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Posted - 03/14/2012 :  6:15:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit Clara's Homepage Send Clara a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If colorwork is back, then I can't suggest a finer little book for you. It's from Meg Swansen and Amy Detjen, with the spirit of Joyce Williams in every page. Here's this week's review of Knitting with Two Colors.

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Posted - 03/15/2012 :  03:31:33 AM  Show Profile Send anderknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I don't know, of all the knitting techniques out there, color knitting is my least favorite. The multiple ends, the twisted yarn balls, avoiding holes, tension issues - I know it can all be overcome, but at that point, it seems more like work than relaxation.

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.' "
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Posted - 03/15/2012 :  04:44:25 AM  Show Profile Send jtamsn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Colorwork is another of those techniques that I have done little of, but one I want to do more with. Another technique that KR may just inspire me to adopt in my "knitting arsenal".
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New Pal

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Posted - 03/15/2012 :  05:02:16 AM  Show Profile Send terryknits2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I love doing stranded colorwork where 2 or 3 yarns are carried and worked across the row as in slip stitch/mosaic and "Fair Isle". I have a lot less patience for Intarsia, mainly due to the mess all the different hanging strands make as I'm trying to work. I'll still do Intarasia, but only if it's fairly simple. But it's still one of my knitting life goals to make one of those incredibly beautiful Kaffe Fasset Intarsia designs someday.
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Warming Up

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Posted - 03/15/2012 :  05:44:02 AM  Show Profile Send llmcguire a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I find colorwork to be intrigueing. I've completed a few projects, mittens, and love the feel of working with two different colors at the same time. I feel like my hands are 'dancing' or 'conducting' or something like that. I'm trying intarsia,one of my goals for this year, but am having limited success. After reading Clara's review of "Knitting with Two Colors", I immediately put the book on my wish list. Looking forward to learning how to do those little extras that make a finished project, a finished project.
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Posted - 03/15/2012 :  06:25:08 AM  Show Profile  Visit Kade1301's Homepage Send Kade1301 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I had hesitated for a long time to try stranded knitting, but I found it's dead easy - with a little gadget (bent it from a piece of copper wire lying around) to separate the strands on my left index finger (I'm a continental knitter).

Happy knitting, Klara
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Posted - 03/15/2012 :  08:06:39 AM  Show Profile  Visit purlewe's Homepage Send purlewe a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This is my all time favorite way to knit. Colorwork anything is always my favorite. Thanks for such a glowing review, Clara! I can't wait to get my copy.

Life is not a having and a getting, but a being and a becoming. ~Myrna Loy
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Posted - 03/15/2012 :  09:00:59 AM  Show Profile  Visit BlueStocking's Homepage Send BlueStocking a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I love colorwork! I am all over the book like a cheap suit :-D. Just purchased it, and can't wait to receive it. Thanks for the review!


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Gabber Extraordinaire

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Posted - 03/17/2012 :  10:51:21 AM  Show Profile Send Schaeferyarnlover a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I love the look of colorwork, but due to health issues (one of the joys of fibromyalgia) had trouble following the patterns. I tried chartholders, Post-its, markers, etc. all to no avail.
Anybody remember the old Apple commercial tag-line, "There's an app for that"? There is. I bought it (it's $5.99) and it is totally worth it.
You enter the pattern into your itouch , and it reads it to you! I entered a couple of rows,just to try it out and it works great.
By the way, I have no affiliation with Leslye Solomon, the software designer.

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Posted - 03/18/2012 :  10:51:27 AM  Show Profile Send hillstreetmama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My forays into colorwork have met with limited success. Remember the Fake-Isle hat - with a solid color and Noro? That was my only real success. The stranding can really limit the stretchiness, which is what happened when I just made this which I will not be making again.

I'd love to own a Kaffe Fassett intarsia sweater, but have absolutely no desire to ever knit one. I was at a lecture that he gave, and I asked about all the woven-in ends on the sweater he was showing. He said it wasn't a problem, because he wasn't the one who did it. I asked if he would show the inside of the sweater...he said NO, and went on to the next topic.
After the lecture, his stuff was on display on some tables in the foyer, and he was chatting with people. I quietly went over and looked on the inside of the was lovely. Maybe, if someone ever offers me a wage for my time, I'll try intarsia, but until then....

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Posted - 03/18/2012 :  9:43:53 PM  Show Profile Send eldergirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh goodness, I love colorwork! I have the Kaffe Fassett "Tapestry" cardigan as a UFO (and have had for many years! :-) The one thing he does in the design to make it a little easier is too carry the black outline yarn across the back at all times.

Then, I have the Scottish Fair Isle yoke cardigan I designed for my mom when she was 80. I had a course in colorwork from Alice Starmore at the Tomato Factory Yarn Co. in New Jersey, and she gave such good help that I designed my own yoke patterns and also put the fair isle on the sleeve ends, and just above the lower ribbing.
I called the design "Texas Wildflowers", and am inordinately proud of it!
I wish had a camera that works, and knew how to take a picture and put it online......but I don't .

Anyway, the minute I read about this new book by Meg and Amy, I put in my order. Those two know so much about two color knitting!

Please give it a try if you are moved to do so! It is very rewarding. Oh, by the way, I am not so keen on intarsia, but still do it!


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Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 03/21/2012 :  04:18:16 AM  Show Profile Send emmyc a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I too will admit to a fear of color work, but I put in my order for the book as I read Clara's review.

I have the book and am waiting for a quiet moment to read it and decide what my first 2 color project will be.

Jan, I also have no desire to knit a Kaffe Fasset intarsia sweater!

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