Yarn Happy


Ooo...the HAPPY of a yarn order arriving!! This is the lovely alpaca-wool mix Flora by DROPS Design. 04 Medium Grey, 09 Amethyst, 02 White and 21 Pink. And with these I'll be making...


My first colorwork/Fair Isle knitting project!! Fair Isle knitting is also known as stranded knitting--a technique of working two (or more) colors of yarn in the same row. This is a project which I'm working on for the Stick Your Neck Out CAL/KAL (crochet-along/knit-along) with the Crafternoon Treats Ravelry Group that I'm part off. The idea was to select a scarf, cowl, or even shawl that presents a challenge for you. And this project is full of things to test and expand my knitting experience! I'm knitting the very fun Classic Colorwork Cowl by Julie Zaichuk-Ryan of ButtonButton


I’m really excited the challenges of this colorwork cowl...  Knitting in the round and working from a chart are things I’m still working to improve. This is probably the thinnest yarn, and skinniest knitting needles I’ve used too--more challenges. But the biggest challenge is colorwork/Fair Isle Knitting, and this is my first project in this style of knitting, which I’ve wanted to learn for a looong time. 


This is the view of the back so far, the "floats" going OK. Floats being the different strands of yarn and how they are carried across the back of the work. I've knit a 2 x 2 knit/purl rib in the grey, and just finishing initial set up for pattern with color 3 changes… next to add white!


More challenging knitting continues with this... the Allergra Jacket. I began this in January and am still working on it. After some fits and starts with this seemingly easy project, it's going a bit better now. This jacket is knit cuff-to-cuff. What you're seeing is the right sleeve, which will be seamed later, and the longer bits extending from it become parts for the back and front. I know, hard to imagine... I'm just about to start the collar shaping. I’m not really liking this method of knitting, and don’t think I’ll try it again. It makes for a very awkward-shaped lump in the lap that I feel I’m having to stop often and rearrange. And now with so many stitches in one lump--221!!--working across is slow going. :/ I’m about 50% towards finish, so that is some consolation… that and the lovely lilac color!


More yarn-ing happening... this big beast of a crochet blanket, my Ocean Ripple ...is still on the hook... This one is taking some time! *whew*...  :/ 


Sustainable knitting help... I treated myself to some fun and pretty metal stitch markers for my yarn projects. I had some plastic ones, but they've all been breaking lately, which is very frustrating when you're mid-stitch! So going for more eco-friendly and sustainable with my crafting...  I made a few stitch markers with some jewelry making leftovers from my own days selling jewelry, but sometimes they catch in the yarn/stitches.  :(  And so I ordered these from the Duck and Rabbit via Etsy. They are very well made and of good quality materials. The markers under the pink organza bag I purchased. And the lady who runs the shop and creates the stitch markers very kindly sent me four extra ones as a thank you--the ones under the burgundy-red bag. WOW... so nice!! :)))

Join me later this week when I'll share some more about yarn... and maybe some fabric! 

What are you creating at the moment?!



Comments

  1. Wow -- you are on a roll! Love the pretty lavender/periwinkle in the jacket and the blues in the afghan. Good luck with Fair Isle. It's fabulous when it's done but if the pattern is complex, a real challenge! You can do it! And I love the stitch markers. I might have to check those out for a knitting friend's birthday gift!

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    1. Thanks for the yarn love, Jeanie! :))) The Etsy shop I linked to is UK-based, so not sure what postage would be to America. For my total order I paid under $20, which I thought was a great deal!

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  2. Beautiful yarn and pattern. Love the afghan. I am feeling the urge to make an afghan, I haven't done so for a long time.

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    1. Do hope you'll pick up yarn and hook again, Judy... would love to see what you'd make! :)))

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  3. Your cowl is going to be gorgeous! The colors are so wonderful and just say you. Ripple afghans always remind me of my mother, as I made one for her many years ago. Love the cute stitch markers too.

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    1. Thanks, Marilyn! My Mom used to crochet afghans, when my sister and I were younger...BIG things they were! At the time, being young and more interested in art and reading, the arts of yarn, needle fiber didn't snag me yet then... So now making my own afghans feels like taking up a thread from my Mom, and I think of her while I crochet. :)

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  4. You are amazing and knitting. I love the colors you are using. You inspire me as you try new methods of knitting. I will look forward to this newest project. The lilac color of the sweater is beautiful. The Ocean Ripple is so lovely. I really love the color combination on this one.
    Blessings as you work on these awesome projects and hugs for you for sharing your delightful work. You are a very talented knitter.
    Sending warm and loving thoughts your way dear friend in Christ!

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    1. Hi, LeAnn! Thanks for your sweet comment... I'm not sure about the talented bit, but I try...that's all I can do... LOL! ;)

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  5. I love seeing all of your ongoing projects Tracy! I am as excited as you are when I get new yarn. It is like Christmas! What an unsual project the Allergra Jacket. I have never heard of one that goes together in that way. Very pretty colour! Fair Aisle would be a definite challenge for me! Love your wave afghan. And what a brilliant idea for stitch markers! Love all that you share my sweet friend. LOVE YOU! Much lov and hugs coming your way from a very rainy and windy UK! xoxo

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    1. I LOVE the analogy of getting yarn being happy like Christmas... haha! VERY true. The anticipation and fulfillment has a lot of similar qualities to that special day! I had hear of cuff-to-cuff knitted garments, but didn't really have a sense of how it all worked until knitting this jacket. I'd much rather work the pieces flat and seam, or work in the round. But I'm really loving the colorwork knitting! :)

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  6. I love this colourwork cowl. It is so very pretty and the colours are gorgeous. Happy knitting! Marie x

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