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21. January 2015 15:59
by Jobo
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Colorwork... Just one more Row!

21. January 2015 15:59 by Jobo | 2 Comments

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Yarn:

Knit Picks Chroma in Prism and Black (Worsted)

 

Pattern: 

Started with Drops Rainbow Mittens 143-32... and branched out from there

 

After a few cuff modifications... I am off to the races on these lovely little colorwork mittens for a friend. 

I had forgotten just how much I enjoy the process and technique with knitting stranded designs.  After much practice a few years ago, I learned how to do the Philospher's Wool technique of holding one yarn in each hand.  Basically this means you "pick" with one hand and "throw" with the other.  I like to hold the color I want to be dominant in my left hand (continental style) and the other color gets held in my right hand and worked like my usual style of knitting allows.  I have never been good at knitting continental style, and I don't think I could work a purl stitch that way to save my soul... but for colorwork it just makes sense to me.  Go figure. 

the plan is for these mittens to run the whole spectrum of color - starting with pale green, through yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue and back to green.  I still haven't decided what should be done with the thumb.  I'll figure that out when the time comes.

Originally I had considered making a lining to double the warmth... but the nice tight gauge means that the fabric is already really thick.  These puppies are going to be bulletproof even without any lining I think.  I might try some alternate lining method... maybe weaving some strands of Angora inside or something after the fact. 

More photos coming soon!

21. November 2011 09:12
by Jobo
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Fiddlehead Mittens? in Chroma

21. November 2011 09:12 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I made a pair of hand-dyed, hand-spun and hand-knit Fiddlehead mittens last year . It was an epic project, and every step was done by hand.  I love the results (which you can see here)  but when someone asked if I could make another pair, I didn’t really feel up to the challenge of doing it all the hard way again.  Don’t get me wrong - the first pair was a complete joy, it’s just that if I go through all of those steps to make another pair of mittens, I’ll likely want to be creating something more unique in the end.  I don’t tend to make the same thing more than once.

So, then the hunt began for some suitable yarn.  I could do as the pattern says, and just buy the 6 different colors and this would have been fine also, but I would have enough yarn to make like 4 more pairs (if the second pair is an unwelcome thought, believe me, the 3rd and 4th pairs would simply not get done) and there really isn’t any point in that. 

Then it occurred to me that I could get a color changing / color gradient yarn and use it for the contrast strand instead of all of the different solids!  I knew I wouldn’t really want to use something like Noro (both for the price, and the unpredictability of color sequencing) but there are a lot of different options out there now.  I can’t remember the name of the one I saw at Michael's but I believe it was mostly acrylic, so I didn’t bother looking any harder at it for this project.  I bet it would work lovely too (I think it was Impeccable, something like that).  The next yarn I saw that fit the bill was the new Knit Picks Chroma Worsted.  From the catalog, it looked like there were repeating colors in the ball, and there was also a white or chocolate brown option for the solid to match.  I figured this was a perfect chance to try it out, so I ordered a ball of the cream/natural and a contrasting ball with a variety of greens/blues/purples called “pool party”

Chroma Fiddleheads

So far things seem to be working out quite well.  I like the texture and softness of the yarn (though I don’t think it’s really all that rough and tumble it’s a barely together single really) and the way the gradient is running through the design.  The colors are different enough for the nice swirl pattern to still stand out.  I’ll be interested to see how the lighter green holds up in contrast to the white in the end. 

I’ve made it up past the thumb on the first mitten, and plan on finishing the pair for sure.  I am really enjoying doing colorwork on a pair of long circulars too no gaps in between DPNS, and no fussing with the beginning and ends of rows.  I still very much like working with DPNS, but circulars certainly have their advantages too! 

As the mitten progresses, I’ll post again!  I think these are going to look great in the end!

24. January 2011 11:01
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Knit Picks Chroma!

24. January 2011 11:01 by Jobo | 2 Comments

chromaI know I might sound like a broken record talking about Knit Picks Yarns... but I really do find that they have great yarn for reasonable prices!  Plus, when I order I know it will be a no hassle experience - i.e. the package won't get stuck at the border, there won't be extra duty charges, and when it gets here, I know it will be full of yarny goodness! Ok, enough about Knit Picks... now onto the YARN

It seems every yarn manufacturer these days is trying to come up with some new Noro-esque yarn.  I can totally see why!  I love Noro's long smooth color changes, and fantastic colorways.  The trick is - I don't particularly appreciate little twiggy things in my yarn (I generally have enough hay in my hair and on my clothes from the Ruttibutt that the other day a coworker even asked me if I'd been for a "Roll in the Hay" recently... lol)  or the scratchy and irregular nature of standard Noro.  I also don't appreciate the 10+ dollar price tag for yarn that will no doubt have a splice in the middle, and only has about 100 yards in it to begin with. 

So now that I've been seeing these Noro-substitutes around.... Michael's has one, and now Knit Picks too... I thought I'd just give in and try one of them.  

One thing for certain... this yarn is a crap-ton softer than Noro will ever dream of being!  So soft in fact that I wonder how these softly spun singles will hold up to wear.  I'd hazard a guess it will pill like nobody's business, but time will tell.

The colors are great however!  I bought a plain cream skein, and a rainbow of blue and green in "Pool Party" with the intention of making another pair of Fiddlehead Mittens.  I chose worsted this time, but I think I'd like to try the fingering weight for a scarf or something sometime.

chroma2I wonder how many times the colors change?  hmmm...

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