Paradox

Today I’m working on a paradox…but before we go there, I want to thank everyone who left a comment.  I recognized the names of many friends and even a few new ones, which is beyond exciting for me!!  I also feel a bit more comfortable giving a shout-out into the ether of the web, so expect more frequent posts (I’m aiming for Thursday and Sunday blogging).

So, using the random number generator (RNG) found here , it came up with the number 9, which corresponds to Junipero!!  (crowd goes wild with applause!)  Junipero – drop me an email at kimberba@kimberbaldwindesigns.com and I’ll set up a coupon code for you.

My paradox?  Well, it’s a plant-eating tiger…better known as a Bengal Herbivore.   Last autumn, I fell hard for the Stephen West design, Herbivore.

So when a friend of mine, Bill, knit one , I knew it was just a matter of time before I had to have one too. Bill knit his in the Northwoods BATIK colorway on foot notes yarn, which seems quite an herivore-y color .

Northwoods BATIK colorway

In fact the colors remind me of the light and shadows found deep in a forest. I love the concept of a medley of greens and browns with this design. I just knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I was going to make mine in a colorway containing lots of lush greens.

Which is why, it is still a bit of a surprise to me that I didn’t. In fact I didn’t even pick a colorway with ANY green in it. Huh. Go figure. Not only doesn’t this colorway contain any green, if you were to look at any color wheel,  this colorway falls nearly as FAR AWAY (with the exception of red) from green as you can possibly get. The colors in my Herbivore took an abrupt turn from green last autumn, while driving to the New York Sheep and Wool festival in Rhinebeck. Our route takes us through the middle of the Hudson Vally. In the high season of Autumn. When the trees are cloaked in all their glorious autumn colors. Blame it on homesickness (this is where I grew up), but by the time we arrived at the fairgrounds, I was determined to knit up an Herbivore in similar colors to those Hudson Valley autumn leaves.

Bengal BATIK colorway

My color choice? Bengal BATIK… since then, it has been the source of much amusement by knitting muggles (and other knitters, truth be told) that I chose a carnivorous colorway (Bengal) for such plant-themed scarf!  Even after explaining the whole autumn tree idea, this small scarf always brought forth little giggles from folks who were familiar with the project.

I’ve been putting in minutes here and there on this scarf throughout the autumn and winter months (soccer and basketball games, school events, a few minutes over coffee in the mornings, that sort of thing). After a few mis-starts, which I seem to require before I ‘get’ how the stitches work in the pattern, I settled into the project nicely. A few minutes here…a few minutes there, without much effort and before I knew it, it was complete. I bound off, folded it up nicely and put it away without blocking it.  And promptly forgot about it.

Until yesterday when I took stock of the models on hand for the festival season. I retrieved this project (and a couple of others, which I’ll get to in later posts), blocked it, and fell in love with the design and the Hudson Valley colors all over again.  I’m all kinds of infatuated with how the colors interact with the stitch architecture.  It’s kind of like finding $20 in your winter coat. Or (I hope) like winning a $20 gift certificate.   This colorway is designed to knit up in a medley of random muted golds, nutmeg browns, and espresso with pops of orange.

So during these cool summer nights and on into autumn, go ahead and laugh if you must, but I’ll have my love to keep me warm!

8 Responses to “Paradox”

  1. Junipero says:

    The Bengal could not be more my colors! It reminds me of the Ragin Cajun I spun of yours, but with the little black bits. Beautiful job, it’s lovely!

  2. KraftyKathy says:

    Kimber, this is lovely. I have got to go look for this pattern. I try to fit knitting in when I am at school events too.

  3. doberdorks says:

    Wow, talk about “black and rust to match the creatures”….

  4. PattyW says:

    I love the autumn colors!
    And those carnivores sustain themselves on herbivores, you know…

  5. Autumn says:

    What pretty colors! My name is Autumn, and I think it’s funny since it’s “autumn” colors! The scarf’s construction is really cool.. I would make it if it was free.

  6. knitreadspin says:

    I love the shawl and I love blogs with working links. I always find something new and fun.

  7. Laura says:

    Lovely! I especially like how the colors are completely random, no pooling at all! I hope you’re not planning to wait until fall to wear it?

    I do, however, think the pattern would be awesome in a variegated green 🙂

  8. Melinda says:

    The colors are just what I would expect for you. It is beautiful and I wish I could do something like that, of course, I would go with greens or blues. 🙂