It's been sitting in a box in my craft room for years calling me. I didn't really know what intarsia was until I hand knitted a hat as a Christmas present for my daughter. I was having trouble getting the pattern to work and sent a picture to an experienced hand knitter friend. She sent back "Oh you're doing intarsia you need to twist the yarns." I looked up videos on what the heck I was supposed to do and it was simpler than I thought.
When I had a bag to do out of the same book as the above hat I thought why couldn't I do it on my knitting machine. OH! I have that intarsia carriage let's get it out and see how to use it. Meanwhile, looking online at a YouTube video of a machine knitting pattern done by a Russian gal I came across a video of her using the intarsia carriage to knit my arch nemesis yarn Sashay. I was quite excited that I recognized that it was an intarsia carriage and I gave myself a V-8 forehead slap, because why didn't I think of using it myself. It made making a Filly Scarf on the knitting machine that much easier. I had gotten it down to 2 hours. Greatly faster and greatly less frustrating than doing it by hand. If I could do it faster that would be even better as I had 3 skeins of that stuff left that I was very tempted to throw it in the trash. Yes, it's aggravated me that much. So much so that one skein was on my craft room floor. Every time I saw it there I didn't think "Oh I should pick that up." I thought, "Oh that's right where you belong."
Today with the intarsia carriage I made peace with Sashay. In one hour I had knitted a Filly scarf easy.
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