Wednesday, April 04, 2012

The color of this yarn determined the name of the pattern the moment I saw it on the shelf.  If you have been to Jamaica or had a spring break down in the islands, you know what I'm talking about.  That crazy sweet red/orange rum punch, and lots of it.  

It's what makes you think those braids are going to look good on your head. 
(Dark roots and a sunburned scalp isn't as attractive as you think it's going to be.  I know, because the photos don't lie, but the punch sure does.)

Apparently, this tweed has the same logic dampening properties as the punch.  Although it's April and I absolutely know I should not be designing in tweed, I find myself knitting along.  However, the difference between tweed and booze is that the effects aren't compounded with more skeins.  I still have my wits about me, and have come up with a plan that allows for both tweed AND cotton.   That perfect red is in the photo below is Blue Sky Alpaca's Skinny Dyed Cotton and it should be the same gauge as the tweed.

As a little experiment, I'm going to design for both yarns, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the pattern translates to each.   Both yarns seem to fit the Planters Punch theme, don't they?   Anyone in New Zealand can knit for winter, and anyone in Boston can make one for summer.  Everyone will be happy.  Or so the plan goes.

  Tune in next week and we'll see how it pans out.

In the meantime, I'm making spring break plans that include Brooklyn.  Which made me want a Manhattan. 

Will happily take any suggestions of things to eat and do in Brooklyn! 


Maya said...

Eat here while in Brooklyn:)

You can get cocktails by the jug for a larger group:)

Kristen said...

Ouu, I can't wait to see this pattern, I love Blue Sky Alpaca Skinny Cotton.

I have never heard of Planter's Punch, maybe it is an east coast thing, but it sounds like boxing terminology doesn't it?

Bee said...

so many awesome places to go in brooklyn but I must suggest lucallis for an amazing pizza!! sooo yummy ... as I am a brooklyn girl if you are looking for some company I'm more than happy to volunteer as a tour guide :)

QuiltedSimple said...

Yay! I even have skinny dyed cotton (but not in that lovely red color).....

Susan said...

Great place for Sunday brunch is on the corner of Kane and Court St. (can't remember restaurant name, but my son lives on Kane St., and we were there on our last visit.) My son tells me it's a good place for dinner as well. Actually, there are LOTS of good restaurants on Court and Smith Streets - they run parallel to each other. There's everything from Five Brothers burgers (definitely not your average burgers and fries) to pizza and ethnic foods of all varieties.