Colour work, great minds

By Megan Goodacre

Colour work, great minds

Ah, one of those days yesterday.

On the one hand, launching the Gatineau  hat pattern on schedule, and then organizing my sketches, and then doing All The Filing, and then taking some photos in the filtered winter light and feeling self-satisfied about my progress on a new project I'm playing with. (A thick, lined, neck warmer in stranded colour work. Busting the stash.)

And feeling pretty smug, I don't mind telling you.

But on the other, moments later, by pure circuitous coincidence, running across a similar design on someone else's blog: Bergen by Carrie Bostick Hoge appeared as a little thumbnail on A butterfly in my hair which I was looking at after reading Cocoknits' blog. Bergen is also stranded colour work, also a cowl, and also uses a geometric design of triangles. Of course I'm familiar with Carrie Bostick Hoge's work, I must have seen this one before; did I inadvertently mimic it? Gah. (Actually I didn't say "gah", I have censored history to make this post G-rated.)

And now, should I use that cliche, great minds think alike? I've never cared for that expression, it seems like a back-door brag. But it is fascinating how things converge.

It all started in the chart maker, where I was playing around with simple geometric shapes and optical illusions. And landed on triangles. Arrange them a certain way, and you get pinwheels, diamonds, squares, or arrows.

But I think the two designs are different enough. The stitch repeat is smaller, and the effect is much different because of the rotation of the triangles and the colour changes. And the shape will be different.

It's all good. And, Christmas holidays are finally here. The 10-year old is lying on the couch (it's 9am) simply for the sake of enjoying not getting ready for school.

Okay, I'd better get going. Must. Ship. Christmas. Packages. TODAY.