The basic concept of stranded colourwork is fairly simple, you work in Stocking stitch* introducing colour as you progress and this creates graphic patterns on your fabric. It is pretty addictive, you can see the pattern literally popping off your needles and the progress is really obvious.
Not to be too intense I was sure to include one colourwork pattern in each section of Head to Toe and Northmberland is that one of them.
Northumberland is knitted with Blue Sky Alpacas Melange and Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight, both are in fact sport weights, but while their Sport Weight comes in pure solid colours, Melange, as its name suggests is a smidge heathered. The yarn is lovely and soft and works very well in stranded knitting.
I've a couple of things to say about twisting and floats and some general colourwork tips that need to be put together in a tutorial and I hope to get to that next week. Do give me a shout if you'd like any particular technique highlighted or you have a question about colourwork in the meantime, I'll be sure to include it.