North Texas certainly felt the sting of winter when everything closed down for nearly five days due to ice and snow. I ended up only going into work one day last week, which meant six days of time to knit or think about knitting. Now, colorwork (fair isle and stranded knitting are other words I hear) is something that I’ve been wanting to do for years but I just felt so intimidated. Certainly only geniuses could knit with two or more colors at a time on alternating stitches. However, this past week I felt the over-encompassing need to get my hands working on some stranded knitting. And as the title of this post shows, I loved it!! Even though I’m very slow at it, it’s so fun getting to see a pattern come alive in a variety of colors.
I chose Laura Chau’s pattern “Beauchamp Cowl” as my guinea pig. It has a simple 4-stitch repeat that makes it a great beginner colorwork project yet it has a very beautiful motif. It really is a winner because I absolutely love cowls and this one will be ultra warm due to the stranding creating a double layer of yarn.
The yarn I’m using is Knit Picks Telemark. It’s 100% Peruvian Highland wool and sport weight. The yarn sort of reminds me of mercerized cotton just by looking at how it’s spun, very tightly and with a slight sheen. I like it for this project because I’m able to get very clear stitch definition and have not had to worry about splitting or snags.
Now that I’ve gushed about my new-found love, I’m off to quickly get this bad boy off the needles. I need it done, it’s going to snow again this week!