You know how some people just have their knitting thing? like complete and utter love of lace or cables? like that is all they want to knit all the time? well, I think I found mine. It shouldn’t really come as a surprise considering how much I love the interplay of colors and the simpleness of stockinette.
Could you tell with all of the colorwork projects of late?
I wanted to try colorwork for years, but I was nervous about the technique. I delayed even trying it. I still have a lot to learn, but I am really in love with the process and the results. And for some reason, it really seems to work up quickly! Perhaps it is because I can’t wait to see how the colors will interact on the next row?
The Jacquard Pulli was a test trial – I wanted to see if five disparate yarns from my stash could come together in a Fair Isle pullover. I think I lucked out.
The colors are combining and creating a lovely spring-themed knit. I am using the deep brown as the main color – a nod to Project Spectrum’s Earth element - and mixing in the pink, cream, greens and blues. Each yarn here has lived in the stash for over a year, so this is truly a stashbusting project. And how quickly she grows! I started this project for Project Spectrum, as well as the Lord Stanley Stashbusting KAL on Ravelry. So far, I have knit this much after watching two playoff hockey games. (Go Penguins!) However, when the hockey gets intense, I have been known to put the colorwork down, for fear of messing up the charts… such was the case during last night’s nailbiter between Pittsburgh and New York!
I have found it quite simple to keep the tension in the stranding. My floats don’t pull too much, and with a light blocking, I don’t think there will be any puckering. I am using yarns of slightly different weights (the pink is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, but I have always thought of it as more of a worsted weight; while the green – Knit Picks Andean Silk – and blue -Cascade Lana d’Oro – are a lighter worsted, bordering on DK-weight).
SO, yes, I am quite enamoured with the colorwork… maybe it is just a phase, but I see this one sticking around for awhile. Guess what’s on my shopping list for this weekend?
What’s you knitting thing? is there a technique that you just can’t get enough of?