I am not new to knitting. All right, I didn’t start when I was four, but I have been knitting for a fair few years now. I am not new to working with yarn which is unusual and a bit different. Maybe even hand-dyed.
I always seem to be called to yarn which reflects the landscape, though I guess that could apply to any colour if you searched long enough. In this particular case, it’s a grey. Grey of the storms over Cardigan Bay.
It’s lovely yarn, merino, and tweedy.
One from Queensland Yarns, bought (as usual for me) in a sale. That’s no excuse for what I have done. There are no dye lots with this yarn, and when I bought it I was careful to select five skeins which were as close in terms of colour matching as possible. I’m used to knitting with yarn like this, alternating it so that the colour appears to blend.
Stormclouds, however, have gathered.
First, I forgot about the alternating.
Second, I had obviously checked the colours in artificial light. In natural light they are radically different. Even had I remembered to alternate the skeins, there is no way they would have blended together.
Thirdly, I am knitting a very plain funnel-neck sweater. There are no elaborate stitch patterns (I can’t look up and down at a chart at present) or other colours to distract the eye.
Fourthly, I had almost finished the back before I realised this. It’s still on the needles because I can’t bear to frog it.
I am now channelling Father Jack – well, except for ‘gurrrls’. Drink. Feck. Arse.
So the question is, exactly how silly would my sweater look with back, front, right and left sleeves and welts (plus polo neck) in slightly different colours? Could I make it look deliberate, inspired even? Or would it just look like shite?
That would be an ecumenical matter.
I can say no more.