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Self Portrait Tuesday : Smorgasbord
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Self Portrait Tuesday : Smorgasbord

I joined Self Portrait Tuesday because I thought it was an amazingly innovative project. I loved the concept behind it, and the aspect of personal exploration. Unfortunately, I have not been the best SPT participant, as I only post a picture about once a month. And here I am, the last day of the month…

The weather in Maryland (and for much of North America, for that matter) has been very fickle this season. It is supposed to be winter. That means cold outside, pulling out the warm sweaters, and snuggling by the fire. Except, it has been 60 degrees outside… while I love the pretty weather, I want some winter too. That is why I am wearing the legwarmers – with bare feet.

My weekend proved to be quite productive – I worked on my Hourglass. I finished sleeve one, and started on sleeve two. I hope this one goes quicker. Maybe I will be able to wear it before it gets too warm…

I chose to make the sleeves “bracelet length”, falling right above the wrist. This length is perfect for me and my daily tasks – can’t have sleeves getting in the way while I am working with materials in the archives, or am crafting at home. The yarn continues to be a good fit for the project. I am glad that I decided to go with this yarn, and I am particularly happy with the shade of green (KnitPicks Andean Silk in Lettuce).

For those of you unfamiliar with this pattern (perhaps one or two of you that have not made this pattern – are you out there?) there is a special hem on the sleeves, collar, and bottom of the sweater. I have not yet hemmed my sleeves and bottom, but I like the polished look of the tucked in hem.

Untucked hem – Unfinished

Tucked hem – Finished

You know how you look through your stash, and you come across this great yarn you kind of forgot about? and then 10 minutes later, you find that you have already cast on and started it? Yeah… well, that happened to me this weekend.

I should not have started something new, but I was really taken by the color of this yarn. This was the first yarn I ever bought at a yarn shop. Before this, all yarns came from the craft store. Hey, I am not knocking the craft store, but this yarn just sticks out in my mind for that reason. It is Classic Elite Provence, Egyptian mercerized cotton. I bought the yarn with this pattern in mind – the “Little Black Top” by Jenna Wilson in the original Stitch N’ Bitch book. Except, mine will be a little blue top. This will be a slow-go knit on the size 5 needles, and that is fine with me.

…and now for something really pretty…

Hill Country Yarns Sweet Feet in Strawberry Swirl colorway

Hill Country Yarns are a new kid on the block, and they have some great yarns to offer – look at their colorways! They are all inspired by the colors of the landscape in their home state of Texas. I chose the sock weight yarn, but they also have a special yarn called Instant Gratification, that you can knit up for a pair of quick socks. Lynda just made some in the Blue Bonnet colorway (in 5 days – definitely instant gratification!) Stay tuned to see how this hank knits up.

I chose the pink and red colorway specifically for Project Spectrum – another pair of socks for March! But, I may just have to start these early… along with all the other socks I have planned.

I compiled the list of Project Spectrum participants, and we have a great group! Please let me know if you see any mistakes or misspellings, and of course, let me know if you want to be included too!

Project Spectrum seems to be catching on, and I am so excited that many of you are making great plans to think “outside of the box”. Remember, this is not just about knitting! You can do anything that revolves around the color of the month!

  • Tracy and Kathy are planning to work on their beaded jewelry.
  • Moni is planning to work on handpainting and dyeing her own yarns.
  • Allison and Amy are planning paper crafts and scrapbooking.
  • Cara is planning to focus specifically on her spinning.
  • Kate’s plans involve photographs and picture essays.
  • Stephanie started a sew-along for knitters! You can still sign up for the Sew? I Knit! – the first project is to make a skirt by March 20th. You could easily use a pink or a red fabric for your skirt! I signed up immediately after seeing it!

What do you have planned? Please leave a comment and let me know! Hearing what you have planned is an inspiration to all of the participants, and a perfect way to attract more crafters to the Project! Of course, there is plenty of time to plan, so if you don’t have a project in mind, that is okay!

Plus, remember, there is no reason why Project Spectrum cannot work with your other projects, no matter what you have planned – it can be as little or as big as you want to make it. It can be your dinner plate, or your finger painting with your child.

In closing, I saw this great little piece of word art over at Karma’s today…thought I would share.

See that on the right? The bolded words say “Lolly Love One Project Socks” – that is just too true! Although, my lonely Dublin Bay sock is not feeling any love right now…

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59 Responses

  1. sarah b.

    My first yarn store yarn was Classic Elite Provence, too! I used it for a tank that sadly needs to be frogged because it was also my first wearable project and needs some help. However, it is a great yarn and I hope to give new life to it this spring.

  2. Wanda

    Keep working on that Hourglass. You’re getting closer to being done! I love the color you chose.

  3. terby

    Nope! I haven’t made it either. It’s tempting, though. I love your yarn and apple photo.

  4. Erin

    I know what you mean about the weather. I’d love for it to really be witner and it just isn’t this season. We’ve hardly gotten any snow (and snow is a major thing around here!) Hopefully February will be a little bit more winter-like.

    By the way, I love the color of your hourglass sweater

  5. Mary de B

    My March project will be a pink scarf, knitted. We’ll see what else I come up with!
    Love that Hill Country yarn. I wonder if it’s put out by the people at Hill Country Weavers, a great yarn shop in Austin??

  6. karen

    those blue socks are really beautiful – I agree they look a bit like my blue one – but I think the koigu is even more beautiful! I love that blue top you casted on – and I am eagerly following the progress of hourglass – plan on knitting it when I only finish a dozen of socks and two or three other sweaters first… ;)

  7. Diane

    Love the new sock yarn. Such pretty colors. I can’t wait to see your finished hourglass sweater.

    Is it too late to join project spectrum? I love the idea, but haven’t had a lot of time lately to read about it. You’re so creative!

  8. Jess

    I have the book – but haven’t made the hourglass

  9. deb

    Lolly, I made the SNB top more than a year ago, and I *STILL* have not made the million mile i-cord belt. LOL It still gets a lot of use though. Maybe one day I’ll get it done.

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