I love colorwork.
I had a question about colorwork. I have been knitting for a while and although I have done cables and complicated lace patterns I am afaid of colorwork. I decided to start small (with a baby sweater for a friends newborn), but I am worried about the stranding on the back of fair isle. Have you ever knit for wee ones and if so, do you worry about little tiny fingers getting caught in the strands?
When I am knitting for myself, I do not weave my colorwork. I have some pretty long floats on some of my colorwork!
But when knitting for a baby or small child, I weave like crazy — to make sure little fingers don’t get caught in the stranding and yank on it.
What has been the most challenging item you have knit to date and why, and what is the most challenging item you can think of to knit now, and why?
And, of the AS Arans, which do you recommend for someone making their first? (I have Aran Knitting, Fisherman’s Sweaters and The Celtic Collection.) I’m thinking I might make one for the Yarn Harlot’s Olympic Knitting Event (or at least try). Thanks for the help!
To the first question? I dunno. Probably the shetland lace wedding handkerchief I made back in the early 1990s.
Diet Coke can included for scale.
Cat included for scale.
Fingertip included for scale.
This was . . . um . . . my first lace knitting project, apart from lace panels in sweaters. That should tell you why it was challenging. That and the fact that it’s knitted with cobweb weight shetland wool on size 0000 needles. I punched holes in my fingers several times with those blasted needles.
The pattern came from the book Knitting Around the World published by Threads magazine.
As for my recommendation for a first aran from among those designed by Alice Starmore? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Na Craga. It’s relatively easy, but extremely nice-looking. The yarn it calls for, Scottish Heather, is no longer available, but Jamiesons Soft Shetland is the same yarn. I’ve also made Na Craga in Brown Sheep Naturespun worsted. Cascade 220 or any other smooth worsted would work beautifully.
As for the most challenging item you can think of to knit now . . . well, I think I answered that yesterday. Sharon Miller’s Princess Shawl.
Well, I’ve thought of a knitting challenge for you. You could *teach*. Something. To someone. In 16 days. After all, once a champion has conquered all, there’s always a coaching career to go to. Or is knitting more like ice skating, where champions settle into a career of soft-lob Ice Capade exhibitions?
As it happens, I am going to be teaching someone to knit, very soon. Probably starting next week. However, I’m not going to turn it into a challenge, because I don’t want to put pressure on the student.
The student is a member of my staff, an expectant daddy, who wants to knit something for his new baby. Say it with me: Awwwwwwwwwwwwww!
Lucy seems impressed.