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22 December 2006 @ 09:23 am
yaiAnn knits, now in color!  
It's about time I tell ya. I bought those Bea Ellis kits over a year ago, joined the Stranded KAL last year when it was known as the Norweigian Knits along and didn't knit a single thing. I most likely had a mental block on it all, but low and behold. Folks, yaiAnn now knits in color!

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I'm not sure what was holding me back. It could have been my fear that my English knitting wouldn't ever come back to me forcing me to be a one-handed colorworker. It could have been my fear in having the project looking completely ugly and amateurish. Or it could have been the fear that once I start doing colorwork, I'd be addicted to it and never go back to socks (yeah, right -- about the sock part). But the addicted part, no, don't think so. This here is just a case of startitis (do you really believe that one too?). Okay, well maybe I do have startitis, but that we can blame on Knitting Nature.

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Pattern: Candy Cane hat, Handknit Holidays
Yarn: Louisa Harding Grace, 1 skein - color 7, 1 skein - color 9
Needles: Addi Turbo 16" US 7
Started: December 13, 2006
Finished: December 14, 2006
Recipient: m.Dub

Notes:
I have this pattern to thank for giving me the push into colorwork. A very simple stranded pattern that my right hand used to knitting again. Thank you! The yarn, so soft, and the colors, so pretty. These might be my two favorite colors of this yarn. Bad news is that if you handle it too much, it starts to fuzz up a little and show a halo. BUT it doesn't loose it's sheen. And of course I must show you its guts, which I actually like better than the right side of the hat.

Next to be shown off, B's Bea Ellis hat and and currently on the needles, Eunny's Endpaper Mitts. But yes, the Knitting Nature Holidays will continue. But I first must chip away at that darned list. Enjoy your weekend everyone!
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(Anonymous) on December 22nd, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
Love the stripey hat! Hopefully the yarn holds well enough for a season's wearing :).

Grumperina
(Anonymous) on December 22nd, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
it looks great.
i love the colors you choose. i have a friend who made one in red and white for her son - interesting how different they look with just a couple color swaps.
(Anonymous) on December 22nd, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC)
those are definitely my two favorite colors in that yarn (chocolate and dark teal...don't give me numbers here), though she has an amazing color palette.
so did your friend just love it?!

yahaira
www.bitterpurl.com
(Anonymous) on December 23rd, 2006 12:27 am (UTC)
Beautiful stripey hat! I made that pattern in a baby size, and I can see it's cute in any size! Colorwork can be addicting. So many possibilities. I have my eye on the Endpaper Mitts pattern too. Funny, I was trolling in my stash for yarns for that pattern and picked out a deep bright blue and rust brown, much like your hat! sknitty (jillian)
(Anonymous) on December 23rd, 2006 12:35 am (UTC)
I love the hat! I can't wait to see your endpaper mitts!

You, give up socks? Nah! I don't think it could ever happen!

Leah

http://www.betweenstupidandclever.com
(Anonymous) on December 23rd, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
I've been hesitant to do any color work, too, for the same reasons you mentioned. But the more lovely work I see on the internets, the more I'm beginning to screw up my courage to give it a try. Your hat looks fabulous, especially the guts, and I'm excited to see how the other projects work out for you!

Karma
goodkarmago.blogspot.com
schrodinger212 on December 23rd, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! Congrats on your foray into colour knitting.
(Anonymous) on December 24th, 2006 06:56 am (UTC)
Pretty..pretty..
Your color choices for the Endpaper Mitts is gorgeous. Can't wait to see when you're done. Hope you have a fantastic holiday. Merry Christmas!!
~van
(Anonymous) on December 25th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
Just look at all that color-worked goodness! Beautiful. It's addicting. But now you can combine your addictions and make some fancy-pants fairisle socks ;-)
Steph
www.craftoholic.blogspot.com
(Anonymous) on December 27th, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous. I love how the hat turned out and seeing those mittens really makes me want a pair.

Steph
unwindknitting.net
(Anonymous) on December 31st, 2006 07:25 pm (UTC)
So pretty! I love the color combos you selected!
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