One would hope that a newcomer to intarsia would check out all the available resources on working the technique BEFORE starting. At least that's what a sane person would do. Perhaps I'm a skein short of sane. Why? Oh maybe 'cuz I thought that "winging it" would work. Ha! (Although in my defence, I was outdoors and had no access to any online tutorials or videos)
I took pictures of the fiasco, but really who wants to see a disaster? It's just plain shameful and down-right embarrassing. And to add insult to injury (yes, my pride is a wee bit shaken), I knitted at least 6" before ripping out! Talk about amplifying a mess! (I have no defence for that one--maybe just some inane hope that the knitting fairies would fix it for me while I wasn't looking).
Long story short: I ripped, ripped, ripped . . . . thankfully only to the rib section (at least I can still rib without making boo-boos).
After viewing a couple of good videos on YouTube, I restarted using the CORRECT method. I think the biggest stumbling block for me was realizing that intarsia is not about knitting a single piece; rather you are knitting several pieces (that may or may not be the same colour). These separate pieces are only connected by a single twist. Once I figured that out, the piece started to look "right".
Check out the right side:
Check out the wrong side:
It's nice to learn something new ;)