I am struggling along on the Throwback sweater, sweating and swearing (quietly) as I knit the rows that use three colors. True fair isle, I am told, does not ever use more than two colors, and I swear, as doG is my witness, that I will never do three-color stranding again. The yarn gets more twisted than you can imagine, and I can't find a way around it.
|This is nothing like the worst of the tangling.|
People who have seen me work on this have noted that I take more time untwisting yarn as I knit a row than I do actually knitting. I'm sure it's true.
However, I have no problem purling the wrong side of the sweater while I am stranding two colors, and people on Ravelry and in person have said that purling stranded knitting is really difficult. I find it pretty easy, which probably means I'm doing it wrong, but it's turning out ok.
Yesterday I had only two rows of three-color knitting to do, but after I finished the second row, I found a mistake halfway across the first row. I had to take a row and a half out, just when I thought I had finished with the most difficult of the knitting. The rest would be a breeze.
So I start over with three colors today, sweating and swearing (maybe not so quietly), hoping for the best.
In other news, I bought this good-looking cat tree. It's so much nicer than the one we've been using. No thick carpeting to hold onto hair and barf. Easier to take care of. All wood, so sturdy. The last cat tree we will ever need, I told my husband. He spent an hour and a half putting it together. The cats don't like it.
I'm hoping they will eventually learn to love it, but so far, nope. I even squished Baxter's old cat bed into the bottom to replace the white fluffy faux fur pillow. (White? What were they thinking?)
ODC cats, right?