Colours and Textures

Having decided to abandon my comfort zone and buy some yarn I would never normally work with in the form of the Arizona Dreams kit from Colinette, I decided to go the whole hog and knit it using a stitch that I would usually never consider – a form of broomstick lace.

First, though, I had to spend a couple of hours winding the hanks into balls, using my antique swift and the 1970s ball winder kindly given to me by my friend Susan a year or so ago:

And so on to the knitting – no broomstick is needed for the broomstick lace, but it does require wrapping the yarn round the needle multiple times in some rows and then some jiggery-pokery in the subsequent row to end up with some fancy loops. It takes ages to do. Intervening rows are simply knitted and so are super-quick.

I have to confess I’m really pleased with the way it’s turning out… trying something different CAN be a good thing.

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  1. What gorgeous rich colours. Going to be wonderful!

  2. I have to say it’s looking very impressive!

  3. I went looking for that colour selection I love it so much and they didn’t have it on the website any more. I’ve been studying broomstick lace recently too – our minds are obviously in the Vulcan Mind-Meld! 🙂 It is looking wonderful and if I was one who got green with envy, I would be green with envy at your colours and your beautiful stitching!! Yay for doing something different!!

  4. Wow, that’s an impressive result and looks incredibly complicated. You’ve got to love a process which produces that effect for not quite as much energy outlay as it would suggest! And yes, the colours really are wonderful, one of my favourite combinations…

  5. It’s looking tremendous and I put tat down to your skill as well as the glorious colours. That does look quite a complicated stitch pattern though.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

  6. I didn’t realize how much I loved that color combination until just now. Wonderful.

  7. Gorgeous colors. Have fun with it.

  8. Oooh, looking good! I’d never normally choose yarns like these either, but your photos are giving me second thoughts! Happy knitting!


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