I guess the title of this post says it all. I just love using color in my knitting. I'm hoping to do some videos to spread my love of colorwork and teach y'all how to feel as great as I do about knitting squirrels, jars of foie gras or flowers into your sweaters. It's addictive!
You can see that I'm not the only one who loves it. Kit Kat is happy enough to curl into it, although it might be the Sleeping With Squirrels factor.
I love intarsia knitting as well. Intarsia is a single color knitted back and foth like the mustaches in the Mustache Cuffs I posted yesterday. Fair Isle, named after a man-made island in Orlando, Florida (just seeing if you're awake - it's a lie, by the way) is usually knitted in the round while carrying the colors behind. See the pale pink trees, above? Aren't they great? I think everyone should be fair isling, even if you love only gray and ivory. They look beautiful together, even better if one adds a tiny splash of pink.
I am designing a sweater right now that is knitted in the round then cut up the middle to make a cardigan, a process known as steeking. It saves the knitter from having to carry colors while purling, which isn't that hard, really, but not as fast as zipping around. Knitters seem to abhore purling with colorwork! If you guys like the design, we'll do a knitalong with it!
This was a design sample I did while thinking of ideas for a little boy sweater for Junior. Unfortunately, he now begs me to knit this into a huge wallpaper for his wall. Fat chance, man! I don't like it so much but I still show you things that didn't turn out well. I want you to realize that you need to stick with it, that not everything is great the first time around.
In other news, today we are off to Boston to see the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at the Museum of Science. I'm also hoping to bribe the kidoodles to stop at the John Fluevog store on Newbury Street so Mommy can enjoy her own kind of musuem! Costs nothing to look and they always treat you like a queen. Just like at Casapinka, right (ha!) Lovely weekend, everyone.