Sunday, July 22, 2012

The easy bits


Like the messiest room in the house that just isn't seen, this is the private side of the blanket.  It will look better once the ends are woven into the piece.
When I began the porcupine blanket, I was really annoyed that the brown border transitions were  getting in the way of quick knitting, and then I got to the first porcupine and realized those side bits were easy.  It was juggling all those butterflies in the porcupine that was hard!  And there weren't that many color transitions.  I'm not wild about this intarsia method, but it really is the only way to get the job done.  I got away with a bit of fair isle--much easier to strand--on the legs, but once I was on the body proper, well the easy part was done.  The pink on either side was accomplished using separate butterflies.  So, yes, enough was going on with all those strands of yarn that I was slowed considerably.


Now one critter is done with only two to go.  



Today will be a day of transitional stripes.  I don't expect I'll see all those butterflies again for a couple of days.  Next go around, I'll be more generous in how much yarn I wrap in the butterfly.  I cut it close with the brown body and didn't need to add more yarn, but when I say close, I mean one more row and I'd have had two additional brown ends to weave into the work.  It was the same with the white.  Next time, bigger butterflies!


12 comments:

Miss 376 said...

It may be a pain, but the results are wonderful, love it

Gail said...

How adorable!!!

Mimi said...

It does look lovely Rudee, but I wouldn't have the patience for those strands at all, never did!
Love to see it when it's finished!

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

that is amazing! i have no earthly idea how you do that!

smiles, bee
xoxoxoxoxo

Jennifer Carson said...

Sooooo cute!

I'm not afraid of cables and I love lace... but I stink at color work (except horizontal stripes - they don't count). I mean, really stink. So, I've decided that there is plenty that can be done between lace, cables and stripes, that really, there's no need for me to embrace the butterflies. Ever.

Congrats to you for having the courage and stick-to-it-iveness to complete such a beautiful and challenging project!

Ruth said...

Cute.

sapphireblue said...

Oh my goodness! That's so cute!!

Stephanie V said...

I love the little porcupine prickly bits. Worth every darn twist of the bobbins!

The Bug said...

This is going to be so cute!

Brenda said...

Another very nice piece of artwork Rudee. I hope I can knit that well someday

Brenda said...

Another very nice piece of artwork Rudee. I hope I can knit that well someday

Flight Nurse HQ said...

Very nice porcupine blanket. Love the design.