a kick from colour dominance

So – the koigu mittens I’ve been working on (yes, there will be a pattern, hopefully pretty soon!). They’re pretty. They’re knit in semi-solid koigu. And they were started last winter.

a lesson in colour dominance

So when I started the second mitten, I wasn’t sure what colour I held in which hand, and went for the easier way – the brown in my left (because I knit continental, and more of the stitches are brown) and the purple in my right.

Wrong! I totally had the nagging feeling as I started the chart that it wasn’t that easy the last time. Then I looked at the mittens together, and yup – wrong hands. The background colour (brown) should’ve been carried in my right hand (the strand which is carried “over” the other) so that the foreground (carried under the other) would pop. Darn.


The fact that it’s a mitten means it’s pretty fast going, though, and I’m almost done the thumb gore again. And it just occurs to me now that I have two projects on the go that are chocolate brown + some other colour (the socks from yesterday are the other project).

Tomorrow’s my book launch at lettuce knit – won’t you join me?







18 responses to “a kick from colour dominance”

  1. Julia Avatar

    Apparently, every social gathering of remote importance in my life happens tomorrow! If the LK doors are still open on my way home I’ll pop in and say “hi”. Congrats again on the book!

  2. Lindseyrose Avatar

    I love those mittens! And those colors!!

  3. Dea Avatar

    I love that color combination :)

  4. Mrs MJW Avatar

    Love the mittens. They are so….”planetary”…so Carl Sagan…so cosmos. Lovely colors and pattern.

  5. Andi Avatar

    Love the new blog look! – and the mittens.

  6. Timiae Avatar

    Gorgeous! Can’t wait for the pattern!

  7. Romi Avatar

    Wowza! Those are awesome!

  8. monic Avatar

    Congrats on your book! Wish I could be at the signing.

    I love those mittens.

  9. Katie Avatar

    I’ve been lurking on your site for years, and I think this is my first comment (!) I wanted to say congratulations on the book. I have it in my lap right now (we got an advance copy at my workplace.) I know authors always have much less control than we assume, but how much control did you have with your book? Do you think you’ll write another?
    Also, the mittens are gorgeous. They remind me of the light patterns sparklers leave behind. Lovely.

  10. teopea Avatar

    The pattern is lovely – very cosmic in fact! Looking forward to the pattern.

  11. Knittripps Avatar

    Maybe this will be the year I tackle mittens.

  12. gleek Avatar

    bummer you had to rip! but those are some beautiful mittens!

  13. Leah Avatar

    I learned a great tip from Ravelry. To see what color is dominant, look on the back and see which color is on top. That is the color that should be in your right hand. I needed to find out how to carry my yarns for knitting stranded flat and it totally makes sense. No more guessing for me!

  14. taelixev Avatar

    I like the website Vegan Yum Yum. They have the most interesting recipies.

  15. Jane Avatar

    Hi Laura I took your lace class a year or so ago at Lettuce Knit and you were successful in having me master my first lace project. I have been reading your blog regularly, as now I live on Manioutlin Island. Congratulations about your book .. you seem so talented in the fiber domain adn in the litchen. My tip ( which may not work for your diet) is a pasta recipe I recently tried with grated sweet potato, garlic, red peppers, diced tomotoes sauce over whole wheat passta. Maybe one could use rice noodles. Anyway congrats!

  16. Karin Avatar

    I love sweet potato and black bean quesadillas. I boil a sweet potato until soft and mash it together with black beans. Spread the mixture onto a tortilla, add some shredded cheese, top with another tortilla, and grill. Then serve with your favorite salsa.

  17. rainin9 Avatar

    Great colours! Real pretty.

  18. BaшпapeнЬ Avatar

    Занятно пишете, жизненно. Все-таки, для того, чтобы делать действительно интересный блог, нужно не только просто сообщать о чем-то, но и делать это в интересной форме:)

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