Thursday, February 08, 2007

What's that on my sidebar? Fair Isle February - another KAL?

I am a complete stranded-knitting neophyte. I don't do any multi-colour knitting unless it's been previously printed or painted onto a single continuous string. Multiple strands to carry? Yikes! Nope. Not me. Nuh-uh. I will gleefully tackle the most fearsome feats of complexity: cables and shaping and lace - oh, my! But this stuff scares me.

Still I am often tantalizingly mesmerized by this kind of intricate knitwork. I am drawn to it like a moth to a flame. Oooh - look at all the pretty colours!... (forlorn wistful sigh)... And during my recent duel with delirium housebound boredom I seem to have somehow convinced myself that I have to start doing some of this beautiful colour-work. Determined to lose my fair-isle virginity, I just decided to plunge right in.

Step one: join the KAL. Check.

Step two: YARN, baby. Check. Several balls of sportweight wool in eight or so nifty colours followed me home from SnB recently. I hope they are destined to become something stranded.

Step three: Uh oh. Screeching to a halt.

Now I'm looking for a simple yet interesting fair-isle project that will be suitable for a beginner. If you don't hear from me for several days, don't worry - it's just that I'm off on a pattern hunting webspedition. And if you have any good ideas for me - please let me know.

In other news, I've been informed that my gracious testknitter volunteers are happily knitting away on my lace sock design. They've been sending me their comments and questions, and even promising to post some pictures of their work. So (hopefully) I'll be ready to publish the pattern more openly for the rest of you soon. Keep that feedback coming, sockaristas!

1 comment:

Lisa L said...

I've just completed the heel on the sock and made the transition to the leg. It is knitting up and looking beautiful! I'll post some pictures this weekend!