Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Yarn Along: Stripes

{Yarning Along with Ginny}

My knitting is a little slow this week. I've mostly been spinning with my crafting time, eager to keep up with Tour de Fleece and also to finish up spinning the singles for this particular fiber so that I can practice my plying and then move on to my Nerd Girl Yarns fiber.

I did make a little bit of progress on Ellie's cardigan for fall, and made some final decisions about the stripes after experimenting with different striping patterns in excel. I'm always nervous about picking colors to go with each other for colorwork, so while it may not be a very big deal for some, I'm proud of myself for knitting outside of my usual color comfort zone. I tend to knit monochromatically if I'm going to knit with color, or to pair a single color with either black or white.

Am I the only one with colorwork issues? I'm totally good when awesome colors are all paired for me, I'm a little nervous about making those pairings myself.

I acquired some beads for the Knitmore Girls' "summer of lace and beads" KAL. The yarn and pattern are ready and now that I have the beads I just have to cast on. I haven't knit with beads before, but have been assured it's simple. There are only 36 beads to include in Kernel, so it will be a good intro for me. One more item crossed off on my list of fiber-y things to learn!

I just started reading Ready Player One. I can't read while I spin yet, so reading time has been minimized for the length of the tour!


  1. I haven't been knitting as much either, but definitely spinning for the Tour. I was listening to Jasmine and Gigi this morning and was getting tempted to knit with some beads. I have so many projects going right now I don't know if I can add another one though. And I have the same issue with color - I like when my choices are made for me!

  2. Oh Erin, please let me know how it goes knitting with beads. Bead knitting is on my list to learn, I just need to find the right project.

  3. I am finishing up some crochet projects right now... I would love to learn to crochet with beads. I am too new at knitting to give it a go there, I think! Learning to spin is on my "to-do" list! :) Love the green yarn.

  4. The cardigan is going to be lovely!

  5. love the pattern you chose for the beaded project, I am so behind on my podcasts! A KAL??? Need to keep listening.

  6. This is lovely, love the colors as well !

  7. I must try this beaded knitting thing. I don't know why I always put it off but I guess it just seems intimidating.

    Also, thanks for the book suggestion, this looks right up my alley. In return I'm loving Genius by Steven T. Seagle.

  8. Kernel is in my favorites and I'd forgotten about it, so thanks for the reminder. I knit a chunky weight hat with beads and it was relatively simple. I'm sure you'll do well!

    I also have a hard time picking colors. I ask friends to help me because I'd forever just be combining Crayola 8 pack colors in rainbow stripes otherwise.


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