Jojo got it right — my new project is Mara, a fair isle design by Alice Starmore. The pattern is in the long out-of-print and virtually-impossible-to-find The Scottish Collection. I like how Jojo referred to it — “the mythical Scottish Collection.” I am making the cardigan version.
A number of you inquired about the canvas box where the yarn for my fair isle is stored. It’s a sock organizer, and I bought it several years ago (bought two of them, actually) online. I did a quick search, and I believe the first item on this page (item #55955) is the same thing. Pretty nifty, eh?
You can buy plastic organizers as well, but I like the canvas one because it is more flexible, and you can mush more yarn in one compartment and less in another, as needed.
So why is this blog entry titled “The Agony and the Ecstacy?”
Long-time WendyKnits readers will remember me whining about a certain technique in fair isle knitting. A technique that fills me with loathing and dread.
Corrugated ribbing. Gah!
Mara has 29 (gulp!) rows of corrugated ribbing. I have a theory that as soon as I start working on corrugated ribbing, there is a rift in the time-space continuum. How else could it be that it takes me three frigging days to complete 29 rows of ribbing?
Because it does. Take three frigging days, that is.
Here is the ribbing a bit past the halfway point.
And just for grins, the wrong side:
The only thing that keeps me going is the knowledge that the reward for completing the dreaded corrugated ribbing is that I get to start on the fair isle pattern! and I did — just barely.
I’m looking at that laceweight stuff, and I’m remembering the Harlot’s references to Rowan Kidsilk Haze (“crack”), and I have to ask what would be a good first lace shawl thing for one who has recently conquered an irrational fear of yarnovers (yophobia). (I’m actually fairly intrepid, but in weird ways.)
A good first lace shawl . . .
I think either the Leaf Lace or the Flower Basket shawl (both by Evelyn Clark, both available from Fiber Trends) are good shawls for new lace knitters. They have a relatively simple overall pattern and there is no complicated construction, like knitting a border onto live stitches.
Another good beginner project, I think, is the Kimono Shawl from Cheryl Oberle’s Folk Shawls — it’s a rectangular shawl with garter stitch borders that are knitted as you go. Again, it’s a relatively simple pattern that you keep repeating.
Have you used the Anne before? I’m interested to hear what you think of it, I hear it’s yummy but alas it’s an experience that eludes me 🙁
I’ve not knitted with the Schaeffer Anne sock yarn . . . yet. I now have a couple of skeins of it in stash, so it’s definitely in the rotation!
I’ve been making a point of acquiring as many different sock yarns as possible. I want to try ’em all!
It Was Only a Matter of Time
There is now an errata page for Wendy Knits: My Neverending Adventures in Yarn. The link will remain over in the sidebar. Sigh.
However, big thanks to Stephanie C. for finding and pointing out the error!
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Lucy is rehearsing her moves so she can costar with Miss Lulu Kitty in a Kitties Gone Wild video.