Our Lady of Intarsia
February 28, 2004
On the way to making my second square for the Afghanalong, I think I may have committed intarsia.
The whole thing started with the idea of orange and gray. I love orange with gray. I thought I’d cook up a quick square bordered in Jo Sharp DK Greggplant (OK I made that up; it’s gray/eggplant), filled with Rowan Kid Classic Juicy. A smooth/fuzzy texture combo. Of course, when I got started, I realized I was going to have to do the unthinkable and add a second ball of Greggplant in order to make the border go up both sides of the square.
Ah, whatever. About halfway through I thought, in my most Kaffeish moment to date, There’s too much Juicy here, so I added some Jo Sharp DK in Greeny Greggplant. Well, that meant not only the Greeny Greggplant but also a second ball of Juicy to make the Juicy fill out the left side of the background, and before you could say Pat Clack* I had five balls of yarn going on this one little square.
I’m exhausted. I need a mojito. But what a hoot to try something different. I have had a pathological fear of intarsia knitting, but now that I’m through this little experiment, I’ve got that evangelical fervor to convert everybody to the Church of Multicolor Knitting. Jump on in, y’all!
P.S. No discontinued Rowan Lightweight DK was harmed in the making of this square. You’ll be happy to know that every bit of this yarn is guaranteed 100% leftover from some other project.
P.S.S. The compulsive blocker in me must point out that I haven’t blocked this square, in case you were wondering. Which you weren’t.
*Pat Clack: Notoriously prolific Rowan knitter of elaborate intarsias. Has created the entire cast of Sesame Street in multicolor knitted sweater form. She knits intarsia the way I eat Girl Scout Thin Mints: fast and often.