Okay. So I'm within a couple of rows of being finished with my Shift Cowl . . .
And . . . meh.
It's turned into a real monster.
I chose three skeins of Spincycle Dyed in the Wool in colors that seemed like they would blend well in a shifty sort of way for this project. And, yeah, there were some surprising color runs in the skeins as I wound the yarn into balls, but I decided to trust the process. I wanted to just let the "magic" of Spincycle yarn - combined with Andrea Mowry's shift recipe - play out. I fought my inclination to manipulate the colors as I knit. I gave myself plenty of "real estate" to let everything just . . . come together. And you know what?
It didn't really come together for me.
And now I'm ending up with . . . a "Franken-cowl!"
It's like I have two cowls in one, here.
There's the rhythmic, gentle shifting, playing-with-darks-and-lights cowl at the start. And then . . . everything shifts into the Other Cowl . . . still rhythmic, sure, but suddenly looking a bit . . . Candy Land? And not really tying in at all to that earlier dark-and-light portion. And that abrupt change is kinda killing me. Or maybe it's the too-large swath of mint green? Because there is lots of of mint green, which didn't look so minty in the skein. (And I am not a fan of mint green.)
In hindsight, I wish I'd trusted my instincts and manipulated the colors. That abrupt change when I switched out the skeins (according to the pattern directions, but . . . with a shift project, the directions are really just suggestions) didn't work so well for this particular trio of skeins.
I spent most of yesterday considering . . . ripping back to the color change and re-working it. And I probably should have. But I didn't. (Technically, I still could. But I'm ready to move on. Y'know?)
So . . . I've created a monster.
A real Franken-Cowl.
It will still keep me warm, though.
(Although my eye may twitch when I look at it too long.)
NOTE: There will be another Shift Cowl in my near future. Because I love the design and I love knitting this pattern. And I will try Spincycle Dyed in the Wool again. But . . . I'll be going in with eyes wide open and and a heavy hand, color-wise for my next one!
How about you?
What are you making this week?