But wait…there’s moooore…
Okay, that was a weak “moo” pun, but I couldn’t resist. This is a lot of cow.
The pace may be compounded by the fact that this isn’t a highly portable project. I can’t just slip it into my handbag and whip it out at a meeting–the four yarn balls, pattern, and all that cow just don’t lend themselves to discreet knitting. Once I get to the end of all this black-and-white and I’m down the rows of stockinette that comprise the pink udder and strap, that might change. But I still think pulling a two-foot cow udder out of my knitting bag won’t exactly fade into the sidelines, no matter where I am.
On the upside, I have discovered a trick to help with the tangle factor. When I sit down to knit, I keep the black yarn to the left of me and the white (well, okay, I believe the technical term is “Natural”) yarn to the right. Since I hold a color in each hand–colorwork is one of the best reasons to master continental knitting so you can do just that–this placement seems to keep the two colors separate. It effectively eliminates the tangling I was struggling with earlier. If you’ve got other tricks for wrangling yarn on multi-color projects, by all means let’s hear them.
A completely unrelated note: I saw THE LONE RANGER last night, and there’s a fun little knitting bit–tiny but clever–in the movie.