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Friday, November 18, 2011

FO Friday -- Peerie Posies Edition

Yay, Friday!  Yay, awesome finished hat!  I'm too excited to do anything but this:

(with apologies for the wonky photos, we were running short on time...)

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and this:

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and this, for no reason other than I love my goofy old gimpy dog.

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(There's a reason we call her the "Spitting Cobra".)

This hat is one of my favoritest knitting projects ever.  It was a little intimidating with all the colors (7) and the number you had to knit with at once (2) and the ends that needed to be woven in when all was said and done (eleventy billion), but really it wasn't hard.  And it was SO worth it in the end. 

Several people have commented that colorwork seems too scary, and I totally would've agreed with you all a few weeks ago.  Now I'm here to tell you to get over your fears and give it a shot.  These videos by the folks at Philosopher's Wool are incredibly helpful in getting started and Kate's pattern is kind of genius, so you pretty much can't lose.

Here are my bits of advice for anyone who wants to take the plunge:

If you're the type who snips yarn at a color change and then weaves ends in rather than carrying them along, stop and do it along the way.  I wove ends at the end of every chart and it worked great.  Otherwise, I think I might've been swallowed up by the sheer volume of them.

Go read Kate's explanation of the crown decreases on her blog.  It makes loads of sense out of something that looked utterly nonsensical to me.

Finally, don't tug too hard on that Rowan Fine Tweed when you're trying to keep from getting ladders between dpns.  I broke the yarn 3 separate times resulting in lots of tinking back to get a tail long enough to weave in and one or two swear words, and I wasn't even pulling that hard.

That's it.  I'm working on the mittens this weekend, and Sock and some Christmas stuff, keeping busy while Mr. Right is traveling for a long weekend.  Now if you'll excuse me, I have some embarrassingly girly TV to watch and a load of uninterrupted knitting to attend to.

Hope y'all have a fabulous weekend!  You could kick it off by visiting FO Friday and Fiber Arts Friday for lots more yarny success stories.

25 comments:

  1. It looks gorgeous - you did a fantastic job! Thanks for the encouragement to give colourwork a go too ;)

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  2. I'm jealous, that hat is amazing! And I'm very much part of that group that is intimidated by all the colorwork but you do make it seem not so bad and the finished product is by far worth it!

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  3. Oh my. That is one gorgeous hat! Darn, now I really really want one ; )

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  4. wow....i love it! the colors are great. I also the way it looks looking down on it from the top. :)

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  5. That hat is absolutely stunning. Amazing job, and now I of course must go add it to my queue as well.

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  6. Amazing job! It's up high on my list of things to knit.

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  7. Wow, that is the most awesome hat I've ever had the pleasure to lay my eyes on. Fantastic!!

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  8. I think my jaw literally dropped at the sight of that hat---beautiful work, oh my gosh. The colours are amazing (I love those sunset-ish reds and yellows that appear on the crown and again at the ribbing on the bottom), and the delicateness of the pattern is so perfect and lovely. I'm not usually a floral-pattern type person, but I'm in love with these particular flowers!

    Also, that photo of you and your dog? Is making me grin ear to ear. :D

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  9. Your hat looks fabulous. Great job on your first colorwork.

    I love that photo with you and your dog. You both look very happy.

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  10. The hat is beautiful! Wear it proudly.

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  11. That hat really is awesome - great color combo. And the ends weaving might have done me in, too. Definitely not my favorite part of knitting/crocheting. :)

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  12. It does look really hard. Beautifully done!

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  13. Thank you for the links. I adore colorwork but am intimidated. Your hat is beautiful!

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  14. The hat is awesome! Congratulations on completing such a beautiful and complex project.

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  15. so pretty! congrats on finishing and conquering colorwork!

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  16. I love colorwork knitting, and your hat is gorgeous!

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  17. That is one beautiful hat!!
    Wonderful work!

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  18. That's really well done, very intricate :-)

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  19. Your hat is beautiful! The green tweedy yarn in the middle of my handspun photo is a Merino/Silk Noil blend...it was one of the first things I spun with my drop spindle. Thank you for your compliment.

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  20. Your finished hat is sooo beautiful and your blog post will definitely inspire me to do more fair isle knitting!

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  21. Your hat is gorgeous. I'm just finishing off the mittens in the same pattern - it's so pretty isn't it.

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