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.
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.