Be careful what you say…

In my last entry, I called the sweater I’m planning for my husband a Fair Isle – but it’s not. I realized my mistake soon after I left a comment for Wendy, queen of Fair Isles, and I set out to determine the distinction between types of two-color knitting – which was easier than I thought.

Actually, Lisa of blogdogblog recently went to the source and asked Meg Swansen about the difference between Fair Isle and other two-color knitting recently. According to Meg, Fair Isle is unique for a few reasons, some having to do with technique, but also because the colors in the background can change at the same time as the colors in the foreground – and they don’t in two-color Scandanavian knitting like my faux-Lopi sweater. Faux because it’s Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride, not because it’s a knockoff pattern. For further reading, here’s a description of Fair Isle knitting from the Shetland Museum – and they should know.

cathat.jpg In other news, I have finished purple hat #2 – so lovely! It needs finishing work but I can rest easy knowing that it will wait for me unmolested by dogs looking for snacks. I’ve picked up two more skeins of the Lamb’s Pride Bulky in sage green and corn yellow for more hats – but quite simply, I have bigger fish to fry.

That’s right the Christmas knitting marathon has officially begun – stay tuned for an update, because I’ll be posting a lot this month to track my progress.

5 thoughts on “Be careful what you say…

  1. Donna

    Yes, that Charlie’s quite a ham! I actually have two more projects on the needles, so I have a chance of getting it all done on time 😉

  2. Carrie

    I really like the layout of your blog. The colors are pretty and it’s really easy to read!

    I’m about to embark on my own Christmas knitting marathon…bless all us knitters during the holidays! 🙂

  3. Amy

    Hello fellow blogger,

    All this talk of (anti) yarn diets got me thinking about a book swap I was a part of a few years ago. The idea was that one person filled up a box with books they no longer wanted, sent the box
    off with a list of names and addresses and as the box made the rounds of the country, people could pull books out and put books in.

    Do you have yarn in your stash you bought on impulse and know it just isn’t for you? Maybe you have leftover skeins from a project that you never want to work with again? Rather than mocking
    you every time you visit your stash, why not free it from your life.

    Would you love to go to the mailbox one day and open a big box of yarn, patterns or needles and pick out a guilt free treat?

    I would be happy maintain a list of individuals interested. The way our book swap worked was that the list was done in geographical order, so no-one ever had to wait too long for the package to arrive. You could post to your blog when the package arrives and when you send it off.

    Sound interesting? Who knows what fantastic fiber you might find on your doorstep one afternoon?


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