I was so excited when Mary at Unwound Yarns introduced me to Wolley’s Yarn Creations CCC – Black Cherry 100% cotton yarn. I bought it on the spot and by the time I arrived home I had the pattern design worked out in my head. I jotted down a few schematics and then put the yarn in my stash. I hate having more than one major project going at a time! A month later it was time to set to work, with this being the result.
The original color wave started with black lightened to plum and ended with cherry.
|"Black Cherry" after a washing|
Since there are 4 strands I had the brilliant, or rather insane, idea of stripping off one strand, flipping it and rewinding the yarn. This would not be a big deal if I had a winder, but you know what happens when I’m left to find a creative solution to a problem!
Not only was I wanting to strip one strand off, there was a very particular strand I wanted.
|But of course, I didn't know which strand it was until I was into the plum section and saw which black strand was the longest|
|I had found my strand!|
|Now the fun part...|
Once I found it I stripped back to the beginning and started rewinding the yarn. I wound 3 strands onto one spare knitting needle and 1 strand onto another.
|Wee, art in motion|
|I admit, I had a little too much fun watching it spin|
After that was complete I took the needle with the one stand and rewound this onto a new needle in order to reverse the order.
|Oh, so cool!|
Then recombined the 1 strand with the 3 strands.
|Rewinding almost done|
|Rewinding, c'est finis!|
Time to interrupt this story for a short pattern note: the stripping off of a strand and rewinding into a unique color wave is completely optional. The pattern provides a neat effect with the yarn worked as is.
A few days later, with my insane idea realized, I was ready to start knitting! Since I had already worked out the pattern mentally, I was well on my way with only a few false starts.
|Lace meets cables, just in time for Valentine's Day|
Then I saw it. My heart sank and I literally had a look of shock on my face.
|Can you see it? The point at which I erred?|
|This is my literally "shocked" face|
Did you see it? Let me zoom in to show you my mistake.
|My mistake, front and center - I cabled the wrong way!|
Now you should know me well enough by now to know I am a perfectionist when it comes to my knitting. Errors such as this are not permissible, so the only thing to do it rip it out. Are you ready?
But wait a second, I’m smarter than that. I have an edge stitch. Thank goodness for the edge stitch. It will take some surgery, but I can just take down the cable column without taking back all those inches of completed work.
|Never underestimate the value of an edge stitch!|
So now, with my edge stitch secure with a marker, it is time to start ripping. Cringe if you want.
|All that work for not in the presence of a mistake|
I used other st markers to mark which rows were my cable rows, least I forget. And start working my way back up.
|I am a magician, mistakes magically disappear|
(with several minutes of intricate work)
Now that all is right in the world, and my work, I can finish the pattern.
|All's well that ends well|
The ends needed a little accent, so I added tassels.
|I make tassels with index cards!|
And as the French say, “Voila!”
In order to see the color wave, which was so inspirational to me, I took a few close ups.
I also have to send a special “thank you” to my sister who named the pattern for me and the Dane Yard who gave me a few suggestions I might use on future projects.