Fearless Fair Isle - Finally Finished!
Pattern: Fearless Fair Isle by Wendy Johnson in the brown colorway
Yarn: Jamieson & Smith 2-ply (my supplier-Four Seasons Knitting)
Needles: Addi Natura circulars US size 3
Started: October 2005
Completed: September 2006
Changes to the pattern: I did a central steek and added a button placket to make it a cardigan.
Things I'd do differently next time: Maybe change the shape of the color and the neckline a bit. (that's only because it's written as a pullover and I changed it to a cardigan without any shaping changes-it was fine as written)
Ok, that looks like a very long time to complete one sweater, but in between I also completed four other sweaters, many pairs of socks, a few scarves, and a bunch of baby stuff.
This is my first Fair Isle project and I loved it. I highly recommend the pattern - Wendy does a good job of putting together a project that is challenging without being too intimidating. There are seven colors and two alternating pattern bands. If you haven't done Fair Isle before and need some online help, Anne has a great tutorial that I studied before I started this project.
And now on to the next two Fair Isles I'm designing...and the fisher gansey I swatched this weekend...and the Christmas knitting I started last week...and the sock I'm trying to finish...and the Tina shawl I want to retrieve from the UFO list...and the Circumnavigate Cardigan we're starting at the guild tomorrow...
My WIP pile is going to look like Sillyewe's shortly.
And by the way....the Monarch's are migrating! One of the bushes near our home was full of them yesterday morning.