I’m not caffeinated. Really.

You came, you saw, you commented…

(sorry for the sub par photo) … and I did whatever the hell I wanted anyway. Mwahaha! (it’s my blog and I’ll knit what I want to, knit what I want to, knit what I want to, you would knit too if it happened to you) (now, please, do go ahead and imagine me singing that out loud, as I tap my feet and sway my booty. Because I do do that ;)).

Seriously. The comments were eye opening.

Example: someone said the stripes would be too simple. I thought about it and agreed. Someone said the faux plaid would be too dark. I thought about it and agreed (this, by the way, was my original favorite. I’m tucking away the pattern in my memory, because it’s quite eye-catching, even if it’s not right for this project). The snowflakes, too whimsical. Agreed. The specks would be too simple. Indeed.

But what I’ve got now, it makes me happy.

This is baby’s second Fair Isle, so tell me if I’m completely off mark.

You know how I chose the new pattern? I looked (about 40 times, from every angle) at the photo of the sock in progress, and asked myself, “What element of the top band was most pronounced?” To me, it was the rhombus nature of the whole thing. Rhombus connected to another rhombus, encapsulated in another rhombus, bordered by more rhombuses…

And that was that. I took one of the little rhombus elements, put it next to another, made sure that the spacing wasn’t too close (otherwise, too much blue, as someone appropriately warned me), and started knitting. I’m finding that with Fair Isle patterns in particular, you have to actually swatch/knit to see if it’s right – all the fiddling around with charts is only half a step in the right direction.

But there’s a problem. I’m already bored to tears by the thing. I consulted the chart (more like chart-ette, it is so tiny) for the first half of the first round, and then didn’t need to any longer. Yawn! Too simple. On top of that, something new has captivated my attention…

I love the rejected motif. Someone finally pinpointed what it looks like – coffee beans! I couldn’t put my finger on it, and it doesn’t help that I’m not a coffee drinker, but that’s precisely right. Isn’t it dreamy? Mmmm… I have a plan for that motif, but it first requires me to rummage through my stashette and possibly purchase some Koigu. But no time right now – busy weekend. See you soon!


35 thoughts on “I’m not caffeinated. Really.

  1. Heide

    PERFECT! I like this much better than the four offerings you put up before. It is not overpowering and the balance looks “right”. I have no design abilities whatsoever and those who do never cease to amaze me. cheers!

  2. E to the M

    I think you made the right choice. I know it’s boring you to tears but the finished product will be great. For how long do you plan to do the small motif?

  3. Ashley

    Once again your genius is evident. If I ever design my own Fair Isle (har) I want you to do a lot of squinting at and thinking about my motifs!

  4. Jen

    It’s absolutely perfect. The color density is right on, it’s a logical change-up, and it’s beautifully executed. (sniff) You make me want to be a better knitter! (sniff) Well played!

  5. Beth S.

    Looks great! You really have an eye for this sort of thing.

    Of course, now that you mention coffee beans, I love that original motif too. πŸ˜‰

  6. marlyce

    Hey–that’s great!!

    For the “coffee bean” motif, why not add a border of coffee cups and mugs? Tres Whimsical–or are we staying away from whimsy this month?

    I enjoyed how you shared the creative decision making process. That was really informative and useful to those of use who are not designers, but who sometimes play with design and add our own bits to the original. Thanks a bunch.

  7. Sue F.

    A very handsome sock. Now I have to go make a pot of a methylxanthine derivative and add some sucrose to it. Because I’m not caffeinated.

  8. Tara

    Yes! The new motif goes perfectly and Coffee Beans! That explains my fascination with it, I am now dreaming of armwarmers in coffee and cream…yum.

  9. Carrie

    They DO look like coffee beans! I knew I liked it, I just couldn’t figure out why. πŸ™‚ Very cute. I like the new sock pattern too.

  10. insaknitty

    yay! love how it’s looking now. πŸ™‚ I can see how the rhombus/diamond thing compliments the overall design better than the coffee beans. love it! and I do hope to see the beans show up in another of your creations one of these days! what fun. πŸ™‚

  11. Monica

    They complement nicely. Are you going to continue it through the foot? Can you squeeze in a third pattern to ease your boredom?

  12. Daphne

    Yep, swatching is critical for fair isle, but you can sometimes fake it with duplicate stitch if it’s a color issue rather than a pattern issue. (Like you’ve already done a swatch but one color is sinking in too much so you duplicate over it with another. It’s a fakey way to do it since your dominance is going to be off.)

    Anyhoo, I like that you’ve ended up with two other patterns to use later. Coffee beans is right — I’m going to have to use that myself since we *are* coffee lovers at my house.

  13. Vaire

    Just a little trivia: this pattern is called ‘bean-leaves’ in Estonian. ‘Oalehekiri’ if you care for the original name. πŸ˜‰

  14. Kaie

    I agree, you would get bored to death doing this diamond pattern all the way to the toes. How about combining rhombes and the sawtooth pattern for a similar border as the top, but a little smaller and running this all the way along the center front (and maybe at the back too). That of course means more frogging πŸ™ but never fear!!!

    I have couple of pairs of mittens, that my granny made using the bean leaf as main pattern. I should go dig ’em out and see what she used for the border!

  15. Claudia

    First I thought, why do you want to change the pattern? But your decision was well considered, your sock is now better balanced. It looks perfect, you are really an artists!

    I can hardly await the finished sock.

    Best wishes from Germany,


  16. Brigid

    Fun that the old pattern looks like coffee beans. I’m pretty sure it’s a baltic pattern often called ‘bean flower’ (or leaf, can’t look it up now). I have knitted some Latvian mittens using it. The new pattern looks better on the sock, though.

  17. Sasha

    Funny that I couldn’t really see the problem with the first pattern until you went with the new pattern, but now I totally see what you are saying. You do have an eye for it.

  18. SallyT

    Grumperina’s got commitment issues. No relationship is exciting all the time but when you see it through to the end, you’ve got yourself a nice sock (or a lovely family or a big pension or…). Commitment can be BORING at times. Is the payoff worth it?

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