This must be one of those “grass is always greener” things, because suddenly all the solid-colored stuff in my knitting queue is making me crave colorwork. I’m also strangely drawn to fair-isle-style vests these days. My fascination with them was heightened by learning stranded knitting and beginning to pay a little more attention to Fair Isle traditions. But then ever since reading about Amber’s steeked vest (even though it wasn’t meant to be a vest), I’ve been dying to try that. Maybe this spring. Anyway, one of the best ones I’ve seen — in terms of something I could actually imagine wearing as opposed to revering — is Kyoko Nakayoshi’s vest, Suzu. Which also reminded me of these great chevron-patterned accessories of hers I’ve been craving to knit: Silver Maple Comfy Socks and Beanie. I want those socks on my needles as much as I want them on my feet. Which is to say: a lot! (In black and natural, of course.)
SHOP NOTE: Pom Pom 8 is here! as are another few copies of 7 and 6 — which I’m told are the last of their kind!
This is the color work piece I’ve been loving: http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?navAction=jump&id=26610204&cm_mmc=CJ-_-Affiliates-_-rewardStyle-_-11292623&utm_medium=rewardStyle&utm_source=AFFILIATES&utm_content=rewardStyle
That’s pretty amazing.
I love color stranded mittens…here are a few on ravelry!
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#query=stranded colorwork%2C mittens
You can never go wrong with color-stranded mittens.
I’m kind of stuck on color work as well. I’m also stuck on the colors, because no matter what I look at, Brooklyn Tweed Long Johns and Snowbound are just perfect. I’ve made my hubs mittens in this, myself mittens in this, and now he’s requested a matching hat. I know they have other colors, but I seem a bit stuck. It’s really not an awful place to be stuck. :)
Those are GORGEOUS.
Gorgeous! It’s been years since I’ve tried color work, but all the pretty designs I’ve seen these last few weeks are making me change my mind!
Hi Karen — got my Pom Pom yesterday — love it! I’d love to have 7 & 6 if you still have them.
And love the colorwork — so pretty. Wish it didn’t still scare me a bit ^v^.
Hi! The 7s are all gone, but if you hurry you can still get 6, right here: http://www.fringesupplyco.com/product/pom-pom-quarterly
Whoops, my mistake! I had made a data-entry error, so at the moment there are 3 more 7s in the system. (Bad Karen!)
Gosh, do I love that vest. Reminds me of one I had in my early teens in the late 70’s. Just love Fair Isle.
Yes, super 70s.
Love that these vests are back in style
Looking at your latest like for”fair isle style” made me think of sweaterspotter’s “fairisle friday http://instagram.com/sweaterspotter. Have you seen her on Instagram? She has a great knitting pattern in the latest Pompom.
Yep, she’s one of my favorite Instagrammers (and an upcoming Our Tools profilee)! Love that smile-inducing sweater in the new Pom Pom.
After working on a sock pattern with beading, I’m ready for the simplicity of fair isles!
Beaded socks sound painful! I assume they’re strategically placed?
Yes, the beads are near the cuff and form the dopamine molecule. They’re my “socks on dope”, the closest version of a science-y Valentine’s Day sock I could come up with.
I have slowly been increasing my knitting skills. I can do some color work, but I’m not sure my skill is perfected enough to tackle that vest, but it would be fun to try.
I’m not sure I have the patience for that much colorwork!
Ohhh! I want to knit this! The shoulder shaping looks much nicer even than http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/barrington-vest which I recently purchased…