Friday, December 3, 2010

WIP: Thorpe Hat

This week I started my first stranded color work project that involves more than simple stripes. I have been wanting to try for a while, inspired by all the glorious Estonian mittens and socks out there. As with lace, I decided to make my first color work project in a thicker yarn than the more advanced things out there knit up in sock or fingering weight. I chose Kristen Kapur's Thorpe Hat. Thorpe has been in my queue for ages (over two years, according to Ravelry!) and I thought it would be a perfect starter project. I am knitting it up in some Lion Thick and Quick that has been in my stash since my days as a knitter began.

The stranded nature of the project is making for very dense fabric. It is taking me forever since I have not yet mastered the art of changing colors swiftly. Each time I have to change colors I am dropping my yarn and picking up the other one. It definitely takes a while, but I am liking the results.

I loved this sculpture I came across at Civic Center while doing my Jury Duty this week: