Colorwork Love and Learning












Smile...and say Reindeer! ...Weeehooo... My first completed colorwork project… and I’m happy how it turned out!! This project was one I worked on for the Stick Your Neck Out CAL/KAL (crochet-along/knit-along) with the Crafternoon Treats Ravelry Group that I'm part of. The idea was to select a scarf, cowl, or even a shawl that presents a challenge for you. And this project was full of things to test and expand my knitting experience! This is the Classic Colorwork Cowl designed by Julie Zaichuk-Ryan of ButtonButton

This project was a BIG learning curve, but fun too. It's not perfect, and there were some stressful moments while knitting, figuring things out--how to carry floats, making sense of color dominance, etc. A few weeks ago, I shared a little sneak peek of this project at its very beginning. I chose the white, grey, pink and purple color scheme to go with my puffy winter parka, which is silvery-plum, and other pieces in my winter wardrobe. I actually like looking at the wrong side, I can see my improvement with floats as the rows went. 

I finished the cowl in good time before the Rav group deadline. And in time to still enjoy wearing this a bit while we still have snow! The cowl is light, but very cozy. The yarn I used was a lovely blend of wool and alpaca. Right before the Easter break we took these photos at Borre Park --a beautiful place nearby, and where there are several Viking burial mounds/graves, and which I have shared photos from other times...most recently in January.

For a long time I've admired colorwork knitting, a technique I had yet to really grasp. Thanks to this project, I've fallen even more in love with colorwork--now that I can do it-- and I’m looking forward to trying another, different project soon!

Just as the Easter weekend dawned I began getting sick with a cold--after TJ having been sick too--and so am a bit under the weather still... Hope to catch up with all of you more soon! 



Comments

  1. WOW! What a challenge that would have been Tracy. Good on you for doing such a fabuous job with it. It is just beautiful and so are you! So lovely to see your beautiful face. I am sorry you have come down with a cold however. Hope you will soon be feeling much better. Love and hugs to you all! xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Marie... for the knitting love, and for the well wishes! It's a been a rough few days here with us both sick. But hopefully the "fog" is lifting! :)

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  2. What a fantastic job on your cowl, the pattern is so nice. Hope you're feeling much better very soon! Its cold season here too, unfortunately I spent Easter in bed with a virus! I love looking at that snow, although you're probably all ready to some spring weather.

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    1. Thank you, Everydaythings... And hope you & yours will be keeping well there too!

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  3. This is SO CUTE! And you are so cute in it! That's a project -- boy, it sure looks like you did a terrific job with it and it's as wonderful to see the model as it is the finished project. But I'm sorry that healthy glow wasn't long lasting. Sending get well wishes for that cold and hoping by the time you see this you are well on the mend. Can't wait to see your next colorwork project!

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    1. How sweet you are, Jeanie! Thank you so much... :)))

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  4. i'm thinking you can do ANYTHING!!! just look at that little neck warmer.
    it's amazing.
    and i love these pictures of you. like Jeanie says. so cute!
    and the sparkly snow. they're all just wonderful. and fun! XO

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  5. get well soon Tracy! spring is waiting for your special touch.
    in our NE they're starting to believe it will never come.
    loving your cowl. such an intricate pattern. you're just amazing.
    and apparently also the maker of one perfectly round snowball!
    watch out Viking! love to you and TJ and little Luna! XO

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    1. Hi, Tammy! I'm a bit slow with the comments--sorry 'bout that! The cold "fog" is lifting... Thank you so much for the sweet compliments... The snowball-making was some fun! Hope you are keeping well there too?! ((HUGS))

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  6. Oh my goodness, how adorable are YOU! I love your lighter hair color and the new length :-) What a sense of accomplishment you must feel having taken on a challenging project.

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    1. You are too kind, Anne...but thank you! :) This project did feel like an good achievement. I've been wanting to try colorwork for a long time, but intimidated by the complexity of it. I really exercising my creative muscles on this one!

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  7. That is super beautiful! I'm still not very good at colorwork, but it seems to get easier every time. I don't do it too often. I didn't even know that there are knit alongs on Ravelry - I still haven't really explored the site yet, only downloaded some patterns that I loved. One day when I have time (LOL) I will do it.

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    1. Hi, Carola--great to see you here, and thanks! I signed up to Ravelry many years ago, but mostly used it as place to catalogue my projects and keep a list/queue of this I wanted to consider making. It wasn't until the past couple of years that I began using Ravelry for it's more social side, and getting involved in a groups, fun CALs/KALs, etc... I've been thinking about joining two other Ravelry groups, but not sure if I have the time/energy, especially as I help moderate at the one group I already belong too... LOL... But I love Ravelry!

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  8. I hope you have completely recovered and the cold's "fog" has lifted.
    WoW! that is an impressive cowl that you successfully completed. Just amazing. Loved the cute, fun photos of you and the trees are mesmerizing.

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    1. Good to see you here, too, Juana! Thankfully we are on the mend, and doing much better! And more energy for yarn too--even better! ;) The park where we took these photos is so beautiful... we love go there, and often take a picnic there in the summer.

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  9. I am a bit behind on reading blog posts. I have missed reading yours. I really like your beautiful cowl. It has been cold here and this would be perfect for getting out in the weather. We just had more snow this week. I admire the beautiful work you do.
    I do pray that you are feeling much better. I hate spring colds.
    Sending prayers, love and hugs your way sweet sister friend!

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