My Color Affection shawl has pushed all other projects to the sidelines.
But isn’t that always the way after you cast on a new project?
It was easy to feel like I was making fast progress since you start by casting on a small number of stitches and increasing. Anytime I can see a project growing (or shrinking) it makes me feel like I’m getting somewhere.
Then there was the extra motivation of wanting to reach the first set of stripes.
The Grass Green skein is considered a semi-solid color. I think you can see the subtle shading in the fabric in both these pictures. It really adds visual interest to the project.
I’m pleased with how the variegated yarn is working up so far. I admit I was concerned that the green sections of color #139 would blend in with the Grass Green yarn and create strange blotchy spots.
As you can see, that is not the case.
The color changes in #139 are short and rapid, as opposed to the color changes in a Noro yarn, which are very long.
Usually when you knit with a hand dyed or hand painted yarn the recommendation is to blend the colors by alternating two different balls. To accomplish that you would knit two rows with one ball then the next two rows with the second ball. The rows are short enough that you can carry the yarn not in use up the side without having to cut it.
Alternating rows helps smooth out the color changes and minimize any pooling that might take place. However, some people like the patterns that develop from using a single ball at a time so you should play around with a new yarn and see which method you prefer.
Since I’m already striping #139 with the Grass Green it isn’t necessary for me to worry about alternating yarns in my Color Affection shawl.
I’ve only just started the first stripe section. I can’t wait to reach the next section, which includes the short rows and using all three colors.
Did you make a lot of progress on your weekend projects?