Thanks for the Bellybutton Cast On tutorial! It did allow me to start my Island Girl Leaves of Grass, which I’m using Loft for in the Fauna colorway. I’m on chart B now after a false start that left me with five petals instead of four. Don’t ask.
I have been using Knit Companion with this and other projects. You asked me to get back to you on how it is working. After taking the time to look at tutorials, I’m happy to say I’m sold!
One look at a chart and my eyes glaze over. Though I understand the legends and how to use one, my brain works better with written directions. I’ve tried various methods to keep track, from low tech approaches such as sticky notes moved row per row to higher tech methods such as Goodreader on my Ipad. Knit Companion has them all beat hands down, and finally I’m convinced that even an impatient dimwit like me can knit anything as long as I’m armed with a slew of stitchmarkers and a well set up project on my Ipad. There are plenty of video tutorials guiding you through setting up a project, which for complicated patterns, might take all of five minutes. Once set up, you can power through seamlessly from chart to chart, with a space at the bottom which can be hidden when you don’t need it, giving you notes on whatever chart you are working on.
I’ve spent some time setting up Rams and Yowes, by Kate Davies. I’m planning on doing this for my Owl project this term at HPHC. As the Owl is supposed to be something that “..reflects beauty, elegance, and most importantly, learning to persevere and that you are way more capable than you thought in some way.”, I thought Rams and Yowes would be perfect.
Though I’ve done colorwork before, it has left something to be desired. I knit two handed when doing it, and the tension of the yarn in my left hand isn’t always that even, and even after blocking, I’m not always pleased with the results. Along with that challenge, this blanket is knit in the round, and steeked – more new territory!
I found what appears to be the only US supplier of Jamieson & Smith Natural Shetland in Maryland – Yarns International. I contacted them on Thursday, and my yarn arrived on Saturday! The pattern calls for all 9 colors of Shetland Supreme. The designer says that it is probably the most perfect yarn for colorwork as the shetland blooms nicely while blocking to help with any irregularities in tension that can pop up with colorwork. The yarn is scrumptious looking, and completely dye free. All colors are made by hand sorting of fleece according to color in the wool store. How cool is that? I’ll be swatching today and getting my proposal together. I can’t wait to get going on this!
Fortunately for me, Knitting With Two Colors arrived just in time! It’s put out by Meg Swansen and Amy Detjen at Schoolhouse Press. It even came signed by both authors! It includes helpful tips such as steeking, dealing with tension issues in colorwork, and even walks you through how to design your own colorwork sweater using Elizabeth Zimmerman’s percentage system. You can be sure it will be within reach while working on Rams and Yowes!
All of this has been keeping me busy this weekend, and I’m looking forward to hearing all about Vogue Knitting Live! How was it?