Mid Life Colour

The May lecturer at the DKC was local Twisted Traditions designer Lorraine Condotta aka blogger The Sherriff of Knittingham.

Lorraine talked about her experience discovering and then designing Fair Isle that had the audience in rapt attention. (Rapt attention changing to gasps when she casually walked over to the dress form adorned with one of her creations and cut unreinforced collar and sleeve steeks to demonstrate her confidence in the stickiness of Shetland Wool!)

In talking about colour she referenced the notion of having a "mid life colour" - one that she previously hadn't considered that suddenly grabbed her attention, demanding use. In Lorraine's case it was yellow.

I've been thinking about that ever since, wondering what mine might be and I think my mid life colour seems to be an absence of colour per se. Natural, undyed, white through vaying shades of grey seem to be my current thing after decades of bold colour choices in everything from home decor to my clothing.

Its certainly coming out in my knitting...

Over the winter the painting I did around the house was all from the "whites" section of the colour deck...

After a decade of driving a cherry red car, the best part of which was the cherry-red dash that matched the exterior, I pushed for the replacement vehicle to be "Pearl White".

The question is when, four years ago this week, I went out in search of a Brown Poodle and instead came home with this...

...was that an early manifestation of my mid life colour change or the trigger that prompted it? Something to ponder as I head off to Ikea to get a pair of basic white curtain panels and a white picture frame for the cottage...hmmmmm

Not that anyone stopping by here might be old enough for such a question but just in the event someone is... do you have a mid life colour? 



From my earliest memories "Viyella" was a word my mother and the women in her family used when referring to wool and/or plaid clothing. I didn't understand why but I got it that this Viyella stuff was primo quality.
So its not surprising that decades ago when I found a cast off Viyella robe my mother had worn out at the elbows I harvested the generous bias cut, floor length skirt from it.

Yesterday I re-purposed the fabric which is by now easily 50 years old or so into"new" throw pillow covers for our bed at the cottage.

With a little fiddling I managed to get the selvage edge, complete with what looks like hand stitching to run up the open ends of both pillow cases.

Its a bit worn in places - I might work a duplicate stitch over it to stabilize things. I'll decide when I get them back up north.

I find this kind of thing so satisfying - much more than buying new. Probably not surprising when the matching robe my mother's sister had she re-purposed into matching pants with suspenders for her then toddling baby boys in the 60's. What's that saying about where the proverbial apple falls in relation to the tree?

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Deco Progress

The short row shoulder is complete on sleeve one and I've been heading down through the decreases towards the the first cuff.

Initially it was nice to just knit in the round with the short row business behind me but honestly I cannot stand working sleeves top down. The serpentine choke hold of the yarn around the whole rest of the knit as I twirl the sleeve around is so tiresome. I keep thinking that mattress stitching between cuff and elbow would have taken maybe 15 minutes to do and I would have been able to knit on something flat and relatively small to create the sleeve itself.

That, however,  is not the way with Deco and I must remind myself that's one of the reasons I chose to make this cardi way back when.  I wanted the experience of working the sleeve this way so better sit down, shut up and get on with it!

That said, at the end of the decreases I'm putting sleeve one on hold and moving over to the button bands. 'Quite substantial at 27 rows deep. Ditto the collar.  I want to see how the addition of those elements affects how I feel about sleeve length.  There are very cute versions of this on Ravelry where knitters have chosen 3/4 sleeves and I'm thinking maybe that's the way I'll go too.

I am also now in possession of the buttons I needed for this...

I love them!  'Totally unlike what I'd usually select but I think they work really well with the sweater...

...the little "v"'s radiating out from the centre echo the slipped stitches as well as the deep "v" of slipped stitch columns down the front.

On this short, boxy little piece big buttons are maybe unexpected but I stole the idea from Kate Davie's choice of buttons on the original so it must be something that'll work.

They 're mother of pearl - nice to have a natural material beside the wooliness of the Tove - and I think the depth of their appearance adds nice dimension.

In short, where this started out as a "Process" piece I'm choosing right now to focus more on the features I can look forward to on the "Product". Whatever gets the job done right?

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