March 16, 2012

Color Frenzy

In the past I gravitated toward single-skein projects and avoided colorwork because I thought it was too complicated.  The idea of tangled yarn and weaving in ends made me dizzy.  I eventually learned to suck it up and deal with multiple colors in a single project, but I've only done it sparingly.  Like when a project just jumped out and made me knit it.

But lately colorwork is all I want to do!  I find myself searching Ravelry for colorwork projects and pairing up my yarn to find the right color combinations.  I'm going to completely blame this on my knit crush Alex Tinsley for these three colorful hat patterns!  Also the Condurat by Sarah Burghardt is partially to blame as well...

Last night I finished a Phoncible hat in two contrasting skeins of Noro Silk Garden.  Each skein changes color on its own, but when stranded and striped together, you get a sort of mystery hat!  There's no way to predict how it will come out until it is done, which meant I had to knit this hat three times.  I would get almost done and realize I didn't like the way the colors were pairing, rip it out, then rewind the yarn so that I could work from the opposite end to get a different color variation.  Luckily watching the colors change is a lot of fun so I didn't mind all the ripping and re-knitting.


Sometimes I just want a little hint of contrast, like the wonderful running stitch in Wale and Course!  I knit this in Madelinetosh Sport in the colorway French Grey with a hint of Malabrigo Worsted in Frank Ochre.

Or a contrast brim like in A Hat For Eudora.  No one knows that contrast is even there while you are wearing the hat, but it's such a cute touch.  This one uses Madelinetosh Vintage in the colorway Cove and the contrast brim is done in Malabrigo Rios Cocoa.

And who doesn't love stripes?  Or cowls?  Or... gasp!  A striped cowl!  I love this cowl.  It's not a real pattern, or anything fancy.  I just provisionally cast on 100 stitches, striped up two gorgeous colors of Madelinetosh tosh dk in Afternoon and Fawn, and then kitchener-ed the whole thing off.  It's fun!

Okay, so I haven't done any real colorwork like intarsia or fair isle, but whatever.  It's a step for me anyway.

And that's all from me for now!  I've made it to the 270 hexipuff mark, so I might make a hexipuff update post soon.  I've also moved and as such I have a completely new yarn space.  Maybe I'll sneak in a yarn post as well...  See you next time!  :)

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