Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Sometimes...

Sometimes it's the yarn and sometimes it's a pattern that inspires. Approximately a year ago I came across this (click for big):



I knew immediately that I wanted to make an afghan. It would be for me so I was willing to invest in the quantity of wool that would be necessary. Hey if you cannot splurge once in a while, what's the use, right?

So, I dug through my stitch dictionaries. I looked at patterns to see what stitch combinations were being used. I swatched, frogged, swatched, frogged, swatched, frogged (well, you get the idea). This afghan was going to be something I kept for the rest of my life so it had to be just right. The yarn had to be shown off to it's best. And if I could find a stitch pattern that didn't eat yarn, that would be even better. The yarn was going to sit there and taunt me until I found just the right stitch pattern to show it off. I was NOT going to give up.

Know what? The moment I gave up trying to find a stitch pattern that would conserve yarn, I found the right one. A pattern I'd used before. One I love that really shows of the long color repeats and provides texture. I have capitulated. The afghan won't be as large as I would have liked (maybe blocking will help me eek a bit more size out of it), however, it is just lovely.



Every time I pick it up to stitch, I smile. Mission accomplished.

7 comments:

Jackie said...

I love that yarn so much. The afghan is going to be lovely.

Tracie said...

Beautiful yarn and beautiful afghan. Amazing how when we stop looking, the thing we were looking for finds us, huh?

AlisonH said...

Oh, that's gorgeous!

Elisa said...

Pretty! Both the yarn and the stitch pattern. Can't wait to see your progress.

Julie said...

That pattern is perfect! Very pretty.

Leanne said...

It's going to be wonderful! And considering it takes a lot of stitches to make an afghan, it's always wise to go with a stitch pattern you love!

SleepyEyes said...

Oh, LOOK AT THAT! You always pick just the right pattern for just the right yarn. It's a great talent you have there. Looks so nice. We missed you last night!