I am a sucker for colors when it comes to yarn. The more the merrier, whether tonal, striped, or hand-painted. It's so pretty, but it can be tough to figure out what to knit out of it. With so much visual interest already fulfilled by the colors, there's no point in slaving over a complicated lace stitch that you won't be able to see.
This yarn comes from Schmutzerella, one of my favorite indie dyers. It's from her movie club, inspired by the paint-balling scene in '10 Things I Hate About You'. She calls it 'Are You Up For It?' and it's on her Schmutzy base, so that's 490 yards for 100 grams in Superwash Merino. See how pretty?
|Photo credit: Schmutzerella|
I started this a few weeks ago, and so far I'm really pleased with it. The colors are great, and the stitch gives just enough texture to complement the color without getting lost in it. And it really is simple. I've been making sure I get my 10,000 steps a day in on my pedometer by walking back and forth in the living room as I knit this:
The only thing I will mention for anyone else trying this is that the row with the razor shell pattern ends on a YO. The way it's written that isn't quite clear, but you are just knitting the stitch pattern and repeating until you have knit the last stitch, and then YO, move over your stitch marker, and start knitting the next round.
Here's my progress so far (along with the project bag Mom managed to snag from Ravelry!):