If your success were guaranteed, what needlework project would you want to do?
A question like this came up in a book I was reading a month or so ago, (not necessarily about needlework), and I have found it popping into my mind occasionally ever since then. If I were guaranteed to enjoy the process and the final product, what would I begin working on today?
For me, the answer is color. I’ve always felt like I was venturing into a world that I don’t understand when I’ve tried to choose colors for my projects. I can pick a color and pair it with a neutral, no problem, I can even pair a couple of neutrals, but when I try to combine more than two colors, or try to avoid neutrals, I feel like I am sure to choose something horrible.
One of my goals, beginning in the fall, is to put my home in order. Over the last few years we’ve managed to collect a lot of stuff, but we haven’t really gone through and purged the things we no longer love. The plan is a low budget one, meaning that I am going to sell some of the stuff, and use the money from that to re-decorate the room, making the space useful and beautiful at the same time. This process is daunting, mostly because of choosing the colors for each room, and unifying that throughout the house. I know that I want each room to have something that I’ve made in it, so I’ll have a lot of knitting, crocheting, maybe even needlepoint work to do.
In the planning stages of this project, I have been brushing up on color theory, and knitting techniques. There are a couple of recently published books that I’ve found valuable, Color Knitting the Easy Way, and Mastering Color Knitting, both by Melissa Leapman. (We currently have Color Knitting the Easy Way in stock, and we can special order Mastering Color Knitting.) Both books include patterns, detailed technique instruction, as well as color theory discussion.
This time of year is a great time to think about beginning a color-work project, since we are starting to see fall yarns arrive. We recently brought in over 20 colors of Cascade 220 Superwash, and starting in August, you’ll start to see new yarns in new colors.
With that, I’ll leave the question above to you. . . What project would you begin if your success were guaranteed?