Daily Archives: July 6, 2008

A Lace Knitter on the Edge

So, I’m now on the edging for Forest Canopy, as I predicted I’d be. (I was pretty sure I wouldn’t finish, unless life completely stopped for me and let me knit all day.)

But there was unexpected drama.

I took the knitting with me (of course, it goes without saying, eh?) to the last day of Riverfest this afternoon; the Gothlet wanted to hang there a bit more, and although we’d been there four different times (good thing we only live a mile and a half away), each time was for some particular event, and there was no real walking about, soaking up the atmosphere.

So we let her ask a friend, and go. (The Preteen was in a similar circumstance, but all her friends were busy or not home, so she declined to go ‘by herself’.) I went with them while my husband did some home chores.

In between the bungee jumping , (click for big as desired) sand-art-in-a-bottle-creating , tattooing , waterski watching (some tiny ones!) , slingshotting water balloons , doing the Ironman race (not what you think , investigating anchors , watching jump rope exhibitions, and cooling off : as I say, somewhere in all this array of wonders, as I dug into the backpack for the wallet and the camera — I put down the bag containing Forest Canopy. And it vanished.

To my credit, I was certain it was either at the bungee jump or the airbrush tattoo place (very early on in the adventure), and I realized it within 10 minutes and went back looking for it — to no avail. I asked here, there, and everywhere. I even looked in a few trash cans, thinking maybe someone stole the bag while my back was turned, then might have pitched it when it (presumably) wasn’t what they thought they were stealing.

I was very sad.

Right before we left, I checked back once more at the bungee place. No, the very nice lady still hadn’t had it turned in. But, as I walked around the bungee the other way, I suddenly spotted my GoKnit bag attached by its snap to the top of the fence around the bungee area! Someone, trying very hard to be helpful, had put it up where they thought it would be easier to see, and not be stepped on or casually stolen. Not that I had looked three feet above where I knew I might have left it, but it was a good thought.

I was very happy.

Knitter no longer on the edge — of great despair, in any case! I collected my daughter, who seemed to have contracted some strange disease

and her friend, and returned home, minus a little knitting time, but with great relief!

So, it is with thankfulness that I can show you the current state of Forest Canopy.

The photography is not ideal, as a storm was approaching as I finished the row, so this is an indoor picture, and the project is too big to show it all on the needles it’s on. But it gives you the general idea.

And, I think, allows me to ask your opinion.

So here is half of Forest Canopy roughly pinned out (even not fully stretched, it will total 64 inches wide, about, plenty big!).

Here’s my question for you:

I love these colors individually and together; they remind me of violets in the sand. (Not horticulturally likely, but those are the colors!)

But the green is so much darker than the other two colors that it draws my eye. This is sock yarn, and if this were striping in the context of a sock, it would look awesome. But, of course, in this project, the color repeats make horizontal lines that sometimes coincide and pool. I thought the diamonds in Forest Canopy

would break up any such pooling variegation. But when I look at it — all I see are dark green lines. I am admittedly sensitized to this effect. And the diamonds will be a little more prominent when blocked, I think. But still….

My thought for some time has been to overdye it. This smacks of heresy, of course, to overdye Tina’s gorgeous work; at least that’s how I feel. And It may not turn out better. But if I overdyed with a fairly intense blue, then the green would turn blue-green, the purple would be a different purple (or at least a purplish-blue), and the tan would just modulate, tone down, the blue somewhat. Then I think the green color repeats would blend in much better and not draw the eye.

If I were to overdye it, it would make a certain amount of sense to do so before blocking, instead of blocking, dyeing, and reblocking.

So I’m asking you all:

Am I being overly sensitive, and is the shawl just fine the way it is?

Or would you yourself, if it were YOUR shawl, overdye it (or want it overdyed)?

I believe I’ll finish knitting tomorrow. The day after, if I dawdle a bit.

Not that I HAVE to block it right away, but please do tell me — what do you think?