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Catkin Progress

I have a number of unfinished projects lurking on the corners of my desks and hidden in baskets around the house.  I thought I would share a few of them as part of the process of convincing myself to bring them to completion.  All of them are worthy and will be lovely, but I seem to have a habit of setting things down when the chart gets too hard to memorize easily.  

So here we have the lovely Catkin by Carina Spencer knit in Madeline Tosh Merino Light in the colors Fathom (blue) and Glazed Pecan.  I've always like yellows and blue together (perhaps this was influenced by growing up close to the University of Michigan), but I like it when the yellows and blues have a little more sophistication.  I spent some time selecting these two colorways.  The yellow is much gold and little brown.  The blue is reminiscent of royal blue or purple with a shot of the electric.

I tried to get a shot of this project that would highlight the lovely needle work in the pecan colored area, but it's just too big for that now.  That area surprised me.  I thought it would be unpleasant to knit because the pattern was big and hard to remember.  But it turned out to be simpler than I thought.  And this yarn is really lovely to knit with, too.  I love the subtle variations in the color that give the knitting extra depth.  What is it about me and single ply yarn?  I love the stuff.  So many of my projects lately are made of single ply.

I imagine Catkin as a Spring and Fall garment.  Light enough for when it's just a little chilly out, so I think I'll make sure I've finished up my winter only warmers before I get back to her.  She sits in one of my dad's hand turned bowls beside my desk, where I can see her clearly and won't forget her, keeping company with a couple of other lost fibery souls.

Catkin Swatch

Inspired by the Yarn Harlot, I've decided to tackle Catkin.  During the winter, I spend a lot of time in turtlenecks, and my favorite way to accessorize them is with scarves and shawls.   Catkin appealed to me both because of the many ways it can be worn and because I liked the way it used two colors, but seemed to keep the knitting pretty simple. 

After digging through my stash (I really am still dedicated to shopping my stash for most of my projects right now) I decided that I wanted to give the Madeline Tosh Merino Light suggested by the author a chance.  I selected Fathom and Glazed Pecan after looking back over my last 20 or so projects and realizing I was stuck in a magenta/burgundy colored rut.  I've always loved deep sapphire/electric blues and Fathom is no exception.  Glazed Pecan has something of a tarnished brass quality.  Together, I think the two colors make a smashing pair.

I always think it's a good omen when the suggested needles result in a swatch of the suggested size -- so I have high hopes for Catkin being a great project.  Perhaps the biggest surprise was that I actually didn't have circular needles of the suggested size.  I was certain by this time I had every needle size known to knitterkind multiplied by several times.

P.S. to Claudia.  Sorry to see you wrap up your blogging days. I'll miss your wit and thoughtful project consideration.  Keep in touch! 


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