Scrounging around in the stash, I sometimes find myself accumulating possibilities. I wasn’t really planning anything, just a-musing myself. But then, I realized it had been a while since I made a sweater, or began a project with a definite end result in mind. Then I poked around on Ravelry and found a wonderful designer named Jane Thornley.
Using her “Dusk to Dawn” pattern, I began a sweater. It always seems easier to begin a Freeform sweater by working side to side or cuff to cuff. So, here is the first cuff (above).
Moving into the body of the sweater, there are lots of yarn changes and a few simple stitches. I have mixed all sorts of hand-dyed yarns, including silk, wool, mohair, rayon ribbon, sequin yarn, and a fabulous stew of textures called “Surprise”.
“Surprise” is the section on the left, above, with the browns and lavenders. It was really the starting point for the whole project. If you squint when you look at it closely, you begin to see an ethereal layer of highlights (actually more like harmonics) from which all the other crazy color choices sprang.
It’s beginning to look like a sweater, but there are hundreds of decisions still to make. For one thing, it’s short. Very short. For another, it needs a neckline. Will there be more stripes or some rolling hills, more knitting or some crochet? Will I opt for the easiest route or the consistent one?
I’m excited to be near the end, because I’ve learned so much about what I would do differently, next time, and I can’t wait to begin!!