Saturday, October 22, 2011

Just Like Picasso (With a Significant Difference, or Two)



I have always been a fan of a duck-egg hue but things have stepped up and now, just like Picasso, I’m going through my very own official Blue Period. I only want to ‘make’ in shades of blue and blue-green – just like Pablo. Sorry about that, my old friend Red.

Six weeks of Complete Fail Cardigan knitting has been frogged and morphed into a light, drapey, cottony, spring-ish, (blue) shawl thing.



I’m still not sure if I’ve been knitting for my nearly-ninety Granny, or for me. My Granny is a bit hip (and her hips are sprightly) and I’m concerned shawls are a bit ‘old hat’, in her book. If the shawl thing is staying in my own wardrobe, then I have four days to craft some 90th birthday brilliance. GAH!!! HELP!!! cue: desperate plea for ideas(???)

The shawl, by the way, was a joy to knit. There’s some fancy-pants lace business, punctuated by lots of garter stitch and it’s a pattern that is entirely memorable and do-able – even with kids jumping all over you.



Less kid-jumping-all-over-you friendly, is the Simplicity Cardigan that I am now knitting in a positively irresistable, fragile-feeling, (blue) Tosh Lace 2ply.



Hey, look, I’m crafting a wispy, (blue) cloud...



After all the knittery involved in the crafting of an entire 2ply cardigan, I will be an emphatically Weeping Woman if it’s another of the Complete Fail kind.

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PS. There has been household heated debate. The shawl is DEFINITELY blue. NOT greenish. Picasso didn’t have a Greenish Period.

Pettine Shawl details here.

42 comments:

Astrid said...

Roses are red,
Duck's eggs are blue,
Good luck with the knitting,
I hope it fits you...

silverpebble said...

Part of our house is being pulled down. We're banished. It's OK though because we're in a caff with t'internet and I can ogle your exquisite shawl. Oh and I have an apple crumble tart thingy and unlimited tea. Sound!

clare's craftroom said...

I don't really mind what the colour is called your shawl is just lovely !

trudi@maudeandme said...

Beautiful colour whatever you want to call it.
I recently made some fingerless gloves for my 90 year old grandmother in-law.They were a winner. Or a cowl - todays shawl for the hip granny...?

mel @ loved said...

It's gorgeous, and I love the pretty trim!

Michelle said...

The shawl is gorgeous. You are my hero for even attempting to knit a grown up cardi in 2 ply!

Trace said...

oooh, I love blue too. Have been toying with making a new ripple blanket in white, duck egg blue, moss green and water melone pink. The shawl is tres pretty and goes with your golden locks:)

Squiggly Rainbow said...

it's funny how we change.... I have gone from blue to red, back to blues... I do love that shade too! Beautiful! xx

Fran said...

sounds like you want to keep the shawl - I don't blame you. I have a total crush on duck egg blue

Felicity said...

True story, every time I visit you make me giggle.
Vive le bleu and all that it embodies.

Happy weekend Lovely!

emma @ frog, goose and bear said...

I love that color. I love that scarf/shawl. I would want to keep it too.

Maybe you could knit your Granny one of your wigs instead? Granny's seem to love having bluey tinge in their hair ;) (just kidding)

I think your Granny will absolutely love your shawl because her clever Grandaughter made it and I doubt many Granny's these days would have a Granddaughter that could even knit, let alone something that gorgeous!

june at noon said...

I skate in and out of my own blue period. I never used to like the color much at all, even when I started seeing it become "trendy" and appear everywhere. And then, suddenly, last year I started craving it--something about its coolness, lightness.... I still like lots of other colors, but blue has definitely found a home with me too. :)

Fer said...

Love it!

quirky granola girl said...

i've stepped away from the sewing machine to can applesauce this weekend. i kicked the boys out of the house to can in peace--scalding water, a tiny kitchen and 2 year olds don't mix. anyway, i'm relaxing on the couch in my apron to the clink, clink of the jars in the canner and reading your blog. those gorgeous knitting pictures are making me wish for sticks and yarn and more toddler-free time in the fall. maybe i need imaginary canning projects...

Gina said...

So I notice you've gone for a different pattern. Let me know if this one works because it looks gorgeous and I'll want to join you in knitting with spider-webbish yarn if it does.

One Flew Over said...

You know me...I've been in the blue period for a longggg time.

Love, love this number. Hoping over to rav to queue x

Kirsty said...

It's gorgeous T but I'm kinda leaning toward the greenish blue...sorry. x

Mary said...

Yep that shawl isn't going anywhere you can tell it has already settled in. Sorry bit useless in the alternative 90th birthday crafting idea department though.

Tammi said...

Am loving your shawl thingy and you wear it well :)
I wouldn't dream of knitting with 2ply yarn...it would take me a life time.
x

Thea said...

I love duckegg blue too. I think the style and colour makes it oh-so-modern. Not granny at all. x

Kylie said...

They are both looking so wonderful - the colours are totally divine. Worried that you are tying yourself in knots for no reason. I've always thought that granny-is-as-granny-does, ie. I have a feeling that your shawl with be worn with panache and not a worry about any granniness or grannicity in sight ;) She won't let you down. Kx

A Peppermint Penguin said...

duckegg goes perfectly with chocolate brown, btw.

well if Granny doesn't like it, you should keep it, cos it looks wonderful on you!

In terms of fabric, I've been in an orange period, my fave thing for linings.

I have some laceweight, yours looks thicker. I'm trying to knit a cardi with it. It's alpaca and silk and about as daft a knitting idea I've ever had. Colour Daffy, very apt.

Janet said...

I love that duck egg blue, greeny blues and bluey greens being my favourite colours. The shawl looks lovely on you but I am sure it would pass muster with a hip grandmother.

teddybearswednesday said...

whatever the colour , it's utterly beautiful. Love the lacy trimmy bit too xo

flowerpress said...

I have a pinterest board for colour and the other day I noticed it is all yellowy greeny blue and aqua. hmmm. must be catching!

Sally said...

It does look a little bit greenish... but that might just be my envy of its absolute beauty.

Sandrine said...

Love that shawl and really nice colour, can't beleive you must have undone the Cardigan?!x

tea with lucy said...

i think a hip and sprightly granny would love a blue / green shawl thing 'specially made by your clever hands.

My Bearded Pigeon said...

its vvery pretty what eer that colour is plus ido love a bit of light blue and red together!

ruby may said...

The shawl is great, I think you should keep it and make something else for your granny! I love making things in blues and greens, although the bright red always gets me in the end...

Linda said...

This is a gorgeous project!! I think I have just found a new shawl to knit, thanks:)

Kitten's Lost Her Mittens said...

Everything you're knitting looks lovely, and I adore those shades of blue (definitely blue!).
x Katherine

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Robin's egg blue , says she firmly .
Actually , it really doesn't matter what you call it .........it's beautiful !
And as for the gossamer wing cardi ? You'll look wonderful in it . And quite deservedly , too !

Kate said...

Did you keep it?
I hope you kept it.
It is gorgeous and you wear it so well.
I miss knitting.

crzylady said...

definitely blue. no question. what silly would question that? hope pressie idea was found! shawls should NEVER be considered out of fashion.

K said...

I am nowhere near 90 (but closer than you are, babe), but I tell my kids that my favorite present is a smarmy lovey-dovey note that tells me all your favorite memories about me and why I'm so wonderful. You can do that without worrying about the fail. The lace is lovely. And I'd say turquoise, which can go either way and is mystical. Why would you want to duplicate Picasso, anyway? I'm not sure he came to a good end.

greenolive said...

always a fan of that duck-egg hue

Real Life Reslers said...

i think my whole life has been a blue period. it's my all time favorite color!

floortje said...

love the scarf...your knitting looks so beautful...and wow i am impressed by your quilt!!!

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh i love it, Picasso & you!! Love Posie

ecoMILF said...

just popped in to make sure my feed was still working. ia actually crave your humourous little anecdotes and was thinking today, i haven't read anything amusing by tania in a little while. looks like you've been very busy enjoying real life. look forward to getting an update soon. xo m.

Conny's Cottage said...

thats so cute!