22 February 2011

Some Ideas are Good As-Is & Some Ideas Need Time to Simmer

I've been sitting on a couple of projects while I decide where to go with them. The first is a cabled hat that I actually am quite pleased with, but I feel like it needs a pom-pom--a big one--& I have yet to get to the making-the-pom-pom part of the process.

It needs a giant pom-pom, am I right? :o)  That said, I find cables oddly fascinating. I'm not one to wear cabled knits for the most part, as they tend to feel too "busy" for my personal aesthetics. The times I've knit cables, though, I'm almost always struck by how 3-dimensional they are. It's very rewarding to knit them & make this piece of fabric that has pieces that stand up like a piece of bas-relief sculpture. I'm tempted to take that idea in one direction or another... we'll see.

This piece is a testament to the value of swatching, really. I bought these three colors from KnitPicks (Charcoal Heather, Columbine, & Northern Green), as I thought they'd work really well for a project I had in mind. That idea has been scrapped, but I still feel like the Northern Green & Columbine would work together really well. I started swatching in an attempt to try out a couple of striping patterns I had in mind & to make sure the colors look as good together as I thought they did. Well... I'm not so thrilled with the way this looks at this point. I might switch out the grey for a paler heathered grey & leave out the green altogether. 

Sometimes, I'm convinced that I should teach Master Classes in Procrastination. This picture was taken 01.30.2011 of bulbs I bought in late October 2010. In the interim, they had been chilling in the crisper of my refrigerator, but I had yet to pot them up. They did get potted shortly after this picture was taken. I was pretty sure that they had been chilling for more than the minimum time the needed, so I set them out on the back porch. The crocuses, at least, have started poking their little noses up (yay!), and I believe I saw a nub from one of the irises, too. This is reassuring, as I know I didn't completely mess them up by waiting so long to plant. It's also not entirely surprising, since those two have the earliest bloom time & therefore need less "cooling". Hopefully the daffy-down-dillies will make a showing, too. We'll see.  

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