Saturday, 7 June 2014

s t a s h m a n i a !

Anything with chevron immediately catches my eye. Actually the only pattern I designed from scratch had a chevron textures in it. Anne weaver's version was just what I needed a full on chevron cardigan.

I bought the pattern and then a delightful searching and planning begun. I liked the broad stripes but wanted to go a bit further into the Missoni domain ,so chose to knit with width changing stripes in some sort of colour scheme. I made a swatch with stash yarn mostly from my skein lace club held doubled .

I was almost going to go with that tasteful delicate purple/green colours but at the last minute I changed my mind and went for a full on colour party that was inspired from this lovely version.
I changed the colours as the knitting grew , at times ripping back and starting with a different yarn. I chose all yarn from stash either 4 ply weight or lace held double , all hairy yarn even fuzzy like kidsilk haze. I've decided to coordinate the sleeves with the body stripes -  a slow process that required meticulous counting of rows.

The buttons were purchased in Nice by Caroline which took a sample of light blue skein lace and made a perfect match. The buttons are transparent with some glittery stuff , am delighted with them :-)
By the way I gifted Caroline for the yarn to make her monomania. She's almost done and I cant wait to see hers..

When all was done I showed it to my biggest fashion critic, my 13 years old daughter who eyed it and said- mom it is c o l o u r f u l...well , yes it is ! and when the sun is shining and suddenly all looks bright I wear my monomania with pride.. :-))