Monday, June 18, 2007

Fair Isle Progress Update (and Flowers!)


The progress so far on the new Fair Isle. It started off wonderfully. But, I had to redo the first patterned row of the 15 row brown and red section a couple times to get it right. Once I got the pattern established, it was a piece of cake. Except that I also screwed up my color sequence a bit, but not enough to redo. Now that I've got it all worked out, it should go more quickly.

I have only a finite amount of one color which I bought around 1990 in Ithaca NY. That was in a large batch of discontinued yarn from an Italian company. The yarn shop owner had bought the clearance batch at a good price and I bought most of it from her. I also bought Starmore's Fair Isle Knitting book then, too, and that was the beginning of this insanity. So, the maroon yarn in question will be the deciding factor in whether this becomes a cardigan or a button-front vest. As I approach the armhole area, I'll assess what I have left and see which way to go with it.

For those who don't know all the Fair Isle jargon, a peerie is a small pattern that separates the larger ones. Not that it matters in this post, but Laura asked a few posts ago.

I think if I was allowed to just sit in my lair and knit fair isle patterns all day long, without having to think about meals, kids, laundry, etc., I would be the happiest knitter on the planet.

And now some flowers:

16 comments:

Batty said...

The Fair Isle is amazing and it takes true dedication to knit something so heavy when it's so warm out there. You're living proof that persistence and dedication pay off.

Ali said...

The first flower is dianthus or some such right? Either way, I kill the hell out of that stuff every year. Of course, not on purpose. I can't believe how brilliant the colour of yours is.

Becky in Iowa :O) said...

Very pretty hun. You always do such beautiful work.

Magatha said...

Color Color Color! Wow, you're color capture in your photos is excellent. The fair isle is so wonderful, it's like an intricate rug pattern.

Bezzie said...

The more I see your FI, the more I'm convinced I could never be so proficient in the subltle color variations that make your stuff pop. Very impressive indeed!

Ruinwen said...

Wow those colors are great! You really know how to tweak them to bring the best out of your FI! :)

sgeddes said...

The colors you selected work so well together. So nice to look at - I hope someday I am patient enough to learn how to make soemthing so intricate and beautiful.

Zonda said...

Beautiful flowers and fair isle! :)

Leslie said...

Your Fair Isle is beautiful! You always amaze me with your skill.

Penny Karma said...

Oooh! What are those pink flowers?

You're one of my knitting idols. How do you DO that Fair Isle stuff? It's so intimidating to me.

Carol said...

Gorgeous flowers! I really like this sweater and thanks for the fairisle lesson! I just wish I could retain everything in life I learn like I do with knitting;) I'll bet you're really glad you got the Starmore book when you did, have you seen the prices lately?

Cindy G said...

Just lovely, the fair isle and the flowers, both.

Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

Mmmmm, lovely pinks! Do they smell as good as they look? They are related to the carnation, yes? One year I had lemon grass and carnations near each other. That was heavenly. Ali, I always kill off the dianthus, too. I think that is the science name for pinks. They might not like too much heat without a lot of water. I'm off to Google.

Carol said...

Lovely fair isle.

Flowers are purty, too.

Laura said...

Yay! Peerie definition! I forgot that I asked. and right now I'm catching up on the blog reading that I've neglected for the last 2 weeks.

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Wow, that's splendid. Did you ever finish it? (I found this via a Google search, as I'm embarking on a Fair Isle knitting adventure, some time soon.)