Swatching, swatching, swatching

Designing. Sometimes, the pattern just kind of flows out of your brain and into the needles, and everything just kind of works out. And sometimes, you swatch and swatch and nothing comes to you. And sometimes, something is so pleasing, and you fall madly in love, but it’s simply not quite right for the project you’re swatching it for. That last one is what seems to have happened to me this past week.

I’m working on a Magical Unicorn project with my gal Lorajean from Knitted Wit. Using her adorable wee Pixie Stix (mini skeins of Pixie Plied) in all eight Unicorn colors, and one or two contrasting skeins of Victory Sock, I’m trying to create something that folks love, and that utilizes and showcases all of those gorgeous Unicorn colors, and just plain works. I think I have a bias-knit wrap all figured out, and it’s going to be amazeballs, but I also wanted a crescent-y shawl using my new favorite shawl shape, with a twist. But the yardage is just not meant to be.

So, I’ll make another pattern, a complementary pattern, using a skein of sock yarn and a full skein of Pixie Plied in one Unicorn colorway. And I’ll realized that it’s ok if something doesn’t work out exactly like I wanted it to, and that sometimes, something that’s a bit harder-fought is actually a better thing. A really good lesson for all of life, right?

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