Tag Archives: Fair Isle

Fair Isle Fail

  Oh dear! This is my unloved, abandoned attempt to create a cute stranded hat from my Buachaille leftovers. Once again I made the fatal mistake of thinking of Fair Isle as a sort of colourwork alchemy where you can throw … Continue reading

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Seven Skeins

Back in September I signed up to Kate Davies’ Seven Skeins club, and could barely contain my excitement. Kate is a renowned connoisseur of all that’s woolly and home-grown, so when she announced her plans to launch her own yarn … Continue reading

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A hat and some history

I’ve recently finished knitting Rachel Coopey’s Bedale, and very pleased I am with it, too. There’s something so fresh about its graphic, two-colour Fair Isle and elongated crown (it’s by far the slouchiest hat I’ve ever made!) Admittedly it took a … Continue reading

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All Change!

May is almost out but my #maychallenge cushion definitely won’t be finished. My initial Fair Isle design has now been ditched; I decided, having knitted about 10cm of the full-size piece, that on a large scale I really didn’t like … Continue reading

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May challenge

I’ve been a bit unfocused of late; picking things up, putting them down and not really committing to anything. To cure this inertia I decided to set myself a monthly challenge, and this month’s is an idea that’s been brewing for … Continue reading

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Steek of faith

I took part in another workshop at Twist recently, involving Fair Isle in the round, two-handed knitting and steeking. The latter, if you don’t know, is where you take a pair of scissors and cut through your knitting. I swear … Continue reading

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Boreal revealed!

The joy of a seamless sweater is that when you’ve finished knitting, you really have finished (bar grafting the armpits and weaving in a few ends). You cast off and over the head it goes – hurrah! I think I’ll … Continue reading

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