First, buy lots of yarn.
Having gleefully acquired a box of Unicorn tails and many full skeins, I’m now burning with an urgent desire to get started.
I set about building my yarn palette and embarking on my design.
When working with multiple colours, I like to establish a shallow box with a little bit of each colour yarn wound into a center-pull ball and wedged into place. This way I can see all the available colours, and if I carry the box with me, then I have everything I could possibly need. With the small quantity of yarn (47 m) in each mini-skein, each could be wound into a single ball. In addition, I wound the full skeins first into a mini ball, then the remainder into a larger one to be kept aside for future replenishment.
I have arranged my colours in some form of grouping within the box, bluey/green, lights and greys, darks, warm and bright but I’ll choose the colours as I go.
I used this method with my Andean Vest project: I had two cucumber trays full of little balls, somewhere in the range of 70+ colours. Strangely, at the end of the project I still had two trays full of yarn – knitting for free??
Since I was on the road at this time, it was particularly important to keep my palette box compact. I had to have my big balls shipped home to avoid luggage overload. No, you may not laugh. … well, maybe a little…
Under other circumstances (more on this later), I would complete my yarn palette with contributions from my stash. Sorting for similar weight, harmonious colours, and different lusters, if possible.
Now the swatching to choose the needle size could begin. My next thrilling installment will look at creating the design charts.
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