Hetty Colour Experiments

I love the new Rowan magazine no.48.

This one

From Hetty

It’s been a really long time since I’ve been excited by the contents of a Rowan mag but this one did it for me.

I wasn’t so keen on the first “story” all big chunky yarns – we know from my Big Wool Bonfire that this stuff isn’t for me.

But it did make me laugh – how can Rowan unfailingly have a garment that looks like a couple of old bathroom mats, staped together at the shoulders and belted??

I give you Roamer…

From Hetty

(Sorry if you’ve just cast this on 😯 )

I loved the Russian doll story – mouthwatering complicated fairisles and intarsias that challenged whether I could make one – I do love drooling over things I think might be too hard!

Then there were the Kidsilk Haze garments … Ohhh – we know I have a small amount in stash don’t we?? Rowan are such pushers of their Cracksilk Haze drug…

I like them all but zeroed in on Hetty…

This one…

From Hetty

Would you believe – in my vast KSH stash – I didn’t have enough of any of the colours to make it. I couldn’t possibly justify going out and buying  KSH when I have over a hundred balls sitting in my knit-room?? Could I ?

I decided to experiment with what colour ways would work with the stash I had – although I allowed myself to buy one small fix of Jelly – the lurid green – it does get into everything!

The problem was I couldn’t visualise where the different colours would go – it’s a rather complicated colour mix – different on the sleeves to the body…

I turned to my favourite PC application,  Visio, and mocked up a garment in the original colours…

From Hetty

Then assigned each of the colours to a layer so I could change all the “Jelly” stripes and Dewberry stripes to another colour with a couple of clicks…

If you have Visio, want to play with your own colour combos  and want a copy of my file and instructions how to use it- click here to download but you do need the Visio software for it to work!

So here is my Autumnal Version…

From Hetty

And utilising some Purple “Violetta” I have…

From Hetty

And cos I have a lot of black sparkly…

From Hetty

And a pretty girly pink using a very pale peach, cream, blushes and fondant…

From Hetty

Isn’t it amazing how different they can look?

I’m still not sure if I’ll actually knit Hetty – It could take a month to decide on colours….

I showed Ben and he instantly hated it so no direction from there  🙁

Which do you like??

Still….Fun playing, Huh? 😀

7 Responses

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  1. CraftyCripple
    CraftyCripple August 6, 2010 at 10:29 pm |

    I’m quite fond of your Violetta combo. It does seem crazy if you can’t put together one stripey sweater’s with of KSH.

  2. josiekitten
    josiekitten August 7, 2010 at 8:19 am |

    I have to say that I’m with Ben on this one – I don’t like the pattern at all!! Of your colour combinations, I prefer the autumnal version. I can’t believe that you haven’t got enough KSH in your stash to make this – astonishing!

  3. Dawn
    Dawn August 7, 2010 at 7:37 pm |

    The pink one might be a bit too pink? a bit, little princess? The purple one is nice and bright, andthe black sparkly one looks very dramatic, but I like the autumnal one best. bold, earthy and at the same time feminine.

  4. Wendy
    Wendy August 9, 2010 at 1:48 pm |

    Autumnal… seems fitting… and might give you motivation to cast on quickly in time for this year’s…

  5. Dianne
    Dianne August 12, 2010 at 8:34 am |

    Listen to Ben – occasionally, and it is only occasionally when it comes to things knitted, men are right! And even if he’s wrong, like my husband, he will eventually infect you with his dislike and you will never wear it

  6. Ayaala
    Ayaala December 28, 2010 at 6:44 pm |

    I didnt like the pattern at all but your black/gray and pink colorway is fantastic and made me want to knit one for myself 🙂

    sorry that this is a bit late, just saw your post.

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