Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Which Way Do I Go?

I've cast on for my next Noro project, but I've kind of reached a stand still. I've decided to knit a felted bag and I'm going to be using one of the Noni Carpet Bag patterns. I'm going to be knitting the largest size, The Rather Huge Carpet Bag.

The pattern calls for holding two stands of yarn together for a firmer fabric and I like that idea, especially since the bag is large. I'm going to knit this with some Kureyon (color #147) that was in my stash and now I'm trying to decide if I should match the colors of the two strands for knitting. I've knit several rows of the bag bottom to help me decide.


This first example was knit with the colors matching for both strands as close as possible. I like the way it came out and the stripes are easily discernible. I think it might be important to note that the individual stripes of color will not be as thick on the sides of the bag. There are a lot more stitches in a round as I knit the sides than there are on the bottom of the bag.


For this second example, I just randomly selected two skeins and held the strands together with no regards for matching the color of the strands. You can still see the stripes, but maybe the stripes aren't quite as prominent. I do like the way each color is variegated too. The overall color effect of this one does remind me of some old 70's shag carpet. But I kind of like that idea since it is a "carpet" bag.

If you have an opinion, I'd like to hear it. Maybe you don't see a big difference. My husband didn't. He first said that each sample had different colors in it. And while that is true, it isn't the difference that I was going for. I explained the differences and then he picked, but he really wasn't into at all. I don't know why I keep asking his opinion on stuff like this.

So maybe you can help me decide. What do you think? I'm leaning towards option two. I think the mixed colors might look really good together when felted. But I wonder if I will miss the regular stripes of Kureyon.

19 comments:

Stacey said...

option 2 for sure....I think it will look great when it's felted!

Deb said...

Option 2 - and I didn't even read what we were voting on. I just like the way i t looks!!!

Dave said...

I vote for Option 2. The colours will mute together a bit when you felt them. I think trying to match the colour patterning is a recipe for a headache. Just when you get it right, you'll run into a knot or something and lose your place. Just my opinion, of course.

Knitting in Pink said...

I'd go for option 2 too. Like Dave said, Kureyon has a tendency to have knots and you wont be able to match the stripes the whole time. So might as well make it look like you intended it to look like that.

gilraen said...

Option2 of course, much Classier and will prevent insanity developing should there develop any difficulties with matching (been there ;))

I love the colours :) Speaking from experience I think you will need a lot of felting for the Noro BTW. Have you considered a plain Cascade base for sturdiness?

Looking forward to seein this turn out :)

Stacie said...

I like the randomness of the second example... could be fun! I got through the yellow/fuscia part of my scarf I had mentioned to you, and it looks really '80s, so I am sticking with it... I love the Go-Gos! and noro!!

IrishgirlieKnits said...

I like them both, but I probably like Option 2 better. Both are gorgeous...felted bag out of Noro..Love it!!!

cpurl17 said...

Another vote for Option 2! It's going to look fabulous!

Zonda said...

Although I do like the look of option 1 now, but it would change like you said, I think Option 2 is the best bet! I can't wait to see just how big it is before you felt it!

Esoteric Knitter said...

At first glance I couldn't see a different. But when really looking at the two, yeah, hmmm I kinda like them both. Or maybe I just love the colors because there's just so many yummy shades of green. LOL, I'm no help. I like them both.

Lauren said...

I thought I would prefer option 1, but I was wrong. I vote for option 2!

Batty said...

I think option 1 will look a lot like option 2 once you felt the piece and it gets a halo. So why bother matching up colors exactly? #2 is very pretty.

Bobbi said...

I like option 2 best. exactly how HUGE is this bag gonna be? I can't wait to see :)

Trillian42 said...

I say option 2. One because I like the way it looks, and two because it's going to make you a lot less insane while you're knitting it. :D

turtlegirl76 said...

What Pam said. Don't give yourself a headache. Let the Noro be what it wants to be. Option 2 please.

Julie said...

Option 2 is what I'd go with. I like the Kureyon striping, but I think a big bag will look better with the mixed colors.

angelarae said...

Well, with Kureyon the coloring effect isn't going to match exactly, no matter if you use the same colors held together or not. So, coupled with the headache of trying to keep the stripes the same, I definitely vote for randomness (is that a word?). Less trouble and very pretty!

Ang

Mom said...

I know I'm late with comments but - well you know what's been going on with the computer.
I tend to agree with everyone else. Where did you get the carpet bag patterns? Would I like them?????

Leslie said...

I like option 2. The colors are beautiful!