Monday, July 17, 2006

Oh dear. What have I done?

Pardon me while I brag a bit. I don't do it often - or at least I try not to...but I'm quite pleased with myself right now. Rosemary recently decided to take on a stranded/Fair Isle (which is it??) Dale of Norway sweater and well...blame the Borg...resistance was futile and I endeavored to do the same. Thanks to Caryn's suggestions about good beginner stranding/Fair Isle projects (she suggested that it may be helpful to start with something that only uses 2 colors), I decided to tackle "Fana" from Dale of Norway. I am doing the pullover version, in the pattern's smallest child size.

I really had no idea what to expect or how many tries it might take to get the hang of using two colors simultaneously, but honestly, the biggest hurdle was simply figuring out how best to hold the yarn. I tried all the options, but being a continental knitter, I just couldn't have a yarn in my right hand. It wasn't right! So I put both in my left hand and off I went! I started early Saturday afternoon and as of 8:30 this morning, I am almost through the chest motif.





I think the inside looks quite nice, too, don't you?

8 comments:

Rosemary said...

Wow, that is gorgeous! I love the contrast with the Navy. Yum.

I'm so jealous that yours is so far in!

Jenn said...

Looks great! I knit fair isle with both yarns in my right hand - I know what you mean about it feeling weird to hold them seperately!

Betty said...

That looks fantastic!

Caryn said...

Holy Frijoles!!!! Yous a fast knitta!! It looks wonderful...you'll have that thing done in no time!! Let me know if you need and help when you got to the cuttin!!

tekopp said...

that's so pretty :)
I do the same thing when knitting with two colors. But once a third joins in you are forced to put yarn in both hands, no matter how weird it is.

do more fair isle (I at least call dale of norway that), it's fun.
Do socks :)

RandomRanter said...

Brava! Most impressive!

Martina said...

Beautifully knit!

dragonsinger954 said...

Rosemary is a crafts enabler......*she says as she finishes the seams on her Molly sweater that she started because Rose was doing a Gryff scarf*