and Plenty" or "Harvest Home"

--Elizabeth D

Kathleen Taylor said...

I like the harvest notion- my husband thought it looked Harvesty too. Thanks- your suggestions will go on the list.

Fríða said...

it has to be something containing either "harvest" or "autumn", but then that might change with the addition of different colours. it´s looking gorgeous so far.
best wishes from Iceland
Frida

Nancy said...

I love your "Autumn Splendor"!

HennHouse said...

Poinsettia Isle. The motif looks like poinsettias to me. Maybe I'm already thinking about the winter holidays. And, they do come in peachy colors as well as reds and whites. So maybe naming the pattern Poinsettia Isle would not be too color restrictive. Whatever name you choose, it will translate to "beautiful." Loved you on Knitpicks. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.

joannamauselina said...

It's really beautiful. It looks a little William Morris-ish. Hope the pattern becomes public soon. I haven't knitted a sweater in a long time. This one might be the first in years.

Mary Keenan said...

All I know is, the sight of all that soft squishy-looking yarn makes me want to curl up in it and have a nap. Harvest-themed names sound better than The Nap Blanket though ;^)

DragonsChest said...

I love the colors!!! So beautifully complimentary to each other.

I agree with the previous comments of "harvest" something.

LizzieHelen said...

My first thought was "Autumn Leaves", but that may be because of the colors used here--sort of maple leaf-y.

LizE

#4 said...

I think it should be named 'Terri's Sweater!'.....lol

DrLeonesse said...

Hmmm, remedy for a dropped stitch...do you have one for a dropped jaw? It took my breath away. Beautiful...I aspire to such lovely work.

Leigh said...

Gorgeous! (Whatever you decide to call it. I'm idea-less.)

Susan said...

I agree with joannamauselina my first thought was this looks like a William Morris inspired design. It must be the black back ground. It appeals to me on every level. How about "Tendrils" for a name.
I will have to knit this one! By the way the Halloween vest is coming along swimmingly.
Thanks,
Susan