Knitting

WIP Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!  I’m checking in mid-week and hoping you’re all doing well.  The temperatures this week are warmer and some of the lovely autumn color is fading.  Still it’s been a good week so far.

4-DSCN3944On the needles . . . This week, and last, I’ve been working on leg warmers from the book, The Very Easy Guide to Fair Isle Knitting by Lynne Watterson.  (Here’s the Ravelry pattern link.)  The book has 28 lessons on fair isle basics and 11 patterns to illustrate different stitch patterns.  Fair Isle is something I have only just a bit of experience with, so I’m looking at this project as a way to improve my skill.  The first cast-on was done in the round, but keeping the floats consistent and making jogless stripes was beyond my patience level.  I frogged and started again knitting them flat and all is going much better.  I try hard to avoid seaming knitted items, but in this case I’m pretty sure it’s for the best.  The yarn is Rowan Felted Tweed in the clay, camel, rage and mineral colorways.  Since the photo above, I’ve finished the colorwork and started the top rib on the first of the pair.

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The Kids are coming for a visit next week and I can’t wait to have everyone here.  A bit of sorting and organizing needs to be done in the craft room so Little Miss will have a place to sleep.

I hope you’re enjoying your week and making progress on your projects.

~  Janet

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12 thoughts on “WIP Wednesday

  1. Your current knitting project made me feel a sharp tang of nostalgia. My Gran, raised in Shetland, was a Fair Isle knitter. My siblings and I always had Fair Isle cardigans, gloves and hats. One of my earliest memories is of watching her and two elderly relatives knitting at high speed, their needles dug into their leather knitting belts. It was mesmerizing. Thanks for promoting that memory today.

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    1. What a sweet memory. 🙂 I had never heard of a knitting belt, but after a search on the Internet and Ravelry I’m intrigued. I definitely want to give this a try. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  2. I hate trying to make jogless stripes. I have tried every trick with no luck. I think you have the right idea even though I’m not too fond of purling in Fair Isle. Hmm….but they could be knit in the round, then steeked and then sewn. Hmmm…

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  3. I know from experience that even striping and jogless jogging is a challenge! So imagining color changes and preventing a jog? Oh boy. These warm colours together are comforting. How exciting to expect ohana visitors.

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