As June comes to a close, I can honestly say that I didn’t feel rushed when working on this month’s knitting challenge. Though I chose to work a pair of color work double lined mittens, which essentially means that I knit two pairs of mittens, I don’t think a 400 yard project in a month is very challenging. Last year I had a lofter goal of knitting one adult sweater per month and found myself unmotivated to follow through with it in the end (In June I was successful, July I knit a scarf and August ran into September because I knit other things). This summer feels different because I feel like my creativity has been struggling to keep up with the amount of knitting that I’ve been doing.
Here is the prompt I had to work with this month:
Camp Loop 2020 June Challenge
The June challenge includes combining elements to make something new. What does that look like?
You can combine two (or more) different colors together. Here are some ideas –
From The Loopy Ewe website: Edith Cowl, Victoria Hat, House of Faberge Cowl, Merida Mittens, Oranssi Cowl, Albuquerque Sunset, Magical Thinking, and Quindici.
From Ravelry: Jupiter Crop, Rock It Tee, The Shift, Odyssey Shawl, and Breathe and Hope.
Or you can combine two different yarn materials together. (Combine different weights, or combine different bases. Or add a different material like beads to your yarn project, etc.). Here are some ideas –
From Ravelry: Ashbury Park Shawl, Imagine When (beads on points), Lily of the Valley Shawl, Morningstar, Calan Mai (combining two weights plus beads!), Charmayne, and Musicality (with beads).
Or you can combine two different patterns together to make something unique. Like taking the neckline from one sweater and adding it to another. Or the stitch pattern from one thing, and combining it with another pattern. Or the edging from one shawl to add to another. There are so many options with this one!
Since I’ve already mentioned that I worked a pair of lined color work mittens, it may seem obvious that I went with the first challenge: mixing two or more colors. This is true, I mixed red, charcoal and yellow together and am very happy with the results. I also happily took it a step further and knit the lining in a different yarn base to mix materials as well. Not to be an over achiever, my goal was to provide my partner with a pair of mittens to keep his hands warm (also to stop him from stealing my mittens).