Cat Lady Adventures in Bangkok

In case you missed it, a couple of days ago I published some yarn-searching excursions on my winter study abroad blog. Follow me!

Here are some sneak peak photos:

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2014 Sky Scarf Project

The Sky Scarf project is a conceptual knitting project by Leafcutter Designs whose outcome is dependent entirely on the weather observations of the knitter. The original pattern is based knitting a stripe based on the color of the sky for each day of the year. I found this project somewhere online in the past and for whatever reason, a couple days ago I remembered it again. Seeing as the new year is right around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect time to undertake this huge project. And I’m SUPER EXCITED. But rather than following the project exactly, I’m going to modify it slightly to create something that would be much more wearable than a sky blue scarf (because frankly, it’s not my color.)

Instead of the color of the sky, I’m going to be basing my stripes on high temperatures and instead of using colors that would traditionally associated with temperatures like cold blues and hot reds, I’m going to make a gray-scale scarf with pops of neon yellow for the hottest days. I deliberated over this a lot because I really wanted to make something where the heat of the summer could really be seen, but wearing rainbows isn’t my thing and I wanted to create something that I would wear a lot. In the end I think this idea would turn out pretty awesome. I also think I’m going to do a brioche stitch instead of garter like the original.

Because I’m an Excel nerd I generated what a prototype would look like based on 2013’s weather data. I downloaded some historical data and did some conditional cell formatting and this is what it would look like:

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Here’s my color chart. If only I could figure out how to put a table into WordPress…

  • Color – Temperature Range (Fahrenheit)
  • JUVELWOSMC.880.mediumThumb.1 < 32
  • JUVELWOSMC.500.mediumThumb.1 33 – 41
  • JUVELWOSMC.005.mediumThumb.1 42 – 50
  • JUVELWOSMC.002.mediumThumb.1 51 – 59
  • JUVELWOSMC.990.mediumThumb.1 60 – 68
  • JUVELWOSMC.980.mediumThumb.1 69 – 77
  • JUVELWOSMC.001.mediumThumb.1 78 – 86
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I can’t wait for my yarn to come so I can start this. Like every year I try to up my blogging game and this year with this project I’m hoping to be able to do a weekly/biweekly post for my Sky Scarf update. If anyone else wants to join me on this project kind of like a knit-a-long you are welcome to come along for the ride!

Variegated Fair Isle Hat Inspiration

A few days ago I posted about deconstructing my Dream Shrug because I didn’t really where it and had an idea for a new project for it. And, I think it’s about time for me to tackle a new knitting technique: Fair Isle Knitting. I think an intricately knit fair isle hat with my Noro yarn would look pretty cool, so I’ve been gathering some inspiration before choosing a pattern.

#1 Floppy Fair Isle Hat – Very Bohemian, very trendy. I’m really leaning towards a floppy beret style hat.

#2 Faux Fair Isle Hat – This beanie has a very intricate looking design that is heightened by a variegated yarn.

#3 Taos Slouch Hat – This is technically not Fair Isle or any kind of stranded knitting, but I think the color work would still look pretty cool.

#4 Fairly Fair Isle Hat – Although the picture shows just two colors I think this pattern would be lovely in a variegated color way.

#5 Blumme Beanie – Knitted with not just one, but two variegated yarns adds excitement to this pattern.

#6 Three Tams – I love the simple white yarn as the main color with the variegated yarn being an accent.

#7 Fair Isle Hat #6209 – I’m in love with the rainbow variegated yarn in this picture. Again, white main color and variegated contrasting color: thumbs up. Plus a pompom!

#8 Little Fair Isle Hat – This is a baby hat pattern, but I’m a sucker for anything from Purl Soho. I love how the pattern looks like little leaves or trees.

#9 Fair Isle Ice Cap – Another one in two colors that would be amazing in variegated yarns.

I’m completely in love with the white-based hats, but for my personal project I think I’d end up using either a beige or brown as my main color since I don’t have any white yarn on hand and it’d fit with my Noro colors. I also really like the minimalistic, simple designs. I feel like they’d really do the best job of emphasizing the variegated yarn without looking like a hot mess of colors. What do you think? And do you know of any other patterns that I should know about?