Saturday, November 08, 2008

Christmas Prezzie #1 done!

The stranded fingerless mitts are done!

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I have so enjoyed this project, my first colourwork knitting!

In fact, I got so much enjoyment from it that I've purchased some colourwork books that should arrive next week, and I'm on my way to pick up a couple more from the libary. Reviews to come!

In the meantime, here are the FO details:

"Where do Generals Keep their Armies . . ." (Composed Mitts)
Pattern: Composed Mitts by Michelle Rose Orne from Interweave Knits, Fall 2007

Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight, Alpaca Silk, and Melange to get the colours right

Needles: 3.5mm (US 4) Addi Turbo circular needles, using magic loop

Ravelry Page: click away!

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Yep, it's going to be hard to give these away.

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Monday, November 03, 2008

One mitt done!

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Ok, I am in love with colourwork. This project has been so much fun, and SUCH a learning experience.

I think I am going to do a lot more stepping out of my comfort zone to learn new techniques.

I am now knitting two colours with one in each hand! I'm 'picking' the one in the left hand, and 'throwing' the one in the right hand.

There are fabulous technique explanations out there, and the ones that really made the process click for me are this post at Knitting in Color and this TechKnitting tutorial.

I can't wait to work on the next mitten -- hopefully with new and improved even tension!

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Faux Fair Isle

Apparently, I'm not knitting Fair Isle at all.

My composed knits are just knitting stranded colourwork, and there are GRAND debates all over the internet about what you're actually allowed to call Fair Isle. Fair Isle is a type of stranded colourwork, but not all stranded colourwork is Fair Isle. And you can have woven colourwork... don't get me started.


If you are interested in Fair Isle and knitting accuracy, first of all, I apologize. Then I direct you to this fantastic blog, Knitting in Colour so you can read the entries on Fair Isle vs stranded colourwork parts one and two.

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