Pics are from our flight home on Tuesday over the Cascade Mountains and eastern Washington. I'm certainly not the first one to notice the patchwork quiltyness in farmlands seen from above. Not so dissimilar to our own duvet cover, no?
So, even after being a party-pooper last year, choosing not to participate in PS 1.0., I still wasn't even going to join in this year, either but yesterday, the day before the kick off date, I got a wild hair and signed up. Why not? We're back in the land of grey and blue skies and white snow on the ground.
If forced to choose a favorite color, I'd have to say greys. There was a time when I almost exclusively picked out and knit with grey yarns. I could easily see myself going in that direction again. I'd love to knit this, this, or this sweater in shades of greys for a ski sweater, not that we ski all that much these days. There are already two projects going that fit the current colors: a pair of grey socks for my dad, at his request, and Ariann (thanks to the influence of Brynne's and Claudia's recent posts) in Plymouth Galway Highland Heather, color #728, a greyish, heathered wool that goes blue or green or grey depending on the light (very grey below), not unlike a Colorado Blue Spruce like this one, my favorite dwarf variety, Montgomery. I'd prefer to this sweater in a darker, brownish or greenish shade like the ones I linked to but I'm trying my best to use stash yarns and this yarn has already had two false starts that both would have turned out as ill-fitting sweaters had I finished them. Third time should be the charm, I'm hoping.
The Galway yarn is also not that unsimilar in color to the new bag I made last month, either. It's sewn from scraps of a thrifted military coat that was made of densely felted wool. There was just barely enough fabric remaining after other projects (Christmas tree ornaments made years ago) to make the bag, the size based solely on the size of the existing pocket. I probably only paid a dollar or so for the coat when I bought it years ago and have seen others going for $15 and up. I love this fabric so much it would be well worth paying that of it. The lining is checked cotton/linen fabric from a thrifted men's button down shirt. The strap is lined with a dark khaki linen. The patch on the front is part of a thrifted woolen blanket, a scrap of twill, already printed with the red "5a" from the lining of the military coat, and the bird cut from new quilting cotton. The metal cross button is original to the coat.