Them’s The Rules

That’s kind of a tough to see photo. We’ll have to make do.

I would really like to do the mystery cowl KAL I told you about the other day but I want to use stash yarn. I have an obscenely large stash and I’m trying to balance using stash with new so I don’t just keep buying new. So I went digging through the entire stash. I dug right down to the bottom hoping I would find yarn that met the requirements: 4 different colors, one can be variegated or speckled, each must be 175 yards. I’d hoped to find leftovers but no such luck. The leftover bits were almost all less than the 175 yards. I then picked through the single skeins. I won’t let myself pull one skein from a large quantity. Those have to be saved for a bigger project. Rules, I’ve got plenty of those.

So I pulled out those 5 skeins. Three are Spud & Chloe fine in brown, purple and green. They’ve been in stash for longer than I care to admit. The other two skeins aren’t perfect but could go. The brown/tan variegated is actually a sport weight but a lighter one. It’s barely heavier than the Spud & Chloe. The blue, purple, green variegated is fingering weight that is close but the green doesn’t go very well with the Spud & Chloe green which is super bright.

So I can’t decide what to do. Do I make the project? Which variegated yarn do I use? Should I rummage around here a bit more and see if I can shake out another better matching (by which I mean something that brings things together) skein? There is a lot of yarn around here. I’m sure I could turn up another skein or five.

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18 Responses to Them’s The Rules

  1. Rummage. You seem confident that there is a better color match out there, which will make you feel better about the cowl. And along the way, you’ll get a better idea of what is still in your stash, leaving the door open for inspiration to guide you toward new projects.

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  2. Boy, that is a tough call. I love all of those colors, but am not seeing a match there. I wondered in the blue variegated would go with the green, but see that the green is pretty darn bright. Maybe dig a little more?

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  3. Alissa Head says:

    I’m horrible with color. You don’t want my input. But it does seem that you aren’t satisfied yet. You could rummage and see what you turn up, and if you don’t find a better match, perhaps you could supplement with one or two new skeins to bring it together?

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  4. Erica says:

    The purple, green, and brown are awesome! Do you have a black/white variegated or a black/brown to go with it?

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  5. Cinna Knits says:

    I think if you take out the blue variegated, the remaining 4 colors work together. I think that very lovely green would make an otherwise subdued color palette pop.

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  6. chrisknits says:

    I am not feeling the brown, but then I don’t know what the yarn suggestion for the mystery is. I do love the brights together, is there a gray on hand to use? The issue is tone. All your brights are white/gray tones, your browns are beige tones. So the brown will muddy your brights. Just my color confidence talking here. LOL

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  7. ReginaMary says:

    I am inclined to say the blue variegated, but the brown would jive with solid brown. With a MKAL, you have no way of know how the yarns will be configured which makes it tricky.

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  8. Meg Hanson says:

    Those are all pretty by themselves…but not sure how they would look all in one project! But who knows…maybe great.

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  9. I’m going to go against prevailing wisdom – I like the purple/blue variegated/bright green. No, the greens don’t match – but I think the brights balance. Of course, not having seen the design, that might be all wrong –

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  10. Are you doing the Secret Handshake cowl? Im just finishing the Sharon Show and I need to hunt for the cowl yarn. The Facebook group is the best ever!! Now I must knit so I can hang with those people. I say you should sleep on it and then rummage through the stash again so you can come at it with new eyes. 🙂 Maybe break a rule?

    I’m fighting an urge to buy some new yarn and I’m also thinking of doing the Stephen West MKAL…

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    • Yes! The Secret Handshake Cowl is the pattern. I’ve been following the topic on Ravelry. I did rummage around for a different variegated yarn and I found one that I thinks pulls the 3 solids together.

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      • I need to get going and start shopping the stash. Your yarn choices have me all fired up to get ready for Friday’s first clue. 🙂

        Join the Facebook group. Everyone in there is just wonderful, but be warned: there are so many cat pictures that some people have actually adopted kittens.

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  11. knotfancyknitter says:

    That spud & Chloe purple and bright green is one of my favorite combos.

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  12. kathyreeves says:

    I vote you take another look. Now that you have these out, something you saw earlier might be the ticket!


  13. I think ditch the one on the far left and the other four will be fine. It will be totally fine. It’s a cowl. It will work.


  14. Emma says:

    I love that variegated blue skein, so pretty!! But I think it might not go with the rest of your colours very well. Maybe rummage a bit more and see what you can find

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  15. I would go with those pretty 5. ! ! No more rummaging! They are perfect

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  16. Rummage more! You might come up with something better

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