More than 14 months ago I was passionate about knitting hearts. I knit up nine hearts quickly and happily.
But the colors are so strong. Some of them don't blend well together. The eggplant is too dark - so dark it's almost black. The heathered purple is from a bit of leftover skein - and I think I might only have enough to knit that one and only swatch. I couldn't figure out how to blend these swatches.
Then I thought to do some fair isle heart swatches with five of the nine colors in one swatch. I liked the overall look - but it's a bear to knit fair isle on straight needles. My stitches look awkward. So after one swatch, I called it quits and put the blanket away for 14 months.
For some reason, this week while I was cleaning out my Knit Nook, I was inspired to pick up this project again. I decided that a number of striped swatches incorporating all of the colors might just be the answer to unifying the blanket into one theme. Other than weaving in 1,001 loose ends (OK - I exaggerate.), I am quite pleased with the unifying effect of these striped swatches.
So far, I have only knit four striped swatches, but when you look at all the swatches together, you can see that it starts to blend and work. I have renewed hope and inspiration to continue with this blanket.
Sometimes you just have to sit on something and let it stew until the right answer rises to the surface.