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!

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

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  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!!

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  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…

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  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

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

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  7. Gorgeous colors. Have fun with it.

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  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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