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