Baby Twist yarn, image from Alpaca with a Twist's site
When I received my box and excitedly torn it open, I saw that I was to knit two Zebra Eyes and two Leopard Eyes colorwork samples. The knitting world pays attention to fashion trends, and I had read that animal prints are very on trend. I had not anticipated that fact ever, ever, ever to touch my life, but the universe has a sense of humor. I actively hate animal print.
Nevertheless, I was excited to get started. The fact that it was animal print was a tiny setback, but this whole process was going to be fantastic!
The yarn, oh, the yarn. It's delightful. It's fuzzy--not mohair fuzzy, but fuzzier than wool, and so soft. It was a pleasure to knit with that yarn.
I cast on and nearly immediately came upon a problem.
I've done colorwork. It requires you, if you hope to do it with any sort of speed whatsoever, to hold one color in one hand and a second color in your other hand. I have knit enough mittens and fingerless gloves that I can knit fairly well this way. It's awkward, but I can do it.
Do you know what mittens and fingerless gloves have in common? They're round. When you knit round things, you are always looking at the front side, and you're nearly always doing the knit stitch.*
I'd never had to work across the back of a colorwork project, and I had no idea how to hold the yarn in my left hand.
Here's the finished product! They're on their way back to Alpaca with a Twist, and I hope they're pleased with them. I am, and I'm extremely excited to be finishing up a pair of socks with only one color!
*Yes, I know that's not necessarily true. If you're a knitter, you know what I mean.