I am a fickle knitter.
I have several amazing sweaters on the needles, a pair of socks, and random accessories. All of them are things that I was so excited about at some point or another - couldn't wait to cast on… but it seems that all I can think about is getting started on some colorwork, more specifically Fair Isle. This always happens! I have my eye on several patterns – I noted my admiration of the Nordic Memories pullover in the last post – and I am hoping to start that one soon. Last week I picked up the new Rowan Classic Alpaca book…
The Stag jacket and the Evergreen pullover immediately caught my eye (but I also bought the book for the lovely Linden, Cambridge, and Oxford). It is interesting to see this off-shoot of Rowan's knitting collection; I have been more impressed with the Rowan Classic collections than I have been the regular Rowan magazine lately (with the noted exception of the Anna socks… beautiful!) and hope to see the same quality designs for future seasons.
The "jury is still out" for me on Knit Picks. I have worked with one line of their yarn, Andean Silk (for my dearly-departed Hourglass sweater) and I was impressed, but I have a nagging feeling that something is not quite right – how do they get their prices so low? I sincerely hope that they are abiding by fair trade practices in South America, where the majority of their yarn is made. Does anyone know more about this? Please share, if so… but I gotta give it to them for their recent Telemark Ski sweater design. I think it is quite brilliant!
I love the traditional meets modern look – a fitted Fair Isle! I would probably choose slightly different colors if I were to make this, but I think it is a pretty cool design.
The lovely "Norwegian Stockings" from Folk Socks are also in my mind, but they don't seem like a good beginner project… more like the "someday" knit that I will get to when I feel more confident in my skills.
So, where is a good place to start with Fair Isle and color stranding? I know that traditional Fair Isle is done in the round, so are circular projects like hats and mittens the way to go in the beginning? What about something like these wristlets? I think they were in one of the 2004 Interweave Knits mags… I am calling them the Arnhild Wristlets, after the designer.
O wise color knitters, help me!
Lead me in the path of Fair Isle-ness!
(In other words, give me some tips! what techniques do you prefer? what book do you use for reference? what patterns are appropriate for beginners?)