What's certain is that I want to do something funky with this mitten:
I'd like to embroider some little fishies on that beautiful sea background. Perhaps just one cutie on the thumb ala Bird in the Hand Mittens. Or perhaps I'll try to knit the thumb to look like a fish, that'd be fun too. Either way, I'm certain that something funky is going down with these.
My other idea is to create a fair isle jacket using the Philosopher's Wool that I got from FibreFest North. It would have to be a jacket, because anything stranded at this weight would be too warm for most indoor wear. I don't think a pattern exists for what I have in mind, so I'd be designing my own thing. And that's where everything gets foggy because I don't have the neck line or edges or closures set in my head. There is inspiration all around though.
I've separated out the colors into the lights and darks.
I'd like to use a Celtic pattern from Alice Starmore's Celtic Collection. My next step should be to wind up the balls and start swatching. It's a daunting proposition though. I get plagued with doubt. Negative thoughts run through my head:
- "It's too much work."
- "You already have a fair isle sweater you didn't finish because you don't like working sleeves."
- "Designing color work is hard."
- "It won't look right."
- "How will if figure out the sleeve shaping?"
Then again, maybe I'll knit lace....