My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

Roscalie Continued

Since my last post, I have finished the body of Roscalie.

As you can see from the photo, I’ve also done the frontbands and neckband and facings. Since I took the above photo I put buttons on.

And I’ve started a sleeve.

In other news, Loki’s sheepskin rug was wearing out so I got him a new one. Do you think he likes it?

Autumn of Fair Isle

My Autumn of Fair Isle continues . . .

This is the Roscalie Cardigan from Alice Starmore’s In the Hebrides. I’m knitting mine from Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift. It on ly has five colors in total and is a very traditional-looking fair isle. I like that no two of the main peerie patterns are the same. The smaller border patterns are very simple and were easy to memorize.

is taking his supervisory position very seriously.

Marina Cardi

I finished this on Thursday:

This is, of course, Marina, designed by Alice Starmore and knit from a kit from VirtualYarns. Now I have packed it away, and hopefully someday I can go out of my condo again and actually wear it!

I enjoyed every minute of the knitting of this and discovered a new-to-me wooden needle that works beautifully with stranded knitting: Lykke circulars. The joins are great and they were a pleasure to use.

I have decreed this The Autumn of Fair Isle, so I have started another one. And Loki is still supervising.

Q & A

There were a number of questions in the comments on my last blog post. So here we go!

Do you by chance have the color numbers in the Jamieson & Smith version?

In the original The Scottish Collection, there colors were listed by name, not number. But there is a conversion chart on the Knitting Beyond the Hebrides website that gives the corresponding Jamieson & Smith color numbers. You can also find this information on some of the Marina project pages in Ravelry.

How much time you spend knitting? Daily? Weekly?

Good question — it varies quite a bit and since pandemic shut-down I’ve been doing more knitting than usual because I have no commuting time during the week and nothing else to do on the weekends. I’ll do a couple of hours a night on weeknights, probably double that on weekends.

How often do you repeat a project?

Apart from basic socks, almost never! But I knit Marina so many years ago it doesn’t feel like a repeat.

Here’s my week’s worth of Marina progress:

I’ve started the armhole steeks:

And here is the Little Prince:


Why nineteen? That’s the number of colors in my new project:

This is the Marina Cardigan, designed by Alice Starmore, purchased as a kit from Virtual Yarns.

Long-time blog readers may recall that I knit the Marina pullover years ago. How many years was it? Fifteen? At least fifteen, and knit from Jamieson & Smith Shetland Spindrift. Here it is:

The colors on the Virtual Yarns version are very close.

Speaking of colors, I dug out my old sock organizer to sort the colors. This is a very handy way top keep your colors organized when you have many!

(Don’t ask me where I purchased this — I have no idea! It was a long time ago!)

In other news, Loki is back in his tote bag!