Ok, so I haven't actually tried any bobbins yet, but I made my first intarsia today, as a swatch, and let me tell you: The yarns really tangle if you don't use bobbins! I used five colours, and I don't know how many times I had to pause to untangle the balls from one another! I'm hoping to one day make this cardigan from the Interweave Knits summer 2009 issue:
I made a swatch just to see if I could master the technique, as I've never done intarsia before. I used some cotton yarns that I bought for the amigurumi crocheting, and it did not look very nice...
I'm guessing I have to practice a lot more before I try to tackle the cardigan, and I also think that another type of yarn would look better. The cotton is very stiff and unyielding, and I'm also using too big a pair of needles so the swatch is turning uot qiute hole-y too. I don't really know what to do with this yarn yet, as I actually thought that it wasn't optimal for my amigurumis. I have some soft acrylics that I use as well, and that turned out much better than the cotton. The cotton left big gaps that I had to stitch together with a tapestry needle to prevent the stuffing from popping out. Maybe I'll make granny squares and make a small blanket? But the yarn is a bit too stiff to make a comfortable blanket. Maybe a doily tablecloth for my grandmother (as she is the only one I know who use them)? Or maybe I'll come up with a fun contest here and donate the yarns to a potential winner? I'll have to think about that, especially since shipping is so darn expensive!
Now I'll continue with my preparations for my licenciate seminar in september. Wish me luck!