Okay, that was a weak “moo” pun, but I couldn’t resist. This is a lot of cow.
Of course, a high volume of cow is a pretty amusing prospect, so it’s a lot of fun cow. Still, it always seems to take me far longer than I want to finish each row, and each day’s knitting never seems to get me as far as I want.
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.