Hi, Madame TJ!
I gotta say, I found myself really inspired by the thought of doing some free-range, "organic," style knitting. I put down everything else I was working on and just started to go for it.
The link to the site above had a free-range scarf pattern that had a few "ground rules," which I followed. I decided to try a triangular scarf/mini shawl for my first free-range attempt.
It said to start with a beautiful, handpainted, natural fiber yarn (which I already had,) then to incorporate eyelash, ribbon, ladder, etc. for texture. I went to LYS to find these. FORTUNATELY, an artist came in to do some shopping of her own while I was shopping. She saw what I was up to, and offered her invaluable assistance in matching yarns! Yeah for the wonderful artist's help!!!!
The guidelines said to make sure something had a bit of sparkle, so one of my yarns had a bit of gold thread in it, which worked for me - I really don't like sparkle, but had to admit that it really helps to pull the other yarns together.
The it said to try to pick a "high" and a "low", which are black/white substitutes - something I understood from quilting. To do that, you have to pretend you are taking black and white photographs. Would this color look like black/white if all the color were removed? My handpainted yarn had copper/teal/sage/chocolate tones. I went for the deep chocolate as my black, but since there was no white, I brought in teal/sages that had a tiny speck of ivory. I didn't want to detract a lot from my beautiful painted yarn, so I minimized that aspect.
Then, I took my thinnest yarn, and prestrung a variety of beads on it - copper metal beads, tiny beads in the same colors teals, sages, copper-colored, etc., also ceramic painted beads in teals/coppers that I found. I skoooooched the beads down the yarn and just knit along, randomly, occassionally, I brought up a bead. The beads were such a perfect foil for my beautiful yarn - wish I hadn't spread them so thin, because you really can't see them as much as I would have liked. They are a bit of mystery that I really found exciting!! I think I would like to incorporate some beads in the fringe, when I get there.
So far, I am totally loving this experience, and learning so much! I am DEFINATELY going to do this again!
Hope you are having as much fun as I am!
I'll try to attach a few pics for you. Hope you can see the details, but I am getting such color washout, it might be difficult. The bead close up pic has 4-5 beads in it (really,) but you can only see the one. Bummer! The shawl is still scrunched up on the needles, but it really is a triangle shape.