I learned how to knit with two hands back in the fall, apparently that’s the most important thing to do if you’re going to attempt color work. One strand per hand, two in your right if you’re bold and you’re trying to knit with more than two colors. The mittens I made came out pretty good, a little small though. Like… the adult size mittens would fit an eight year old if I’m lucky. I swear I checked my gauge, but I also think I was influenced by my teacher to go for the smaller needles so that the fabric would be tight. I think they would have fit better if I used a US 4 or 5 instead of my 2, but I’m just happy that I was able to make the mittens.
The pattern (known as fiddlehead on ravelry if you’re interested) was forgiving to my fumbling left hand and didn’t require much in the world of floats. Actually I don’t think I used any floats, pretty sure I had to look up how to create floats when I started this project.
The color work project I’m working on, however, is not the forgiving simple pattern that my mittens were. Not to mention, the pattern was crazy expensive because of it’s fancy charts. The pattern, known as the Embrace Octopus Sweater, has been haunting my dreams since the end of May. Some days I don’t even knit the sweater, I just spend time staring at the charts and breathing deeply. All things are knit one stitch at a time, so why couldn’t I get past the intricate color work that was required for this octopus? There were days I tried to start other projects but couldn’t bring myself to because I felt like I was cheating on the sweater. Cheating. On a sweater. Ridiculous. But that’s how I felt, I felt like if I wasn’t working on the sweater, knitting row after row like a machine, then I shouldn’t be knitting. I think I’ve gone a week this month without knitting just so I wouldn’t have to look at the octopus chart or feel like I was cheating. Cheating. On a sweater. I think I’m going crazy.
But today, it finally happened. I finished the body of the sweater and finally put away the first two charts. The main two charts, the two charts that make up the bulk of the sweater. Sure, I knit for about seven hours today in order to do it, but it’s done. I can finally work on the quick parts and move on. It will feel good to have another project to work on when this is all over (and I’ll post pictures when it’s all over), just don’t tell my sweater that I’ve been plotting my next project. I don’t want it to get jealous and work against me for the remainder of our time together.
Off to get back to my summer of knitting! What’s the most intense project that you’ve done so far? Do you like to challenge yourself or are you a knitter who prefers a mindless knit? Post your answers in the comments :]