Friday, April 2, 2010
One Thing Leads to Another
If you had told me a year ago, that I'd be smitten with knitting patterns with color, I'd have told you, no way. It all started with that hat class I took last fall and has resulted, so far, in two hats, one pair of impossible mittens and a sweater I busted my butt to knit in a month, but can't wear until next fall because it's so warm. My previous forays into colorwork have all been with self-striping yarn. Oh sure, it's entertaining, but it's the yarn that does the real work there...not the knitter. There's no glory in that, unless you can get the patterning to line up when you're knitting a pair of something. In my mind, if you can get the striping to look like they match, then you're a genius. I don't bother. It's OK for self striping socks to be kissing cousins.
I am completely amazed by the allure of knitting with color these days, and now that I'm finally done with Skippy's socks, and the sweater, I've moved on. After hitting the local Home Goods store last weekend for a garbage can, ironing board and bath mat, I ducked into Barnes and Noble for a coffee. Four books, too much money and one latte later, I went home.
I was completely taken by the book, but especially the two sock patterns within. In particular, this one.
Let me just say, finding solid color sock yarns is no easy task for someone who wants to create their own patterns with color. I know it's easy online, but I try hard to give my money to my local yarn stores before I resort to that (after all, I don't want them to go away). I'd have preferred a lighter shade of blue, but I do like this Mini Solid in the electric blue, too. I'm fairly sure I have enough yellow and red scraps of yarn to do the duplicate stitching for the dancers. If not, well that's easily remedied.