Exploring Colorwork

I have to admit stranded colorwork isn’t my favorite. Why you may ask? Well, it is hard. I have issues with maintaining the right tension throughout the color section. Lately, I have been trying to use the one in each hand method (color A in the left hand and color B in the right hand). This method helps with keeping the yarn in line and not twisted. However, my left-hand knitting is a little shaky. The reality is I need to practice if I am going to get better. I really want to take a stab at creating a pretty elaborate stranded colorwork sweater. They are so beautiful but look so challenging.

For me, hats are the best way to practice a specific technique. They are big enough to get enough repetitions in, while still keeping the project small in the event of failure. So here are my latest “practice pieces”:

This is a baby hat was made using Rowan Hemp Tweed and Paton’s Classic Wool. The colorwork was fairly easy on this hat as there is only one band where I alternated the colors 1×1. By the end of the color section, I had a pretty good pace going between my two hands.

This beanie is knit with Berroco Comfort (black and white) and some red acrylic yarn from my stash. I was inspired by the Branches and Buds Sweater. I have to say by the end of this hat my tension issues were working themselves out. Holding yarn in my left hand is still a little odd, but it is becoming more comfortable.

I hope to get a few more stranded colorwork pieces (hats or cowls) under my belt in the next few months so I am ready for the ultimate goal: a sweater.

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

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That Time I Went to Michael’s

My trip to Michael’s Craft Store was suppose to be an in and out operation. I don’t know why I lie to myself. Never have I ever made a “quick” trip to Michael’s. My original plan was to just go in and get some of my wedding photos framed. However, when I finished up with the associate I decided to take a little look around. What’s the harm right?  Well 30 minutes, many sales, and a coupon later I ended up with this bounty:

img_0529I am pretty proud that I made it out of there with all of this (and a few other items) for $58! First, I perused the Halloween items. It was all 40% off. I got some stuff for my students (stickers) and a easy Halloween costume for me (the spider headband). I am also participating in a Halloween Swap on Ravelry, so I picked up some  goodies for my swap buddy (hence why some items are not pictured). Then I found the monogram letters for 70% off. They are boxes so I plan on filling them with treats for the holiday season. I also picked up some yarn (no sale there) and stitch marker supplies (50% off strung beads).

When I got home I got to crafting. I was too excited to pack my goodies away.  I got out my extra beads, headpins, jewelry findings, wire cutters, and pliers and got to work.

I made these cute Skull Earrings:

img_0547These pretty dangle earrings:

img_0548And six stitch markers. I hope these aren’t too bulky as the beads do have a bit of bulk to them. 

img_0549 I also started this hat. It is Patons Classic Wool in Blue Denim. I continue to be happy with this yarn find. It is 100% wool, soft, and budget friendly. Perfect for hats! The hat is made with a 80 stitch cast on. I knit through the back loop (k tbl) to give the knit stitches a twisted look. I liked this little detail on a very basic hat silhouette as it makes the knit stitches stand out.

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All and all it was a good day. Michael’s is one of my favorite large craft stores as everything is pretty affordable. If you are like me and like to dabble in a little of everything Michael’s is great for gaining inspiration and keeping your wallet in check. For me, when the hobby is my passion (e.g., knitting), I do try to shop at local and/or online small businesses (i.e. Etsy shops). However, when I just want to explore Michael’s is a great start.

What is your favorite Big Box Craft store? 

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

Sunday Knits

American Football season is here, which means my Sundays will be full of food, friends, and of course fiber. Living on the West Coast football games start pretty early in the morning (10:00 AM). No worries though we made the best of it with brunch and mimosas. Even our fruit was representing the red and gold! 

 As many of you know football games are long. Think 3-3.5 hours depending on the number of flags,penalties…etc. This game was no exception. It felt like the 2nd quarter would not end. Thank goodness I had knitting. I was making another hat (surprise surprise) and all that sitting time went to good use.

My hat at 10:00 AM:My hat at 1:00ish PM: (Patons Classic Wool Worsted in Black and Caron Simply Soft in White)

7 inches done! Woot woot! Football might not be so terrible after all. It keeps the hubby occupied while I get to knit away. Talk about a touchdown 😉🏈👍🏾!

Until Next Time

-Whit-