Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Gray Race

My favorite color is gray. You may think this is odd. I am okay with that.

I love the way silvery or charcoal gray looks with other colors. Pink? Orange? Red? Blue? Green? Purple? All yes. The only color that really doesn't go with gray is brown, and, let's face it, that's brown's fault.

Sorry, brown.

As a result, I knit a lot of gray. I have learned, however, that it is a mistake to knit gray in the winter. As much as I love to wear it, focusing on gray yarn in a gray world makes me sad and puts Ani DiFranco on a loop in my head.* I realized last night that I have two gray projects I really want to wear, and it's October.

Time is short.
Delias eucharis socks (mine ravelled here),
knit in Blue Moon Fiber Art's Socks that Rock Lightweight,

Those socks are part of the knitalong for Hunter Hammersen's (Violently Domestic) Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet, Vol. II. They're lovely, although the cable on round 8 has proved to be a pain. I think I have it figured out now, and I appreciate everyone ignoring the fact that there are some mis-crosses near the beginning.

The knitalong goes through the end of November, but I'd like them done by Halloween. November will require neon colors.

 Colette sweater (mine ravelled here),
knit in Lion Brand Superwash Merino Cashmere

I saw that sweater and shrugged. Then I saw Rachael Herron in that sweater. It looks fantastic on her. Part of the reason is because she's adorable, but I suspect another part of the reason is that it's not closed in the front. I like the way it looks open much, much more than closed. I've started the back, and it's going to be a bit of a slog. There's a lot of stockinette and not a lot else. However, we started watching season 7 of Doctor Who last night, so stockinette with a smidge of shaping is probably all I can handle.

In my head, I'm wearing this sweater at my aunt's house on Thanksgiving, and I look fab. I'm still shooting to have it done by the end of the month though--a goal that may be unreasonable. I'm going to try anyway.

The race to finish gray is on.

*I do love this song, but it's not one to listen to in the winter.


  1. You can do it! Good luck.


  2. It's like a completely different sweater! I had to look twice to make sure it really was the same one. I'm now sold. You're going to look great in it!