Daily Archives: January 8, 2006

Color By color By Color…….


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So this is my big resurrected project, the Color By Color scarf by Kathryn Alexendar in the “Scarf Style” book. I started in with a knit-along last winter and after getting through the first 10 sections, got tired of it and put it away. Now first of all, I have to say I absolutely LOVE this scarf. The color and design are amazing and I can’t wait until the day comes when I can actually wear it. However, I have to say this is by far the most complicated item I have ever knit and it gives me a headache half the time I’m working on it.

So what’s the problem? When I first started this I thought it would be easy. Knit up a bunch of squares and rectangles, throw on a few i-cords and some fair isle and you’re set. HA! I am naive. Because…
1. We are dealing with 48 colors, all in little 8 yard strands of Paternayan embroidery yarn, which has to be separated from 3-ply to 1 or 2-ply. Keeping track of all that is a headache right there.
2. The blocks never seem to match up. The guage is never quite right and you have to do a lot of fudging to make it all fit together.
3. I-cords everywhere. Section 12 has 30 of them alone!!!!! All on size two needles, 2 or 3 colors each. I get a tension headace just thinking about it.

So here I am, back to the scarf. I really love this thing, despite the complications, and in the last two weeks of winter break I finished the fair isle section and section 12. Can I keep up? That is the question!!!

As far as the multiple posts today below….I figured out how to post using Flickr, but I can only post one picture per blog entry (unless I can find another way) so all I can think to do is multiple posts of pictures for now. I’ll keep searching (or hope for a free upgrade to OSX and then this problem is eliminated!)

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Color By Color Section 12


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See all those ends? Those are for the 30 i-cords on size two needles. I am seriously considering crochet for that part. What do you think?

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Fair Isle Section 11, Front Side


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It got a little squished up, but I think after blocking it should be okay.

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Color By Color Sections 1-11


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Diaper Cover Experiment


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So this is the diaper cover I was mentioning the other day. I still haven’t sewn in all the ends as I’m debating whether or not to just save it as in or rip it out and re-do it with more room in the butt. I also haven’t decided on how to close it up yet. I’m thinking snaps, but I still need to find the right kind.

For those of you wondering, “diaper cover?” I do cloth diapering with Little Man, and absolutely love it. Cloth diapering is much easier these days than it was with our moms, and wool diaper covers (or soakers) are one of my later discoveries. I rarely have a problem with leaks, and they don’t get smelly, plus you have to admit, they are much cooler than a pair of boring and expensive disposables!

I frequently use the http://www.littleturtleknits.com diaper cover patterns (sorry, I’m still figuring out how to make a link) but thought it would be fun to try my own.

The yarn is from http://www.handpaintedyarn.com nd is very soft. It’s just their regular handpainted wool.

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