Sunday, March 22, 2009

Piggy is really a sheep


Well, a bunch of the Wranglers who meet up on Sundays are doing a KAL (Muggle translation: knit-along) in April, and I'm jumping on the bandwagon. This despite the fact that I am incredibly unlikely to wear the finished object.

The pattern: Selbu Modern (non-Ravelers, go here), by Kate Osborn. It's a gorgeous colourwork tam/beret. The problem is, Piggy doesn't have a hat-friendly noggin, and tams...well, no.

But I'm going to do it anyway. It's another example of my pre-process knitting tendencies; I'm in it for the social aspect, rather than either the knitting itself or the final product.

This will be my first colourwork project; I'm a bit nervous about it, but it's a good opportunity to finally learn Continental knitting (this is the process knitter part of me coming out)...through which I will knock off two of my New Year's knitting resolutions in one project.

And it gave me a good excuse to buy a book I've had my eye on for awhile:

Color Knitting

The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques, by Margaret Radcliffe. I just picked it up. I'll report on it later.

I've already picked out my yarn (selecting it took two trips to Three Bags Full, both pre- and post-meetup last Sunday, and consultations with several Wranglers):

Koigu for Selbu Modern

Two pretty purples (Koigu KPM 1160 & 2235)-- perfect for Piggy, just in case I change my mind about tams. But I can also think of a few people who would like the combination as it could be a super-early start to Christmas knitting for me this year!

I can't decide which shade to use for the background, and which for the colourwork...what do you think?


  1. great yarn picks....Tams are pretty good fits for everyone because you can change the way you wear it. You don't give your noggin enough credit.

  2. I saw that book a week ago and had to go visit it again this week. My daughter is going to try to order it for me at a discount (since she is asst. mgr at a bookstore) and I'm hoping she can do so. In the meantime, I like to hold it and tell it that one day it can come home and live with me. sigh.

  3. Oh, it's going to be pretty! I think I'd use the darker colour for the background colour.

  4. darker is better I think, but the lighter is more you.