Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Let the fun begin. The colour work portion of my Elizabeth Zimmermann's 50th Anniversary Sweater has begun.

Row one of the yoke pattern calls for one row- and one row only- worked with a 'surprise' colour. Meg Swansen describes this 'surprise' colour row as being 'optional'. My option, because I think surprises of that sort are fun, was to include that row. But, what colour will surprise against my caramel background?

Like Denise of Needles and Pins, it took some time to decide. I looked at a few.
Green. Very nice. Calming, inoffensive. Think of a walk in the woods.

Lilac. Soft and feminine. Think of a flower garden.

Navy. Great contrast but a bit masculine. Think of a guy's sweater.

Black. One of my favourite colour combos- caramel and black. Think sophistication. Before I started the selection process, I was sure black was the colour I would prefer.

But in the end, I chose - red.
After all, it's meant to surprise.


Sel and Poivre said...

Well Ms. Brenda, according the fashion magazines my Daughter and her pals brought to the cottage, you are right bang on trend with the camel and red combo for autumn 2010!

Joansie said...

Looks great! What is the copper-colored yarn? My sweater in that color is about 90% completed. I must finish it as it's been neglected for almost a year.

Laurie said...

Ooh! I like the red! Then again, if you ask my husband, I like anything red. LOL!

Needles said...

The red is genius!

Yarn and Ivories said...

Absolutely! I was hoping you'd get to red... my favorite too, and it's always a surprise!