TKGA Master Knitter: Choosing Yarn

So, what does “light-colored” mean anyway?  I’m having difficulty accepting this as I start my TKGA Master Hand Knitter’s Program.  I don’t like light-colored yarn.  I’m sure I’ve said this before and will say it again, but I really don’t like it.

I was talking to my friend, Laura, at work about finally getting around to our swatches.  She’s waiting for the yarn she ordered and I’m just being lazy and SWTOR obsessed.  Either way, I am not happy after Laura pointed me to this Choosing Yarn Article (for those of you who are TKGA members).  To sum it up the article basically says that if you are not using white, cream, or pastel there’s a good chance you will be asked to redo the swatches.

Now I’m frustrated.  Why don’t the directions just say white, cream, or pastel?  Light-colored does not mean pastel to me. Pastel means you have to squint and turn your head in funny directions to see a hint of color.  Okay, so maybe they want to see that you can make “good” color choices for your work and swatches.  Apparently I can’t.

I think it’s easier to see stitch definition in a medium color.  Colors like a rose pink, sea green, or light blue.  But not pastel.  I think color makes things easier to see and neutrals harder to see.  Maybe I have weird eyes.  Maybe I just haven’t looked at enough submitted notebooks to appreciate the neutrals.

The good news is that I managed to knit Swatch # 1.  The bad news is I will have to redo it.  The middle ground is that I have awful edges on my ribbing portion so I was probably going to redo it anyway.  I need to look up ways to even out the tension when I’m on the first/last stitch of a row.  Right now every other row end has a freakishly large knit stitch.

More good news is that along with knitting my first Swatch # 1,  I am no longer committing knitter’s sacrilege. I’ll post more on that later.


  1. I am just starting the master knitter program too. thanks for the article link — I’m definitely going to check that out. urgh, I’m not a huge fan of light colors either. maybe a nice light grey?

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