Old WIPs and New KALs
I am desperate to clear things off the "on the needles" list. I've laughed in the face of my recent bad knitalong luck, and joined Stranded: The Colorwork Challenge.
I am so excited about this. I haven't done a colorwork project in quite a while and I've been itching to do some again. The kind hostesses posed a few introductory questions...
What are your projects for this knitalong?
Well, I'm hoping to do more than one! I'm fairly certain the first one will be Eunny's Endpaper Mitts. I am planning to use Knit Picks Gloss in burgundy and cocoa. There's also a lovely pair of fair isle socks in Vogue Knitting on the Go: Socks that I would like to make. They are knit in about nine gorgeous heathered shades of Alice Starmore wool. I am thinking of substituting Jamieson's Spindrift or jumper weight. No doubt there will be others, or I will be distracted by the other knitters' projects!
Is this your first colorwork project? If it isn't, what was your first, and has it survived the test of time?
No--relatively early in my knitting career I made a number of kids' hats with stranded colorwork motifs incorporated in them. They were highly unsophisticated but appreciated by the recipients. I made one for my son that he liked so much he would play with it too, putting it on his stuffed Thomas the Tank Engine. It is now just a pile of tangled yarn, as he has loved it into oblivion.
Earlier this year, I made mittens, which were my first attempt at all-over stranded colorwork. The pattern is Mittens from Lapland, and appears in the book Folk Mittens. (I highly recommend this installment of the Folk Knitting series.) I love the cuff. They were knit in burgundy, teal, and cream Cascade 220. I expected they would take a long time to finish, but really the total knitting time was pretty short. It's just so much fun to watch the patterns develop.
They are not perfect, but I am very proud of them.