Saturday, March 21, 2015

Procrastinator ! ! !

Procrastination, I'm good at it.

I've been putting off posting a pic of my Fair Isle Practice piece.

Don't get me wrong.  I enjoyed this bit of learning
and have adopted this method of taking care of the 'floats' on the back of my work
while carrying one yarn across a number of stitches.

But just didn't want to post a photo to the blog
that I'm not in love with.

The class is on CreativeBug
and is taught by Brandon Mably.
His classes can be found by clicking on the link toward the bottom of the CreeativeBug home page under "Instructors".

Since I used fingering weight yarn and small needles instead of the 
worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles in the tutorial
the pattern on the front side does not impress me.
Much too large a pattern for such a small area.
The suggested use of making 'magic balls' of yarn from leftover scraps
was not to my usual way of choosing colors. 
The contrast in the beginning rows isn't to my liking.
After seeing that
I just went to my leftovers to pick and use
colors with enough contrast 
to tell the background from the flowers.
At any rate, here it is .

Enough Procrastination ! ! !

As you can see contrast is non-existent in several rows in the beginning [bottom of pic].

The gaping hole in the center flower 
[first row of flowers]
I didn't see it until two or three rows later.
- the instructor of this class, said not to worry,
no ripping back,
just continue and learn from it.

Now the back is a whole 'nother matter.
The beginning rows aren't so great
but just look at those rows in the second half of this swatch.
Very neat, indeed ! ! !

No Looking For A Darning Needle
No Weaving in All Those Pesky Ends

All of that is taken care of by 
knitting in the end of the old yarn
 and the beginning of the new yarn
as the rows are worked.
Just maybe a snip or two along the way.

I'm impressed on how easily Brandon was able to show me how to do this technique.
I had tried this particular way of carrying the floats
but it just didn't take.
Now I can use this in just about any piece I knit.

This orange-cuff sock is just another version of my previous Broken Seed Stitch sox.
Just replacing the cuff color from the white does change the entire look.
I think I love it ! ! ! ! 

Our temp this afternoon
is a balmy 71 degrees F 

I think we can live with that.

We're sitting here in the dining room
keeping eye on the birdies feeding
from our deck feeders.
Oh, I don't want to not mention 
that dang pesky squirrel
who thinks all the 
premium black sunflower seeds
were set out just for him.

The grass is definitely turning green
and soon Spring Blossoms will abound.

hugs 'n smiles,


  1. I like your color choices better on your flowers swatch. I think the hole is just a dropped stitch so you could fix it if you want to mess with it. The new BSS socks are looking very nice. I bet you will like these.

    1. That practice swatch is behind me now.
      It has served it's purpose well. I'm using the technique in the BBS sox on the needles now!
      Combining this 'orange' with the pink variegated is crazy and just might be one of my faves
      hugs 'n smiles

  2. Well done Gerry, you will definitely find colourwork addictive!...Have lots of fun making patterns x
    Susan x
    P.S Enjoy the lovely sunshine too!:-)

    1. I Abe since picked up pen and watercolor.
      MORE color in my life.
      Hugs 'n smiles

  3. I really appreciate your professional approach. These are pieces of very useful information that will be of great use for me in future.


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