Sunday, April 16, 2017

First Fair Isle Ever





Hi~

I am back showing off my new project just off the needles~ You can't imagine how much I am excited to share this. Recently I've been looking for a small project that I could learn something new. Color work is one of the techniques that I've been intimidated forever so I was browsing small color work project that I could invest fairly small time and effort if possible. I am very embarrassed but I have to confess that I am a person who gets bored easily with a big project and has lot of UFOs in my basket. So to overcome the problem I need to find something positively simple and easy to start with.

I found lots of tempting, perhaps little too advanced projects for my level. They looked real good and I truly wanted to take one but deep down in myself this serious voice was telling me, "You're not there yet." Umm.. yes, I know how much I can do and those are little too much for this color work virgin. So, after hours and hours of researching I ended up with this group called "free pattern testers" in Ravelry. One of the designers is looking for testers for a simple yet interesting color work hat. I was a bit nervous to apply but I thought joining this would challenge me gently to move out of my comfort zone. After all, it is not a humongous sweater I am investing. It is a small cute hat. How difficult would it be?

So I got the pattern and read it through. Seems like fun yet not too difficult. Watch some YouTube videos for carrying different colors of yarns, managing tensions, and etc. Seriously, YouTube has everything I need! By doing this I've learned at least 3 different useful skills that I could use for other projects. That's pretty awesome!





The finished piece? Aww.. it is simply to die for! I absolutely love the result. You know. I am all about colors and textures. I cannot believe I've waited this long to learn fair isle! It just matches my character. If you haven't done yet you must try. This is a totally different world. I guarantee you cannot stop knitting once you start. I made one more right away with different color scheme, and you know what? I am in love with color work! I am gonna grab colorful yarns and try something big soon. ;) Anyone bitten by color work buggies?

9 comments:

Arella said...

Well done! The pattern has quite long yarn floats to carry on and you managed beautifully.

Soyun Park said...

Arella,

Thanks so much~ :) I'm still learning and taking mistakes with tension but I'm getting better. It's too fun to stop. Hopefully I can be better after a few more color work projects!

Hattie Tavares said...

Colorwork is my absolute favorite to knit, it looks like you did well for your first try!

Anna Prasad said...

Oh these are gorgeous! Well done on your first colourwork project, I bet you have been bitten by the bug? I love colourwork and have made my fair share of pieces and I love it too.

Soyun Park said...

Hattie,

Thanks! Yes, I'm pretty happy with what I got so far. Do you have any recommendations for my next color work? I'd appreciate it if you give me you thought. :) I'm sure you have a long list.

Soyun Park said...

Thanks Anna,

Yes, I've been bitten pretty big. :) I'm looking for my next color work projects. So many things to learn so little time.. What are you up to recently?

Petra said...

A perfect step into the world of colorwork, well done!
You've asked for a bigger project, I think Wiolakofta (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wiolakofta) is propably a masterpiece. And I'm sure you'll manage that.

Soyun Park said...

Petra,

Thanks so much for your support! You've made my day.

Wow, Wiolakofta is so gorgeous. I guess it is way too advanced to me though. ;) I need to practice more with something less marvelous.. LOL~

However, I'm sure I will definitely try it. It's such a gorgeous sweater. I really like it.

Thanks so much for your suggestion. You're so sweet! Xoxo!

arianne said...

I've been intimidated by the idea of fair isle. You inspire me to try it.