Stitching Status: Bright Colorwork

I change my mind on knitting projects all the time…ALL. THE. TIME. In life I’m pretty decisive and I always know what I want but in knitting I want it all and I am constantly wanting to knit something else. I get into one thing and then BAM I see another pattern I have to make. Lately I’ve been excited about brioche and colorwork but the idea of casting on the Sunset Highway as my first real colorwork sweater wasn’t getting me excited. To be honest it makes my palms sweat with a bit of anxiety. Tiny needles, all those stitches…all that work and so many tiny stitches I might have to fix. Mind you I have the yarn and was gifted the pattern but I haven’t built up my confidence enough just yet. And I have plans to knit the Durumi colorwork sweater but it will be short sleeved and we just aren’t there yet weather wise so I’m okay waiting on that one for a bit. So when I saw that Caitlin Hunter who released Sunset Highway came out with a dk weight pullover, Tecumseh, I knew exactly what I was going to make next to finally make myself a stranded knitting sweater.

Tecumseh by Caitlin Hunter
Tecumseh by Caitlin Hunter via Ravelry

What’s always funny to me is whenever I browse through the project pages on Ravelry there’s always a lot of grey, neutrals and soft color palettes. I get it, it’s timeless and safe and can match so much. But for me and my wardrobe…that’s a no. That’s just not what I want or what I wear. Of course I immediately go for all the color. I was originally thinking of making this in wool with some Miss Babs Yowza in my stash and then I thought, why not make it with a summery blend? And there’s still a ton of Berroco Weekend DK on closeout on a couple of sites (I decided to not use up the yarn I’ve rationed our for my two summer knits and to get a different color palette)…so for about $35, I got enough yarn for a lighter weight sweater that I can wear almost all year round. YAY!
Berroco Weekend DK in spring colors
I decided on a green and blue color palette because green is my favorite color and I get so excited to knit with green. The main color (the body) will be the bright green, seedling. The secondary color (the little crosses) will be the bright blue, coast. And the tertiary color (the leaf like shape) will be the Kelly green, forest. I’m going to go ahead and swatch this one with one of the colors in my stash I know I’ll have leftovers from so that once the yarn arrives I can dive right in. I tend to knit a lot of cardigans because I like layers but I’m always wishing I had a cool pullover to throw on with jeans or wear with a skirt. I think this one might fit the bill.

So is anyone else as indecisive with their knitting projects as I am? I don’t want to be the only one with this problem.

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22 thoughts on “Stitching Status: Bright Colorwork

  1. I just relocated from far northern Minnesota to Louisiana – Baton Rouge area. Am trying to figure out how to knit for the BIG change in weather! Left all the woolen sweaters behind.

    • You know there are lots of fun lighter weight fibers that you can still use! I’m a sucker for a good cotton yarn too, I love Berroco Pima 100 a lot!

  2. Oh yes! I’m a beginning knitter but old-time quilter, so my hangup is more with quilt projects and fabrics. I nodded my head to agree with you the whole time I read your post as I can soooo relate! However, I think it’s a GOOD thing…to have so many creative juices going on inside our heads! We will never be bored and always, ALWAYS have something to look forward to. I think it’s the secret to happiness, afterall.

    • Yeah it’s hard sometimes because I get so many ideas swirling in my head and I want to execute them all! I need more hands so I can knit more.

      • Make sure to give us a progress report. I especially like to hear reflections as knitters work through a project. Because of my lack of experience when it comes to sweater knitting/sizing, I have acquired a terrible habit of knitting with dread because I don’t think the sweater is going to fit. I am robbing all the joy I should be feeling should I rather be knitting with confidence. I’m working on it. It helps to hear about knitters’ process. I’d love to hear more about yours. Thanks!

  3. I am always changing my mind for knits with my stash. I imagine something and then comes a “better” idea! Ha Ha Ha… There is always a better idea trying to show up. I loved your choice of colors for the Tacumseh! Anxious to see how it’s coming out!

  4. That is going to be a simply gorgeous sweater! I’ve been looking at Sunset Highway, too, and wondering if I have the nerve. Tecumseh may need to be the “training wheels” for those of us who need a little more confidence for this kind of project. As to indecisiveness, I’m the worst. All these bags of yarn bought for one project and then second-, third-, fourth-thoughts later, I’m still wondering if I’ve got the right pattern. Never a dull moment!

  5. I love your taste in patterns and I often find myself reading and adding many of the same patterns to my queue. Then I get to shuffling my queue order around and what was yarn for one project turns into yarn for another. Hahaha. Good luck on your first color work sweater no matter what you decide.

  6. Oh this is going to be lovely! It’s a gorgeous pattern and has tempted me!
    I am definitely very indecisive with my knitting which is why I end up wiht so many WIPs, ha! I get distracted by new things, excited by rediscovered things, etc. I do try to make plans so when I get into a knitting rut, I can go back and look at what I thought I might want to be knitting and get reinspired. But I’m a bit of a gadfly when it comes to my knitting, and I’m okay with that!

    • I’ve wanted to do colorwork for so long but it has been such a scary thing to me. But I’m going to dive on it with this sweater and hopefully it turns out as well as I have it in my head.

  7. I change my knitting plans all. the. time. Which is why I have some ridiculous number of WIPs floating around! I’d like to try a colorwork sweater too (I’m tempted by the Ninilchik Swoncho) but I’ll have to go out and buy yarn specifically for it and I’m not quite that committed yet (mostly b/c I have so. much. other. yarn already!).

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