Sorry for the lack of posts this week, but it has been a bit of a scorcher and the motivation to make things hasn’t been great.
In spite of the heat, I have been
compelled to try and do a bit of knitting each night. Although I love working
on the Leftover Blanket and have enjoyed the hat and socks I’ve made lately, I
need to have the next project be more challenging. I decided to work on a pair
of mittens. As I searched the colours in my stash, I picked out a nice yellow
and orange, but needed to do something else to take it up a notch. I decided to
throw in one more colour on the cuff.
As I began to live with the decision
to knit with three colours, I soon remembered that it is a major pain to knit
with three colours at once. I can easily manage two colours, since I do have
two hands, but throw in a third and the result is a tangled mess. With two
colours I manage to keep the yarn winding to a minimum and if a twist results,
I can just dangle the knitting in the air and it will unwind itself. With three
colours I can put one colour in one hand and keep that relatively tangle free,
but the other two colours must be picked up and dropped and by the end of the
row it is an unmanageable bird’s nest of yarn. My solution is to stop and
untangle the yarn after every half row. The result is that 3-colour knitting
takes me four times longer than regular knitting and the slow progress is not
The end result is still somewhat
satisfying, but only enough to have me limit using three colours to very small
portions of my project.