Monday, September 25, 2006

Through the eyes of a knitter.

When looking at potential knitting patterns, I really have to ask myself...
Would I really wear this in public?

I find myself drawn to colourwork lately and really don't know if it is fashionable.
Are these projects fun to knit....YES...will people point and laugh if you wear them out...Probably!
I don't know really. I have had to ask a couple people if certain projects are those that only a knitter could love.

So, that brings me to my latest obsession. The Canada sock by Nancy Bush.



Will you just look at that cuff. Seriously. Gorgeous.
It is the most unique cuff I have knit, and I love it. I love it for these socks...and I will love it on a cute little hat or mittens.

How did I do that? Hmmmmmm.....

I've already turned the heel...poor Kilt Hose. Don't worry, I will turn your heel tonight.

By the way, I am using my latest love, elann Devon. I must tell you that Grumperina (although maybe she will be telling you) got some and really didn't fancy it. The ball is really soft, but when knit up she felt it was too scratchy for her. The stink...oh the stink when it arrives. I don't get it...but it does go away.
I still think the yarn is soft...even when knit up. It's not cashmerino soft...but I think it is soft. It is great for colourwork...hat/mittens/socks...and it is soft enough for a sweater that is next to the skin...well, for me. But it's no baby cashmerino or regia silk.

8 comments:

grumperina said...

I know what you mean about colorwork being so pretty, but not totally wearable. I contacted elann about the Devon, and they suggested I air it out for 5 days. I did. It still smells, especially on the inside of the ball. They are very nice and offered to refund my postage costs - yay! With respect to softness, you said it best - it's not Regia Silk or Baby Cashmerino. That pretty much sums it up for me :).

Emma said...

Ah, so pretty. I haven't done much fancy colorwork, but what little I have done, I enjoyed immensely. Hmm, and I have that book. You may have led me to my next project!

Anonymous said...

That is so very pretty. Makes me want to drop my current projects and start those socks! Your stitches are perfect, can't wait to see these finished.

Stephanie said...

I think a lot of colorwork is wearable right now. Especially if you consider the style - more fitted, less boxy styles of yesteryear are giving way to fitted, stylish fair isle. Have you looked at the latest Vogue Knitting - there's a fair isle sweater in there i love (although I do not understand why you would knit a fair isle sweater flat and in pieces). And colorwork for socks and hats and mittens is a lot of fun. It's a nice little treat for yourself.

Marianne said...

I really like knitting colorwork. But I limit it to socks and hatbands because it is VERY hard to make it work on something as large as a sweater.

And all the patterns for snowmen sweaters? They just aren't helping!

kmkat said...

In Minnesota, colorwork has never gone out of style -- it's the Scandinavian heritage. The warmth of that extra layer of yarn doesn't hurt, either ;-)

Donna said...

That is gorgeous! If you won't wear them, I will...I'll send you my address ; ) You are making me want to do some colorwork too. I'm trying to stick with one project at a time and it is killing me!

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