Et voilà: Wintersong, my first colorwork project! I'm pretty proud of this little thing!
I'd wanted to try my hand at colorwork for a while, so I thank Andrea, MJ, and Mary-Heather and their fabulous KAL, Stranded: The Colorwork Challenge, for providing me with the perfect opportunity to give it a go. Thanks, ladies! Though I was excited, I've learned that my enthusiasm alone can take me only so far, so I figured I would start small. Hence, a hat. For said hat, I decided to try a "Traditional" Hat Kit from Bea Ellis Knitwear, using Dale of Norway Heilo in 0017 (white) and 0083 (dark charcoal). Here's a question: What was I afraid of? This colorworking thing is too much fun!
Furthermore, I would highly recommend this hat project to anyone thinking about trying colorwork for the first time. This pattern was simple enough for a newbie like me to follow (and I would assume that any of Bea Ellis' hat kits would be similarly as user-friendly), and the piece is small enough, so it isn't daunting.
My floats were a bit uneven because my tension was off in places, but I think overall I kept things under control rather well for my first go 'round. Hallelujah for blocking! A modification: I knit the hat "shorter" than the pattern called for, because I wasn't feeling how "tall" it would have been otherwise. I also haven't added any finishing touches to the tippy top yet. I kind of like it without a flourish of any kind, although I'm contemplating adding a pom pom, because...well, those are fun. What do you think?
So now that I have my first colorwork project under my belt, I have a major problem. What should my second colorwork project be??
PS: Lolly, how is your hat coming along?