All The Pretty Little Horses

Lullaby and goodnight.
Go to sleep my little baby;
When you wake,
you’ll have cake,
and all the pretty little horses. “

When I was a little girl, I used to think about horses quite a lot. I drew them. I sought out toy ones and stuffed ones. I even dreamed I was a golden palomino who would run, play and fly. I’m sure Freud would have a field day with all the pretty little horses.

Nowadays my distraction of choice is yarn and the pretty things I came make from it. While cruising my RSS hangouts, I came across something so wonderfully textured and visually captivating that had to start one myself. It is the Chevron Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts – a book I had but a pattern I’d ignored. At first I resisted, knowing full well that I already had two socks in progress along with a sweater and tweedy jacket. Once I clicked through Ashley’s site to the Flickr group and saw the other Chevrons in the works, my resolve melted into a colorful puddle of goo.

LMKG Chevron ScarfI spent Thursday night clawing through stash to find complementary sock-weight yarns and woke Friday morning to cast on with Scout’s “Harlot’s Mums” and Dani’s “Dragonfly”. My first thought was to pair a handpaint with a nearly solid but I thought, “Ah. That’s so safe.” Since the pattern called for two painted yarns, I dug deeper to find color similarities (purples, greens) and tonal differences (yellows, blues) that would work together. It’s not a pat little pattern that’s emerging but I like the undulating colors nonetheless.

Chic Knits RibbyIn the past week, I finally ripped out the swatch I did for ChicKnits Ribby Pulli, and cast on 216 stitches to get the short sleeve version underway. The original plan was to do long sleeves but by the time I’m done, we’ll be into warmer weather. Hey, at least I’m honest about it. At this point, the sweater is mostly ribbing but it’s starting to take shape.

Rocky paws in shoesFinally, I thought I’d share my latest shoe purchase with you. As you can see, Rocky beat me to the punch by trying them on for size as soon as I took them out of the box.

Share and share alike, I ‘spose.

8 comments to All The Pretty Little Horses

  • Would you please stop making scarves that are so TANTALIZING?

    That is the most thrilling thing ever!

    I want everything you make!

  • I love the scarf and I LOVE the color combo for your Ribby!!

    That Rocky is such a handsome kitty man!

  • Rocky has good taste. I’m jealous of the Chevron scarf. I want to do one. I’m hoping that one of the yarns from the STR sock club will match something that I have so that I can make one of the scarfs.

  • Your scarf is gorgeous, I just so happen to have a skein or 2 of Koigu in the stash and also a skein or 2 of STR. I’m off to rifle the stash and see what I can come up with!!! A sheep, following like I sheep I am. Hope you are faring well with this weather.

  • What a GREAT color combo! It’s so bright and cheerful–the colors just glow!

  • That scarf is truly psychedelic. The colours and flowing stitch pattern just… like, wow, man. (Hey, I was there, I’m entitled.)

    I think Rocky was thinking hard: YOU want shoes, I want gooshy food. Deal?

    Oh, and thanks for the SPA link. I liked it so much I, er, signed up myself. Do they still run those Remington ads?

  • The Chevron Scarf is just gorgeous! I love the way the two yarns compliment each other. It reminds me of a kaleidoscope!

  • I love how your scarf is knitting up. I’ve seen the “blog swell” around the pattern & the STR color combos & have thought it would be a great diversion from the winter grays. 🙂