FO: Spectra-scope

Most of my FOs have happened this way, Christina is online browsing for yarn, Christina buys a single skein of some yarn, Christina pets and oogles yarn after it shows up, Christina goes to queue to find a pattern for it, Christina vows to by more than a single skein next time she shops online for yarn after discovering she can't find a pattern for her single skein.    For Spectra it was the other way around, I actually ordered the yarn to go with the pattern.

It is a neat pattern, a really interesting shape and a great chance to try a new skill, intarsia. And I really wanted to knit something outside my normal range of things.  This was a great break, although it did get tedious at times, I had to make myself knit two wedges a day so that it would be finished in time for me to start fresh with new projects for the Ravellenic Games (that coincided with the Olympics).

In the end I'm pleased with the result, and I think I'm going to use the leftovers to weave a scarf, with the Grey outside yarn as the warp (end to end threads) and the Chroma as the weft (back and forth yarn) to make sure that I don't end up with a broken frayed warp and also to watch the slow color changes occur in a different manner to the Spectra-scope scarf.

- Details -

Project Name: Spectra-scope

Pattern: Spectra by Stephen West of WestKnits

Recipient: Me, but I may end up rehoming it

Yarn:  KnitPicks - Gloss Fingering in Coast Grey and Chroma Fingering in Roller Skate (both colors are discontinued)

Modifications:

  • I did a total of 100 color wedges instead of the 80-some called for in the pattern.

New Skills:

  • Intarsia: This is the first time I have done intarsia colorwork.  I neither loved nor hated it, so if another pattern that I love calls for it I won't be afraid.

Feedback:

  • Yarn: I find that with KnitPicks yarn you get what you pay for, it is a good price and you get good yarn, but it is sometimes just the right thing.  I liked working with the Gloss Fingering, I like it more than the Gloss DK I used eons ago on the Shifting Sands scarf, and on par with the Gloss Lace of my Falling Leaves Shawl.  The Chroma must be an acquired taste, because it did what was expected to do (have long color changes) but I didn't enjoy working with the single as much as a like the single of Tosh Merino Light.
  • Pattern:  My first time working from a Stephen West pattern, and it was nice, clear and short, some of the things I like most in a pattern.

Re-Knit?: Nope, it is a cool FO but I would much stoles and shawls to scarves (and I weave my scarves these days).

Day 6 - Improving Your Skillset

How far down the road to learning your craft do you believe yourself to be? Are you comfortable with what you know or are you always striving to learn new skills and add to your knowledge base? Take a look at a few knitting or crochet books and have a look at some of the skills mentioned in the patterns. Can you start your amigurumi pieces with a magic circle, have you ever tried double knitting, how's your intarsia? If you are feeling brave, make a list of some of the skills which you have not yet tried but would like to have a go at, and perhaps even set yourself a deadline of when you'd like to have tried them by.

For me, my learning is never done, there is always a new skill or technique to try to master. I often times seek out patterns that force me try something new.  When I don't learn something new in

That said there are a few techniques I have shied away from, like double pointed needles.  I tried them back in the old days before I discovered that there are meh needles, there are good needles and their are great needles.  It may be time to try again with good needles.

Also I have tried double knitting and the colors were too close so I frogged the projects (I tried, twice, to get the colors right) and I haven't found a project again I want to do in double knit, although I may need to spend some time checking out, Extreme Double Knitting for inspiration.  Same with intarsia, I have tried it, the project wasn't working, I frogged and haven't found a pattern in intarsia I have really wanted to do.

I am not averse to trying most knitting techniques but I need a reason to do so, I am not one to make a sampler to try techniques but rather I would like to have a pattern that incorporates that technique.

I did set myself some goals for the year, but I really need to read my copy of the Knitter's Life List, which I picked up a month ago.  I think that will set me out some really neat and concrete goals to meet, because I don't really want my knitting to get stagnant, because that would take the joy out of it for me.