Sunday, May 22, 2005

Fair Isle Epiphany

First Fair Isle KnittingAfter 2 hours of Tempting's ribbing, I was itching for something more challenging. Alice Starmore's Fair Isle Knitting looked inviting, so I read a few chapters, then picked up two balls of yarn, some dpn's, and away I knitted, holding a strand in each hand. This is me after about an hour into it. I'd once believed that this was a mysterious craft, impossible for the average knitter to accomplish. After I got the hang of it, it became relaxing and fun. All the while, I was imagining a modern Fair Isle design for my future sock pal.

First Fair Isle KnittingI realized how easy it would be to chart my own name, so here I am. Originally, I was going to make a little bag, with eyelets in the top ribbing for a drawstring. But I'm having so much fun, I'm going to keep knitting this into a wine bottle cozy instead. For the next Fair Isle project, I'm going to experiment with 1 varigated colorway, and 1 solid color. Now my 1000 yards of recycled Shetland wool suddenly has a purpose.

TemptingI'm about 8 inches into Tempting so far. I can only stand to work on it about an hour or two a day. I like my tops to hit my waist, so I'm going to stop an inch shorter than the design. If it's too short, I can always go back and add a cute border.

My Mom's b-day is coming up in 2 weeks, and she wants me to knit her something. I may have to put everything else on hold until then.


  1. Mei,

    What a good job on your first fair isle! That does look like fun!


  2. I'm pretty impressed that you just picked up FairIsle like that. Way to go. Oh, if you want to join the KAL for Tempting, I'm sending you the post in an email to where you can email the host of the Tempting KAL.


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