It is snowing and the temperature is hovering around zero but I know for sure that this month will bring the summer. (There is a little voice in the back of my mind saying that we have had snow in June, but I won’t listen…) The ice is still covering the lake and to tell the truth I think it still needs many many warm days before the water is free.
Thank you for the nice comments about the blue dress. I think it will be practical for our summer.
Since last I have bought two books, the Tudor Roses and the Celtic Collection by AS. I really love them. I have gone through my every single book and magazine looking for fair-isle projects. They are the only ones that speak to me now. Some time ago, I just sort of skipped fail-isle sweaters and cardigans in all my publications thinking that they were not for me. Now they seem to be the only ones I’m looking at and all of a sudden my pile of books and magazines seems so new. The possibility of fair-isle is like a whole new world, I wonder how many new discoveries I will be making in the coming months...
I have ordered a kit. I don’t remember if I mentioned this last time but now I’m watching my mail. But not only waiting I have been swatching, I have been trying to bring up my fair-isle skills trying different methods of holding yarn and I must say that with every swatch I feel better about it. And in the same time, I sort of feel like I’m taking a giant step in my knitting. So here.
This is an older swatch. Done with Satakieli yarn, pattern by Nancy Bush in her book Folk Socks. Here I was wrapping the yarn with every stitch. It was a bit too time consuming maybe.
This was supposed to be King Harald Street hat from Ann Feitelson's Fair-Isle Knitting book. It turned out huge. Yarn Jamieson's Shetland.
Here I was trying to get the corrugated ribbing right and at the same time trying to play with colours. Jamieson's Shetland yarn.
Swatch with dpn's, learnt to rotate the place of the neeldes to avoid ridges between needles. Satakieli yarn.
And the conclusion is, when doing corrugated ribbing, I hold one yarn in right hand and one yarn in left hand, but when doing stockinette, I hold both yarns in my right hand. This seems to work for me, and the reason for this I think must be the practice I have had with twined knitting. So Miss Mailman, where is my kit? I'm all set.
Miss B is still in her nest, she peeked her head out the other day but went back to sleep since it is so cold yet. I told her not to rush so that she would not get a spring cold. But when she comes out dusting her nest, then will be the time for me to start serious cleaning as well.
I really don’t know how to keep the dogs from the ice, I have them under my control all the time and don’t let them roam freely at all.
The isbn for the Japanese Nordic Knitting book is ISBN4-579-11118-4.
By the way, my kit is from Tudor Roses.