You know what's so great about stranded colorwork knitting (yes, everything, but specifically)? It's actually that it goes so quickly. Knitters who haven't tried it usually don't believe me when I say this, but colorwork is the fastest knitting I know.
But there are two strands! And it's at a small gauge!
Both true, say I, but there is magic afoot: 1. It's circular, which, no matter how many strands are used, is still just stockinette in the round. And 2. Even more important is the psychology: You work one border or set of motifs, and the whole time you're looking forward to the next one. And the minute you start to get a little bored with the band you're working on, bang! There's a brand new one starting. So there are all these benchmarks for your progress, each time you get to the next new element. It's so validating - at the end of a knitting session, your piece has visibly changed, rather than only lengthening.
Which reminds me, Remember what I promised you a year ago?
That everyone would be able to make their very own Thistle stole?
Well, your patience is about to be rewarded: It's Thistle Time! CLICK HERE to download the pattern, and see if you don't agree with me about the smug satisfaction of knitting stranded colorwork. And yes, it is habit-forming. Don't say I didn't warn you