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?!