I originally wanted to make a mixed media wall hanging with this yarn knitted up as the base layer. As I was working it up it started pooling in a way that made me think of trees changing colors around a lake. A specific lake which is part of the fabric of my character, but that’s getting too deep to go into here.
The way the color moves looks to me like a reflection of trees of various colors- some pine/evergreens in the green spiky areas, maples in the wild pinky-purple. The yellow made me think of how light reflects off the water so I added a yellow moon to cast the light and added pearl beads to suggest either clouds or stars depending on your mood. The dangling beads are water drops- dew perhaps, maybe a waterfall. (When held up as if on a wall the drops hang more evenly spaced.) I may come back to it after it sits for a bit and add more to it, and maybe it will evolve into a wall hanging of sorts, but for now it wants me to let it be done and so I am honoring that.
I cast on 20 stitches in Darn Good Yarn’s worsted silk (colorway: Macchu Picchu, on Size 9 straight needles) and did a border of garter to avoid curling. Then worked it up until it felt right. When I stopped and added the top border it wasn’t feeling like a wall hanging anymore but a mug rug so I went with that. Then I got out the stash of bits and bobs and played around with things until I got here. I may still add an embroidered something or other but for now, it is done.