My obsession with fair isle knitting continues! Having successfully completed my first Christmas ball, I have got a real taste for fair isle. I am not just talking stranded knitting, I mean proper fair isle with Shetland wool and traditional motifs. I just love it. (Be warned, I am about to do some serious enabling in this post…!)
I signed up for Craftsy’s Fair Isle Vest – Stranded and Steeked class and am about half way through. It’s brilliant. Mary Jane Mucklestone is a fabulous teacher. This woman is a serious fair isle geek (I mean this affectionately). She is the writer behind 200 Fair Isle Motifs (Amazon at the bottom of this post) so she obviously knows her stuff. Incidentally, she knitted 200 swatches for the book. 200 hundred swatches! I moan at the prospect of knitting one…
The class is really worth checking out, even if you don’t intend to knit the vest. I love the pattern of the vest and the steeking element intrigues me, but to be honest, it’s not really the right shape garment for my body type. However, I am still learning loads from the class. I intend to knit a hat, perhaps a cowl, using the vest pattern. I am learning about the various ways of holding your yarn for fair isle, the joy of swatching (honestly) and most excitingly, how to steek. As with all Craftsy classes, the tutor is available to answer your questions through the Craftsy platform.
At the time of writing, the class is priced at £19.79 (reduced price) so do check it out. To find out more click on the image at the top or the foot of this post or click this link: Fair Isle Vest – Stranded and Steeked.
So what’s my next fair isle project? Well apart from the next Merry Knitalong Christmas ball (please join the KAL!) I am contemplating a pretty major project. The lovely Chloe from Sparkly Shoes Are Faster blog has just started knitting Kate Davies’ Rams and Yowes blanket having successfully completed the Sheep Carousel tea cosy. Chloe is well and truly getting me back for all the enabling I have been responsible for in the past, as she is encouraging me to consider the blanket. I may compromise by opting for the Sheep Heid hat instead. Who knows! I am not rushing into it. I had cast on Selbu Modern as my first fair isle project but frogged in in favour of my Christmas ball.
Whatever I go for, I was thrilled to note that my lovely website sponsor, Great British Yarns, as a fabulous stock of Jamieson Shetland wool. So when I do make the decision, I know they will be there to enable me with lovely yarn…!
Here are those Amazon links for you:
Amazon US: 200 Fair Isle Motifs: A Knitter’s Directory
And here’s the Craftsy link (click the banner):
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