As I mentioned earlier, I started a group on Ravelry called The Colorwork Challenge. What this group is going to be is a place for newcomers to colorwork, whether it's Fair Isle, simple stranded colorwork, intarsia, entrelac, etc. People seem to be pretty intimidated by doing colorwork, and therefore don't ever give it a try. But what I have found by starting this group, which has 190 members now, is that once people see others in the same boat, they're all of the sudden not so intimidated any more. And they're more willing to give it a shot. So we're going to build this group as a place for people to launch into the world of colorwork. I'm pretty excited about it. I've got a lot of work to do to get organized with it though. Thankfully, a bunch of people have stepped up to the plate to help out and to be part of the growing process of the group.
I wasn't going to attempt anything related to colorwork until after we decided on the first project to do as a group. But, I just couldn't resist. Well, that, and I'm one impatient dude! I found a pretty simple patten on Ravelry that looks more complicated than it is. Here is a picture of my progress so far.
It's been a good learning experience though. As with most new colorwork folks, the tension is what gets you. I'm sure it just takes practice to learn how to get that just right. It's kind of a pain in the arse getting used to how tight or loose things need to be. But not a pain enough to not continue on with it.
My goal for this year is to succeed in knitting a Dale of Norway sweater, either for me or for one or both of my sons. Once I get the hang of the two yarns at one time deal, then there really shouldn't be anything preventing me from being able to bust out a Dale sweater, right?!