Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Color Yarn Love

Knitters.  Have you started your Color Affection Yet?

(say it with me in a serious tone like the old Public Service Announcement on TV:
"It's 10 pm.  Parents.  Do you know where your children are?")

Serious tone.  Knitters.  This is one Shawl with a capital S.  It is a big, showstopper of a shawl that will eat your little one-skein shawlettes for breakfast.

I caught the Color-Affection-Affliction in June, when I needed some garter stitch goodness to get me through a 2 week vacation with the fam.  A driving trip from Illinois to Maine, 5 people, one dog.  Need I say more? 

Color Affection.  One huge swath of garter stitch divided into four sections so you don't get bored.  Solid section, striped section, striped-short-row section, and solid again.  There is much debate on Ravelry about the edge:  too tight?  Just tight enough?  Yarnover?  No yarnover?  etc etc.  This means nothing to you unless you have started your CA and dealt with the headache-inducing notes and made your critical decision.  So if you haven't, just skip down to the pictures. 

Here's what I did:  I changed all the m1s to KFBs.  Because it made it so much easier to knit than trying to remember the difference between a M1R and a M1L.  (5 people, packed minivan, dog).

On certain rows, I added a yarn over between the first and second stitch on the front side, and dropped it on the back side. 

First section:  no yarn overs.
Second section:  Yarn overs every-other right side row.  (so that's every 4th row)
Third section:  Yarn overs every right side row.
Last section:  no yarn overs.

I was trying to strike a balance with having the shawl be firm around the neck part--but giving more stretch to the edge on the main body.  It seemed to work out great and I am doing the same thing on my second CA.

Which brings me to my second CA!  In the second one, I wanted to try a more sublte color combination.  Three different shades of blue and purple:

Sophie's Toes Sock Yarn MCN (Merino, Cashmere, Nylon) in Chelsea, Summer Berries, and Campanula.

I'm so close to the end.....but the rows are looooong.....just trying to channel my "winter self" thinking about how nice 1000 yards of MCN will feel around my neck when it's 20 degrees out.  Another good thing about finishing up Color Affection #2.  I'm that much closer to starting on Color Affection #3.

Happy Knitting! 


* if you've finished a CA leave a linky in the comment so I can ooh and ahh over yours.

** if you haven't started a CA I'm having a shop update tonight with several kits in different colorways.  Check out my Ravelry group forum for details about that.


Blogger YogaNan knits, too... said...

Emily, mine is stalled. Even though I love garter, and love short rows, I got bored. Will put it out again after then next trip west. It's getting too bulky for air travel. But you are inspiring me!

10:20 AM  
Blogger Carole Knits said...

I'm in the planning stages of mine now, trying to decide on colors!

11:17 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

I have Color Affection #1 completed. I did YOs every other and it worked out well in that I wanted a straight edge. Of course I'll have to knit this again and like you, will choose a more subtle variation! Yours will be stunning! BTW, I'm kwiltykimknits2 on Ravelry if you'd like to see mine. :o) Happy Tuesday!

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Mamalion said...

Yes, yes, yes! I totally agree! I've knit the first one, and have the 2nd one wound and ready to go. But I might have gotten a wee bit distracted by the Bold and Blended Wrap.

I'm Mama lion on Rav, just close the gap.

9:02 PM  

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