I resisted the temptation of knitting magazine previews and decided to go the way of the Gunn -- Tim Gunn -- and carry on with Tubey in the charcoal Cascade 220. Saving yarn for a pattern based on a preview shot is a bit like putting the cart before the horse. You can never be certain that actual pattern will live up to its preview. I have been disappointed on more than one occassion by a pattern once the magazine was in hand.
I am mentally experimenting with edges and color for Tubey. I am unsure about the rolled end of the bell sleeve. I almost feel that I want a neater edge. Hemmed? Some sort of crochet edging? Ideas?
As for color, my first inclination was to make Tubey in solid charcoal, but the idea of a dash of the celadon appeals to me, although I fear it is too weak against or not harmonious with the charcoal. If I were to add color, it would either be at the very top, where the body joins the sleeves or just under the bustline to visually suggest an empire waist. Input on color, placement of color, and sleeve hems is most welcome.
Finding the right hair product is a process not unlike finding the right yarn for a pattern. Much experimentation is required until you finally hit that product that delivers the desired effect without creating a crispy mess of product dandruff or creating an oil slick on the forehead.
My experimentation with hair products continues, and my concern is growing over the Paul Mitchell Spray Wax. My organic clarifying shampoo does not seem to be cutting through the wax at all. Thus I emerge from the shower with my hair wet with residual amounts of spray wax clinging. The Spray Wax certainly helps mold and shape my hair, as evidenced by my sharp bedhead style.