FO Friday: Colorwork for the Whole Family

I’ve been busy with life and mental health and family and just not wanting to write, but lately I’ve been missing you, so I thought I would fill you in on a few recent FOs (I hope you have missed my run on sentences).

I’ve been feeling colorwork lately, and everyone in my house has benefited. None of the objects in the photos were blocked before I took the pictures.

Fair Isle Advent MKAL for Audrey. I had so much fun knitting a little bit of colorwork every day in December leading up to Christmas. This was going to be for me, but Audrey asked for it and I have about 500 cowls, so I gave it to her.

Holiday Doodle Cowl for me. What can I say? I love knitting colorwork, wearing cowls, and doing KALs with Marilee and Alissa. Why yes, that is another colorwork cowl in the background of this picture.

Train Cowl for Elliot. Last week Elliot came to me crying because he wanted a cowl like Audrey. So I made him one with trains on it. There are no train cowl patterns that I could find, so I adapted a stocking pattern. It is big on him, but he doesn’t care. He picked the colors and decided on the motifs. He wanted blue and white stripes and black ribbing on the bottom. If you are wondering what is up with the yellow train in the drawing behind him, it is a Lego train, so those are studs on top of the bricks.

Ingress Hat for John. John plays a game called Ingress obsessively. I found a pattern for a hat. I didn’t have black fingering weight in my stash, so I texted a friend who likes to knit colorwork too. She had some and dropped it off the next morning (what service! I owe her some wine). This had was simultaneously fun to knit and annoying to knit. It was my first time working a Latvian braid, and I really liked seeing it come together. I am glad I made the hat, but I hope I never have to make another one. I don’t like black yarn or really long floats. John has yet to wear it, as it is blocking. Elliot was kind enough to model it for me, but only if he could make a face.

Bramble didn’t ask for a cowl or a hat, so I made her a sweater.

Have you been stuck on a knitting technique lately?

20 thoughts on “FO Friday: Colorwork for the Whole Family

  1. ARGHHH – I had a lot to say about this post, and it vanished without a trace! Now, can I remember?!?

    I was surprised by how long Audrey’s cowl is, and now nicely it scrunches up in place.

    I’ve figured out I don’t like long floats either, and tie them in quickly and easily as I go, knitting with yarn in both hands.

    How long did you take for all these? Were you knitting more than one at the same time, or knitting them consecutively? Some other project while you worked on the Advent cowl a bit at a time?

    I’m an expert in run-on sentences, and like how you convey a lot of related information in them, even if they could be split into several sentences, instead!

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    1. You are a run-on sentence expert, which I really appreciate! I worked these all individually. The advent cowl took a lot of time. For most of December the only knitting I got in was my daily clue and a stripe on my Advent socks. I thought about cutting the MKAL short, because I thought the cowl was getting too long. I’m glad I stuck with it because it smooshes down so well. The Holiday Doodle cowl I worked on a bit in November and the rest after Christmas. Elliot’s cowl took about five days and John’s hat took two. I am getting faster with colorwork, which makes me want to keep at it.

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