Sunshine beginnings

I thought I’d share a major SCORE I got a couple of years ago– an interchangeable circular needle set I got at an antique store for 5 dolla.

Isn’t the cover retrolicious? It’s from Sears, probably circa 1965-72. (Guesstimation, from looking through the little book that was still with it.)

Inside are needles sized 6-11, with four cables that can be attached to each other with the connector pieces, and four little discs to screw onto the ends of the cables so you can use them as straights. When I got it it also had about 6 or 7 permanent circulars thrown in on top, all pretty small gauge and some of them were the really fancy metal ones that are made in one piece. It’s only a slight pain in the ass to use. Sometimes the needles come unscrewed, and while I’ve never had them completely come off on me, it does suck that the stitches can get trapped in the crack between needle and cable. I persevere with it so I don’t have to run out and buy yet another needle set for yet another 7 to 12 dollars.

Last night I scrounged around and came up with 9 bucks, which I then took to Wal-mart. (Wal-mart = EWW, but it’s all we’ve got in this town, like so many other dying towns.) I stood there for about 15 minutes staring at the Caron Simply Soft. They didn’t have a green I wanted– it was either a lime, sage(which was more like mint), or dark green. A lot of the colors only had one or two skeins in the bins. I very nearly picked grey. But I settled on Iris– a very insane, bright but at the same time deep, blue violet.

And then, I proceeded to cast on as soon as I tore through the door with the materials. (This is my beginnings of Sunshine.)

I wasn’t sure why I picked this color until I left the icky walls of Wal-mart. Then, I realized that it stirred a deep memory in me. I was at the Opryland Hotel. If you’ve never been there, it’s effing huge, with all these exotic gardens covering acres inside. I was walking along, when I caught sight of a flower in the corner of my eye, some sort of orchid I think. Anyway, I don’t really know, because when I looked at it, the blue-violetness of it was so intense that I felt a thrumming vibration in my ears and very nearly fell on my ass. I believe I screamed. I thought I would die.

That’s what this color reminds me of. And my camera was quite freaked by it, as you can see in this detail:

So yeah, those blue speckles? Not really there. That color that looks almost like my Too Teal sweater? Nope, not even close. It’s a very deeply intense blue violet that makes me forget how to stand up when I look at it. I have come to realize how I enjoy wearing colors that are difficult to look at and at the same time are not neon 😀

I’m loving the pattern so far, it’s mind-altering to take a different approach to sweater construction. I started out on straights so I don’t have to whip out the Slight Pains for a few more rows. I read all the instructions first as I haven’t ever tackled a top-down sweater before. I have Amanda’s picture of the sweater all laid out as my desktop wallpaper, so that I can study it to see how it’s made, from across the room even. The yarn was sitting on top of my monitor last night and I could see that the exact yellow she chose and the exact crazy violet I’ve chosen are total contrasts, opposite colors. Perhaps mine is Moonshine?

Ahh, I can now relax. I have a major project in the works.

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