I'm sure that anyone who works with textiles will understand the magpie tendency to hoard masses of fabrics, threads, yarns, buttons, books etc... not to mention the numerous half finished items. Some recents events have prompted me into thinking I really should have a massive clear out and whilst going through my yarn stash I found the beginnings of this blanket.
I have no idea when I started it (I've just looked back on my blog... almost 5 years ago!), nor what I have done with the pattern but I do recall it was started to use up all those odd balls of coloured yarn that were knocking about.(and if you follow the link you'll see my recollection is rather faulty... I actually bought new yarn!)
I think I quite like the chaotic mismatch of colours but they disturb me too. I decided I should finish it but found I was agonising over which colours I should put together... which of course doesn't really matter as it is totally random.
Although I recall reading that even in a randon scheme such as this there need to be some linking component and for my hexagons it is the orange centres to each patch.
I know what will happen though... all the little odd balls that are left will get used up and I'll still need to buy more to finish it!
And as I was adding hexagons to my blanket I got thinking about another blanket I wanted to try...
The "Starburst" blanket from Jane Brocket's knitting book... except for a while I've fancied making it on a black back ground which reminds me of the bright colours of fireworks against the dark sky.
Of course it did involve buying more yarn so instead of clearing out I've gained more adding to my "Stuffocation" but I did limit myself to only eight colours plus the black.
And of course this means I can instill order to my colour choices and the mathematician in me has worked out there are 336 different permutations of my eight colours using three for each square as opposed to only 56 combinations. (A permutation is where the order of the choices matters as opposed to a combination where the order is irrelevant). The squares above are the six permutations for the pink, turquoise and mauve yarn...
And I can't tell you how excited that makes me being able to work out which colours I should use next and in which order... and wondering if I'll be able to make all 336 different squares!
Sad I know! But it does make me wonder why I crave such order when my textile stash remains in such chaos. I'll tidy up and sort out when I've finished this blanket... promise!
How about you... order or chaos?