Monday, May 07, 2007
There were some preparations to do before I could really cast on for Henry.
(Of course at first I right away had to find the first colour to cast on for the stitches but then when that was done I could calm down and start all over again...)
I read through the pattern several times before I felt comfortable. There were many skeins to be wound into cakes and to be separated into little plastic bags and those bags to be labelled not to get the colours mixed. I copied the chart so that I can colour each row before knitting it and that way get myself prepared for the row and to get to know if there are long floats to deal with. I am not very satisfied with my result of the knitting but I have decided not to start over and over and over again… I know the result will get better with time and practice, but only with time and practise and Henry is a lovely pattern and I rather go on with the chart now.
I sort of could imagine how entertaining fair-isle-knitting would be but I thought that there would be too many worries of getting the stitches look good enough. But this is even better. Right now I’m knitting rows that are very beautiful colour-wise, the names of the colours are “golden plover” and “storm petrel” and I just simply love both of those colours. If you want to you can read about the colour stories in Virtual Yarns site.
My Henry has just barely begun and I’m already thinking next projects. They are all fair-isle.
Right now the few at the top of my list to do would be Rheingold and Glen Albyn, both from the Out of the Blue collection. And Abalone in AS classics. Not to forget few from Collectors Item. Or some Dale designs from the book the Best of Tiur, designs like #9 or #12 or #4.
Fair-Isle sweaters are just the thing for this weather. The cold front has made himself stable over this barren land. The ice lies like a heavy blanket on the water. The sky is overcast. There is still snow left and it is disappearing so slowly. I tried to work outside yesterday but rain and fleet brought me back inside to my Henry.
Other than time spent with Henry I took long walks and shared tasty meals and lovely wine with a good friend over the weekend. Here some pictures from Saturday’s walk. PS. I'm trying hard not to complain about the weather. The truth is I would love to see the sun again.
PS. AS sells kits. Some of the kits come complete with a pattern but for some of the kits you need the actual book.