Saturday, January 7, 2012

In Which I Learn Colorwork

Wednesday's run/walk:  4.5mi on the dreadmill in 57:03
Thursday: nope
Friday's run/walk: Garmin says 5.25mi in 1:01:44 (5mi = 58:43)
Saturday's run/walk: Garmin says 7.25mi at Queeny in 1:34.  (Mostly-ran a 6.25mi Shirley-Goofy in about 1:19, then walked the last mile to stretch and cool down.)

So, anyway - in addition to the first time I've been at Queeny in a very long time, I also finished up my first colorwork project last week: a Sheep Heid hat. I absolutely loved the design, and the fact it was done all in natural Shetland colors - mooskit, shaela, moorit, gaulmogot, sholmit, katmollet, and yuglet - in addition to white and black.

I also taught myself the 'Philosopher's Method' for two-handed fair isle knitting. It was a bit of a learning curve as I'm basically a 'thrower', but I worked on it slowly and finally got comfortable with it.

Knitting in progress
I absolutely love how it turned out. I'm sure I could have used 2.75 mm and 3.0 mm needles as called for in the pattern. I bumped it up to 3.0mm for the ribbing, and 3.25mm for the hat,  because I usually am a tight knitter and can't get gauge without going up a needle size. However - with this double-stranded stuff, there's no way I was knitting as tightly as with a single color.

I have sheeps on my heid
More rams' heads on the top
Detail of the stitches - taken while blocking

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