When it comes to knitting, I don’t really have a specialty or a favourite technique. I love variety — trying new things and switching things up. I will say that some techniques are more addicting than others in the moment though. Stranded colorwork definitely falls into that ‘addictive’ column. When I start, it is really hard for me to put it down.
You can imagine how excited I was last night to complete the moss stitch band of my Sixareen Cape & be able to wind the skeins for the colorwork. I am making a point to savor this project . In a concerted effort to slow down a bit in general & just enjoy this treat of a project, I took my time winding each skein & noted the weight of each. Then I stopped for a picture.
Front row (from left to right): Snap Pea, Glacier — Back row (from left to right): River, Egret, Rosa Rugosa — Very back: Peter Parker, the fish.
Not pictured is the moss stitch band which is in Storm.
Highlighter tape in hand & the legend notated with my color choices so I don’t make boo-boos, I was ready to begin. It took less than a round for me to acknowledge that placing markers after each repeat was absolutely necessary. Often I don’t bother with the markers, but with nearly 400stitches per round it saves a lot of time if you can catch a mistake after 20 stitches instead of 200. And yes, I recognized this the hard way. Twice.
I can’t say I minded going back, especially since I knew the markers would prevent a rerun of my folly. The correction time did, however, team up with the giant coffee I had late in the afternoon to keep me up far too late last night. I may be short on sleep, but I do almost have the first border complete. I can’t wait to start in on the next portion of the design to see how the colors I selected look together. So far, I love it — a nice mix of brights & neutrals. Very different from the original palette of Kate Davies, but very me.
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Until next time, Happy Knitting!