Monday, March 15, 2010
I got a sudden burst of interest in my fair isle sweater again. It's Alice Starmore's Donegal, which I began oh so long ago. See what it's supposed to look like below. I like very much.
I put the sweater away, not wanting to face that it really won't get knitted that way! I observed no progress during the time it was in the cupboard. So I gotta work on it :o)
It's really a nice one in my opinion, although my colors are the Jamieson Shetland version instead of the original colors in Rowan Donegal Tweed, which I like slightly better. Mine is a bit more muted--manlier colors, I think.
Can you tell where I learned about splicing? It's really saved my bacon on this sweater because I'm changing colors every row or two. I'll have to go back and weave those ends in.
I just started the armhole steeks this evening, and that's an adventure in itself. Good thing I picked up a copy of Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting to keep me from getting too lost. The book is a reprint of the original published in the 80s, which went out of print and was selling for large sums on eBay. I'm glad they decided to reprint it. Although the patterns are 80s vintage, there's a wealth of information in it about fair isle history and designs.