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Sometimes, what a pattern looks like isn't what the final product really looks like...

In answer to the question 'what are you working on?,' my honest answer would be job applications and moving the logs for the wood stove from where they were dumped on delivery to a useful stack.

But, I'm managing to fit in some knitting, and have been thinking about patterns and how the final product looks compared to the pictures in the pattern.

My current primary project is called Bermuda. The pattern picture is a version done mostly in blue and is sup[posed to reflect waves in the Caribbean. Based on the picture, I likely wouldn't have made the shawl, especially given the price of the pattern (ouch!). However, I saw a version done by a friend in shades of grey (she jokingly called it Northern Beaches), and I realized that I liked it done in a single color variegated yarn. So I'm doing it in shades of brown:

Bermuda Shawl

Think I'll call it Dirt Road in Maine.

Other cases, where I've knit the same pattern more than once, demonstrate just how different a pattern can look when a different yarn is used:

Swoosh (pattern by the friend who did the shades of grey Northern Beaches....unfortunately not on-line.....):

In a close to solid purple mohair:

Swoosh version 1

In a variegated sock yarn:

Swoosh version 2

Aestlight, from Gudrun Johnston.

Using a mostly purple merino sock yarn, done in the larger of the two sizes in the pattern...

purple aestlight

In a green mohair (like the purple Swoosh above, a lovely yarn from Brooks Farm, now sadly discontinued.....argh ~ it was a basic staple yarn for me....), adapted to be larger than the pattern:

green shawl

So, what are you working on?

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