Stay with me now.
While perusing one of the gazillion holiday catalogs that arrive these days, I got a hankering to knit another fair isle sweater (and no, I haven't woven in the ends on the black and white one). But not one that is all over fair isle. One that is just fair isle sleeves.
So as I thought about it some more, I thought I'd love a raglan sweater, top down, with solid fronts and backs and fair isle sleeves--and I have some great cobalt blue yarn for the body (Cascade 220). I wondered: might I have enough colors of 220 in the stash---that would look OK with the blue--that I could use?
But first--how many colors do I really need? I looked at a few fair isle patterns (thank you Rowan, thank you Debbie Bliss) and found that the magic number seems to be 8 or 9. I thought 'oh there's no way I have that many different colors' and then dove into the stash.
The the side, from far left, is a purple red color, purple, kind of a dark purpley brown, and a dark pink.
Nine colors, my friend. Nine.
I kind of wish I had a skein of gold but I'm pretty sure that the colors I have are enough contrast and that they will work.
How about that? Now to wind the skeins and start knitting.
But first---I have stuff to finish, and another scarf and a hat to cast on for, and then this. So maybe Christmas week knitting?