Knitting

Mapping Out My Advent Wrap.

Two of the things I needed to do today didn’t take as long as I’d planned … so I had some “found” time this afternoon. I put it to use figuring out how to approach the ADVENTurer Wrap – using up my stash of Kidsilk Haze. Unlike Kat who has a most awesome collection of so many colors, mine is just five

with a sixth on its way (UPS says Friday; I hope they’re right!)

the new color is upper left.

The whole palette was inspired by a waterlogued walk in the park last month.

I’m sure a few of my friends hoped to see me add green 😉 but what that photo helped me see was the brown, the pop of red and the light/dark contrasts.

As written, Ambah’s pattern calls for 25 mini-skeins of 60 yards each, with each skein being used once. For me, that translates to three repeats each with five of the colors and 10 of the light purple. Those numbers don’t lend themselves to symmetry. and my personality doesn’t lend itself to total random. I need a plan!

I did a little fiddling in Photoshop (found time is a gift!) and mapped out a design that – I think – might work!I like that it looks somewhat random and the colors are spread out evenly(ish) – I guess it’s more like they seem balanced!

Anyway, it’s a map. and now I feel confident about setting out. I know where I need to start and where I’ll end up … and hopefully I won’t let myself wander too far off course to get there!

All that said … I’d love to know if you have other suggestions about how to approach this!  Are you planning any Advent projects … to date, mine have all been around memory keeping (five December Daily albums) and I haven’t done any since 2011 (!!!)

 

12 Comments

  • Kat

    I love your “knit map” and am a bit worried about how my random might be an epic failure! LOL

    But, what I am really looking forward to is sitting down each day to meditate a bit on the season, perhaps even sing a bit, and have faith…which really is what the season is all about.

  • Carole

    I, too, would want a map for this project – I don’t do well with random! I think your plan is sound and it’s a great project for Advent.

  • Bonny

    Your plan seems sound to me! I hope it works, just like I hope Kat’s random plan works. What I really like is Kat’s plan to sit, knit, and meditate. I’m looking forward to seeing both of them develop!

  • Kym

    Those colors are just wonderful together, Mary. I think you are wise to plan ahead with this project. I tend to . . . not map or plan when it comes to color projects (although I do a lot of thinking!). I love to play with colors, and find that when I DO plan ahead, I usually end up changing things up as I go along anyway. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together for you. (I have no advent knitting going on.) XO

  • Lydia

    No advent plans- maybe a new cocktail each day?! I do love the colors and thing they will work out just fine since you have a plan.