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Stranded Colorwork

Being inspired by colorwork, as I am right now, I joined the Stranded Colorwork Challenge.  I really don't have a lot of time to knit as my whims would have me do.  I have too much holiday knitting to do. Still, I hope to manage to fit in a hat here and there through duration of the Knit Along.  Once January hits I'd really like to do a fair isle sweater.

I've seen some wonderful things being done with Knitpicks Telemark, (here, here, and here) So I was inspired to place an order of my own.  The photo doesn't do the colors justice.  It is simply too bright  and sunny out to get a good shot. 

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I've got a few books and magazines that have been inspiring me too.  Those Latvian Mittens are calling me.  Then there is that amazing sweater that Eunny designed for Interweave.  It just sets the mind a-spinning!  I wanna make it all!!!!

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I managed to knit ten hats in nine days, do you think this girl could finish the mate to this mitten?  Perhaps  I will in January.  Ah, January. . .

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One of the questions that the Stranded Colorwork Challenge poses is, "What was your first stranded project?".  As with much of my knitting, I simply don't know when I tried it for the first time.  When I was younger and knit, there was no knitting community.  The store where I worked summers in college had a wonderful yarn shop.  I would go in and pick out yarn and just knit.  No one told me any of it was hard, so I didn't think it would be.  I just did it.  For me all of my crafting has been about creating my ideas.  I've never been one to let process get in the way of carrying them out.

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Maybe after the holidays,you could do a mini tutorial for all of us who are totally intimidated by stranded colorwork.I say "us"because I don't think I am the only one.Just a suggestion...

Ah, I have a mitten without a mate and it has been a year or a little but more since I knit the first one. I must get on that one of these days. I really like the colorwork sweater in Handknit Holidays too... Perhaps when the holidays are over I'll start the lace/colorwork sweater from Dale that I bought yarn for on my last trip to MN...

You chose some beautiful colors.

I'm TOTALLY with your sockret pal. You make it look so easy. Do you have any good recommendations for an "easy" first colorwork pattern?

TEN HATS IN NINE DAYS---impressive!!! I love them all.

Stranded knitting seems so scary!!! Your sockret pal is not the only one who is intimidated. Your stuff is so pretty though, it makes me want to work up the guts to try it. :)

The yarns are beautifully co-ordinated. You may have inspired me to try some colour work in the new year. I say "may" because I don't want to commit - yet. We'll see. Mittens would be nice, a hat would be even nicer but, it doesn't get that cold down here. So, mittens it "may" be... x

...and speaking of challenges, I can't buy any yarn this month. It's my stashalong month so I'll be content obsessing over all of your purchases!

There is so much great colorwork out there lately - I'm having a challenge picking what to do for the KAL! Glad you joined!

I love those two colors together. Was that the KP telemark as well? I too, have been fascinated lately with stranded colorwork. I am working on the Kristina Bag from Black Sheep Bags and the Norwegian Socks from a Nancy Bush book (can't remember the title off hand for some reason.) I am dying to get my hands on a copy of the Latvian Mittens book. It has been on my wish list for ages. I may just have to go and treat myself! One more question (sorry for the long comment): is the KP telemark soft? Thanks in advance! :)

Hi Kirsten! You won a prize from my store from the Knit Unto Others KAL. Please send me your e-mail address and I'll send you the gift certificate.

Scratch that! Sorry! I found it :)

YOu do beautiful fair isle work!! I am trying to learn how.. but it is slow and go for me!! I hope the beautiful mitten gets a mate soon! A fair isle sweater would be beautiful!!

What a lovely mitten! And all of your hats are truly inspiring! As is that mountain of telemark--it comes in such great colors, doesn't it?

Hope you finish the second mitten. All mittens and socks like a mate. I have lonely ones in my knitting basket.

A fun fair isle project is Nicky Epstein's fair isle tote in the Vogue Knitting Holiday edition. I'm having so much fun knitting it. I just wish I could devote more time to it.

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