Wouldn’t it be cool if there were a television channel that showed video 24 hours a day of fair isle being knitted? Perhaps several different knitters knitting several different fair isles?
Hey, if they can have a channel that’s devoted to an aquarium 24/7, why not one devoted to fair isle?
Clearly, I have missed my calling. I ought to be in network programming.
Well, on this fair isle channel, I am at the point where I will put the underarm stitches on holders and cast on for the armhole steeks.
There was an interesting comment to yesterday’s entry from Cath:
One thing that drives me *nuts* with Rowan is that they don’t provide any info on discontinued yarns. Which wouldn’t be a problem, except there are all these gorgeous design books out there, using Rowan yarn. There are about 5 Kaffe Fassett designs I’m panting to knit, but I cannot for the life of me figure out the colors of the 30+ different yarns he uses. Arrgghhh!!! How do you cope with this?
How do I cope with this? I don’t knit them.
If you’ve visited my knitting gallery, you’ll see that I’m not a huge fan of Rowan. I have seven Rowan designs listed. (I’ve actually knitted one or two other Rowan designs as well — pre-internet.)
I buy Rowan magazines from time to time. Sometimes I “ooh” and “aah” over some of the designs I see, but they are just not “me.”
I got a copy of Kaffe Fassett’s “Glorious Knitting” when it first came out, and was blown away by the beauty of the knits in it. I actually did knit two Kaffe Fassett designs — the Tumbling Blocks sweater and one of the coats with many, many colors. My Tumbling Blocks wasn’t nearly as glorious as his — I think I used three colors — but I liked the finished sweater and wore it quite a bit. For the coat, I ordered pretty much every shade of worsted weight wool from Martha Hall. (Hey! Whatever happened to Martha Hall? I loved that catalog.) The resulting coat was extremely cool and I wore it til I wore it out.
But apart from those early forays, I don’t knit Kaffe Fassett designs. They, too, are not “me” — I like my colorwork along more traditional lines. But they are serious eye-candy.
Mara look wonderful but I think Deirdre may feel a little forgotten. Do we ever get to see a finished shot of her?
Yeah, you do. When I finish her. At the moment she is in pieces, waiting to be seamed. That will occur when the spirit moves me to do so. And not before.
I’m glad the spirit moves her to feed me every day. Just sayin’.
Lookie what came in the mail today:
Left to right, that’s sock yarn, sock yarn, silk/merino sportweight, and a big-ass skein of merino sportweight. All beautifully handpainted by Dave Daniels and purchased from Cabin Cove Mercantile. And all far lovelier in person.