Monday, October 01, 2018

Havana CAL Begins

Havana CAL Gauge Test
 My swatch turned out to be almost exactly 3"x3"

I'm going to have to figure out why I was having such a hard time getting my hook into the border stitches at the beginning and end of each row.  It amounted to a lot of extra time and frustration that I'm afraid I won't tolerate well once the new project glow wears off.

Another thing I won't tolerate well is the inordinate amount of time it has been taking to prep these posts the last three days. I'm beginning to remember why it was so easy to let posting slip out of my days.

I just spent hours fiddling with these photos in the editor and am still not happy.  The colors are not reflecting the reality.  The contrasting colors from the bottom are supposed to be: Lime green, Light Yellow, Neon Orange, Strawberry Pink, Blackberry Lavender and Mint Blue or Turquoise Teal.  Those are six of the twelve colors I've chosen to make my Havana Rainbow.
Havana CAL In the Bag
Here are all twelve in the project bag.  The colors here are closer to the truth.

Havana CAL Yarn Rainbow
Here they are lined up in the rainbow order but the colors are so bad I shouldn't have bothered posting.   But then what a waste of the time I spent shooting and  tweaking it.

I don't know where the blame lies most between my eyesight, the Kindle Fire camera, the LED lamp illumination or the crappy photo editing aps on my laptop.  Whatever it is I need to figure it out if I'm going to be posting frequently about my fiber art.  Or, as I hope, create ebooks of my own original patterns.

I would have much rather have spent the last four hours crocheting!

Anyway.  I've chosen to work my Havana with Caron Simply Soft with White as my MC and twelve CC: Royal Blue, Robin's Egg, Mint Blue, Limelight, Sunlight, Neon Orange, Mango, Strawberry, Burgandy, Blackberry, Grape.

Mmmm.  I'm hungry all the sudden.  Picnic anyone?

I'd been collecting the colors for several years so I already had all the CC and only needed to augment the white.  While I was dithering about whether I should spend that much I found the white as an add-on at Amazon more than 50% off.  Less than $3 per skein.

The Universe is saying 'Yes' so how can you say no? I asked myself.

By the way I'm planning to adapt this into a heavy long cardigan or cape with hood.  I hope that won't offend the designer or break any CAL rules.  But I've no use for an afghan in my living situation (my bed is a mattress on the floor of Mom's room) and I would like my own cape or coat of many colors.

I'm hoping to get this finished in time to wear it before its too warm.  Since its for myself I"m going to have limited time to work on it before Christmas so I'm aiming for mid March to finish.  I'm also working the Unbuntu CAL.  Also for myself.  More on that later this week.

Here's a link to the info about the Havana CAL.  I would post a picture of it but I'm not sure its my right to do so.  Believe me it is worth the trip over to see it.


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