yarn colors

Spring-Green Infinity Scarf

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I made this a while back right after I made my sweater-inspired scarf. The pattern was altered slightly and made into an infinity scarf because I just can’t get enough of those apparently.

The color was called “Pistachio,” which I can kind of understand but at the same time not really. See, if I had my own line of yarn, I would name this color in particular “Springsteen Green” because the color reminds me of spring and as a tribute to Bruce Springsteen, who sang one of my favorite songs of all time: “Hungry Heart.” In fact, I would name all my colors as tributes to bands, singers, and songwriters. “Coldplay Blue” or “Nirvana Yellow” are colors I can visualize and describe to people rather than just “Pistachio” (No, I’m not picking on the person who named this particular yarn color because choosing a name for a color can be a very daunting task). I really have no idea why I’m getting worked up on my yarn colors because I’m practically color-ignorance, as in yellow is yellow and red is red and that there are shades of yellow and shades of red. And together they make orange (Look! I learned something in my elementary school art class!).DSC_0372

Anyway, being a knitter and having all these names as yarn colors will be the death of me because I can’t take these names seriously. I wish I could accept them for what they are, but I’ve never been one to accept things as they are given. It’s a problem really. I’m going to get off the topic of colors and my problems as of now…

I don’t have the pattern written up properly though I want to share it, so think of this as a preview for the present moment. This scarf was actually very simple to make because the pattern is short and repeats, but for some reason, I’m not very good at writing out patterns. That and the fact that I love to procrastinate.

I’m also in the middle of exam week, but after this week blows over, I’ll have a lot of downtime to work on projects! And by that I mean I have a LOT of downtime because I accidentally (lazily) never got around to applying for a real job. So I’m going to be lying around the house knitting and watching cop/mystery/murder shows, or as I like to call it: a well-deserved break. I actually got into cop/mystery/murder shows about a month ago! In high school, I started watching Veronica Mars because all my favorite afterschool programs were canceled or moved to very inconvenient times. Now shows like Rookie Blue, Cold Case, and recently Castle are taking over my life. Anyway, what are your favorite TV shows? I’m aiming to be very obsessed and emotionally-torn this winter break, which is by far my greatest plan to date.

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Cable-Lace Multicolored Hat

IMG_8490This hat is one of my absolute favorite things I’ve knitted so far. I went through this phase over the summer where I knitted hats that came from the same balls of yarn. By that I mean I used gray, off-white, and maroon yarn from Lion Brand Wool-Ease. This was also one of the first time that I’ve worked with yarn that was not solely based on 100% acrylic.DSC_0130

See, I’ve always liked multiple colors on a hat, but I hated changing yarn colors because (1) I’ll have all these loose ends to weave in and (2) the colors don’t align perfectly. In the knitting world, there is this technique called jogging to even up those mismatched colors when you change yarn, but it’s not completely seamless enough for me, so I’ve always avoided switching colors. Then one day, I took one of my two favorite things to knit—the yarn over, which creates that lacey pattern—and I worked it into the row where I was changing colors.

The end result was barely noticeable, and I didn’t even have to jog the yarns! Win-win for me because I love lacey patterns and multicolor knitwear. So I started making lacey hats (you can find one of them up for sell on Etsy), but then I decided to add cables because those were the other things I love to have on hats. For a while there, I knitted Hermione’s Cable & Eyelet hat (http://jlyarnworks.blogspot.com/2008/07/hermiones-cable-eyelet-hat.html) from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Price. Since they were someone else’s pattern inspired from the movie, I couldn’t sell them. Only giving them away as gifts.

But for the past two years, I’ve been trying to make my own patterns. Mainly because I would have massive headaches going through knitting sites to find the perfect pattern and because I could never find one that I truly wanted. Remember, I started knitting because I could create whatever I wanted within my abilities, so I put my creativity to use. The bonus part was that I can sell my own creations without the hassle of violating copyright laws. Win again!

This hat is actually for sell on my Etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/shop/PygmyPurls). So far, it’s one-of-a-kind. I’m also new on Etsy, a site where people can sell/buy vintage or handmade items, so to be honest I’m not sure if my prices are fair. IMG_8473

So this is where you guys come in. What price would you be willing to buy this hat for whether it’s for yourself or as a gift? (Don’t worry, you’re not signing your life away if you take the poll.)

My other main concern is that I’m not putting enough description into my listings, so I’m not sure if it’s off-putting potential customers. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.