As any of my regular readers already know, I love to knit.
In recent years, I’ve been “stretching” my knitting skills a bit, trying some more difficult patterns, stitches and techniques, including Fair Isle knitting.
This cardigan is my first (and to date, only) 😉 Fair Isle project I’ve completed:
I love this sweater and have had so many compliments about it already; I want to make another one, this time in a spring/summer cotton yarn.
I’m considering using Willow Yarn Cub .
If you haven’t checked out Willow Yarns yet, you’re in for a treat. They have some beautiful, natural fiber yarns available at prices that are hard to beat.
I’ve already knitted a swatch of this yarn and it looks great, with a the stitches showing up in a very defined way. I also love the soft colors this yarn comes in and the price is great too at $2.49 CDN/50 grams.
Here are the colors I am planning to use for this next cardigan:
This soft yellow for the main color.
And these three colors for the patternworks sections.
I like all 4 of these colors but can’t decide if yellow should be the main color or the mauve or green instead.
Your yarn color opinion please…what do you think?
PS: If you’re considering trying Fair Isle yourself or already have, you might want to check out my latest review over at My Real Life Reviews for : The Very Easy Guide to Fair Isle Knitting by Lynne Watterson. It’s a wonderful book!
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Good luck everyone and happy crafting! 🙂
If you’ve been looking for a knitting resource book to help with “going beyond the basics” check out my recent review of Debbie Stoller’s Stitch ‘N Bitch, Superstar Knitting over at My Real Life Reviews.
Thanks to the tips in this wonderful book, I finally tackled (and succeeded) at making a Fair Isle Sweater. 🙂
Read all the details and see photos here.
I recently finished another pair of handwarmers, this time in a nice bright gold yarn.
I love wearing these over thin black gloves for outside wear. Kind of snazzy, don’t ya think? 😉
These are the same pattern as the ones featured here (includes link to pattern).
This time I was a lot happier with the results, due to the different type of yarn I used.
I used some stash yarn I had in Wool Ease in Gold from Lion Brand for this pair.
The pattern stitches show up so much better than in the ones shown below, which look kind of fuzzy (and not in a good way) LOL :
If you’re looking for an easy pair of handwarmers to knit (and on regular straight needles, not DPN’s) you might want to give these a try.
Happy Crafting! 🙂
These are the first pair of handwarmers that I’ve ever made.
I really had fun making these and I love wearing them when it’s a chilly morning and I’m typing a lot at the computer. They keep my hands and wrists nice and toasty! 🙂
I think they’re rather cute too. I see a lot of women wearing these now, thought it was high time I had a pair too LOL. 😉
I’m making another pair right now that I plan to wear over thin black gloves for outdoor use. These are going to be in bright gold yarn. I’ll share a pic when I’ve got these completed too.
You can find this pattern and lots of other easy, fun (and many free) patterns over at the CreativeYarn blog. Here’s the link for this free pattern: Emerald Green Handwarmers. The woman who hosts this blog is based in Rome so that’s kind of interesting too. Unfortunately, she hasn’t been posting recently but there are a lot of great archive posts and patterns to enjoy over there.
The yarn I used was:
Caron Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) in Gunmetal Grey:
Here’s my review of this yarn, over at My Real Life Reviews.
♥ the pattern but NOT a yarn that I’ll be using again. 😦
Happy Crafting! 🙂