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Fairly Easy Fair Isle Finally Finished!

Well, my Fairly Easy Fair Isle Cardigan is FINALLY finished! ūüôā

I’ve been planning to knit and then knitting this sweater for a loooong time.

I had some issues with the pattern as I blogged about previously here and of course, the “button hunt” that I blogged about here.

Speaking of the buttons, aren’t these perfect?

Thanks again to Brenda. You found a perfect size and match.

And how hard it was to do just that. I did a LOT of searching for buttons myself, to no avail and had other people looking for me too. Amazing, how hard it was to find the right buttons.

Fairly Easy Fair Isle

In progress.

I decided to block it just like a wool project, to straighten out all the edges. Worked fine:

Back view. I even impressed myself LOL. ūüėČ :

Buttons, buttons, I’ve finally got the buttons. ūüôā

Taaaa daaa….

I’m quite happy with how the sweater turned out.

Yes, I think it would have been even nicer in a wool yarn as the pattern suggested,¬†but I’m ok with how the Jiffy looks, albeit not quite as lush as wool always is. I’m trying to use non-animal based yarns now, whenever possible, that’s why I chose Lion Brand Jiffy for this project.

I would attempt another Fair Isle knit in the future. An easy one that is! It was fun working with all the color yarns and I learned a lot as I progressed with this sweater.

It’s been so hot here, I haven’t even tried it on yet but I think it will fit just fine. Should be nice and toasty for Autumn.

Maybe good for a new avatar photo too! ūüėČ

Happy Crafting!

PS: WordPress blogger ???

Anyone know how to keep line spaces in a post, when using WP? I put in spaces and when I come back to that place on the page, they are no longer there. I don’t know why this happens over and over, but it sure is annoying. ūüė¶¬†

Finally…. Fairly Easy Fair Isle!

Back in 2010 I wrote this post re: the Fairly Easy Fair Isle cardigan from Stitch and Bitch Nation, that I wanted to make.

Well, I finally am!

This is a cardigan that has been very popular around the knitting blogs for a long time and a pattern that is apparently a good way to start working with Fair Isle designs. This is my first attempt at any project like this and I admit, I’m a bit overwhelmed at this point, at the thought of actually getting it done.

But, I’ve tackled other patterns in the past that I thought would be¬†challenging and I managed to work my way through to the end, most times.

And what a great feeling it is to ace a pattern that IS a challenge! ūüôā

I am going to need some help with reading/working¬†the colorworks charts for the yoke and sleeves of this cardigan. The knitting and construction itself, no problem. If anyone is reading this who did make this cardigan, I’d really appreciate any pointers and tips you could send my way. I am an absolute Fair Isle novice but not for long!!!

Here’s a photo of one of these cardigans in darker colors:

I went with spring colors for myself and in a¬†yarn from synthetic¬†fibers. I’m using Lion Brand Jiffy and I’m actually very happy with the quality of this yarn. I am trying to transition away from using wool and silk yarns these days. The cruelty aspect of¬†production of these types of natural fibers, has really turned me off from wanting to use them. I love wool but I don’t love¬†how¬†many sheeps are treated to produce¬†this product.

I choose these colors, what do you think?¬†Made me think of spring! ūüėȬ†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

       

Main Color: Jiffy Dusty Pink

The photo makes the color look a bit brighter than it is.

It’s actually a very pretty dusty rose color.

Main and contrast colors for Fair Isle design

I’m starting with the sleeves as they are worked on straight needles. I need to get another long circular needle to work the body of the sweater. And speaking of the circulars, I’ve gone over this pattern 3 times and I can’t see where the shorter circular needle is actually required? I’m not going to buy that one for now.

If anyone knows of a good site to view Fair Isle tutorials and how to read a chart, do let me know, thank you!  I need all the help I can get.

Wish me luck! ūüôā

Your (Knitting) Opinion Please!

I’ve been planning to make this Fair Isle cardigan from Stitch and Bitch for a LONG time. I had started the pattern in a Lopi tweed but realise now that the Fair Isle pattern will look lost, amidst the flecks in the yarn. It’s time for some serious frogging. ūüė¶

I’m now considering making this pattern in a cotton yarn. This way, it would be wearable indoors and for most of the year. Making it in wool would result in a very toasty sweater, that I probably wouldn’t¬†wear much. I’ve got oodles of very warm sweaters already, most of them languishing in boxes and at the back of the closet.

What do you think? Would a heavy-worsted weight cotton be appropriate for this cardigan?

 

I love the coral or the crimson perhaps for the main color.

¬†I noted this beautiful yarn called: Replay by Tahki¬†on the back of the latest Patternworks catalog and thought it might work for this sweater. Not sure though. Let me know what you think. And thanks in advance for any¬†advice! This will probably take me a while to finish (my first Fair Isle!) I want to be sure I’m going to wear it, a lot! ūüėČ

I was¬†browsing¬†several yarn company’s patterns the other day and came across the wonderful selection of FREE patterns, also over at Tahki Stacy Charles.If you haven’t visited already, definitely worth a look.

So often I find the free patterns offered at yarn sites, seem to be mediocre, sometimes downright sad and a very limited selection. Not the case here.

I also took a look at the latest edition of their Urban Organics  wow! Just in time for summer knitting too.

Have you tried any of the Tahki Stacy Charles¬†patterns? I’d love to know about/see your results if you have.

Cardigan photo courtesy of: Flickr.

Yarn color chart: Tahki, Stacy,Charles

Wow, January 10th, already…

…… time to get moving on the new year in Blogland.

Have had some¬†(unfortunately not¬†fun) issues to deal with, since 2008 began.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ūüė¶

Won’t bore you with those details; suffice to say…..please¬†do send all the good vibes, thoughts and prayers you can…this way. We are not out of the woods yet and not a good way to start off the new year but heh, I’m still hopeful it’s going to be a wonderful year.

In the meantime and on a much more positive note, I’ve been saving up some goodies for my first post of the year so here goes:

On the knit/crochet front (not to mention…. back and sleeves….LOL) see, I can still laugh and that is a good sign.

Made these gorgeous washcloths from some organic cotton yarn¬†I got for Christmas. Here’s the super easy¬† pattern to crochet.

One of the things I REALLY like about crochet, simple stitches like this sedge stitch can look very intricate and difficult but actually not hard at all, just fun.

I was so pleased with the results of these washcloths, featuring the sedge stitch, that I decided to start an afghan using this same stitch throughout. I am stash-busting big-time already and went with this gorgeous Bulky Lopi I had on hand, in deep rich burgundy shade (it’s not the purple as¬†it’s¬†showing for this photo,¬†perhaps just¬†on my screen).¬†

Again, looks difficult but isn’t. And the BIG, BIG hook makes for quick progress. I hope to have this afghan done and ready for snuggling in the next week or two at most.

 

¬†Have really been making an effort to put some meditation and relaxation techniques to good use. Knitting and crochet can be so relaxing, anytime.¬† Tara Jon Manning’s book has been very helpful. To take it to the next level and ‘mindful’ is the key word in making a success of the more contemplative, meditative aspects of the craft.

I also think it’s important to chose your patterns wisely. For me, too complicated = just more stress. And simple, well-designed patterns can¬†yield wonderful results, don’t you agree?

If you haven’t already read this book, you might enjoy browsing through and picking out some of the suggestions you can personally use and relate to. I’m not crazy about¬†the patterns in this book but that really doesn’t detract from the author’s good advice otherwise. It’s not just about patterns in this case. Have any of you read this book? What are your own thoughts on the knitting meditation practises suggested?

Speaking of knitting and fun, fun and more FUN….have you checked out the upcoming Stitch and Bitch¬†cruise or as I like to think of it, The Knit Boat? LOL

This should be such a blast, wish I was going but perhaps next year? Anyone tempted to take this knit-journey extraordinaire? It sounds like a yarn-packed time will be had by all.

I promise, if I win the lottery in the next year….you are all invited to meet me onboard and I’ll have the tickets ready to hand out,¬†ok!!!!¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ūüėČ

Speaking of Stitch and Bitch, have any of you made the Fairly Easy Fair Isle cardigan from Stitch and Bitch Nation? My copy of this book is not easily accessible at this point but I finally managed to borrow a copy and plan to get this cardigan cast on in the near future. 

I think it’s long overdue that I gave Fair Isle knitting¬†a try. I’m hoping this isn’t too much of a challenge but reading the pattern over, I don’t think it will be. Life may be throwing some hard balls right now but the knitting and crochet projects are coming along nicely…probably a good way to cope, right?

Cooking is also therapy for me, and I have a couple of gorgeous desserts to share with you from Allrecipes.com. :

Momma’s Wheat Germ Cookies:

Sam’s Famous Carrot Cake:

Both very delish and so easy to make.

As with most recipes, I did a bit of tweaking and in the case of the cake, made half the recipe (measures can be adjusted right on the Allrecipe site, I used 8 servings instead) and made the following easy but rich and creamy icing to finish the cake:

 Easy Cream Cheese Icing

1- 8 oz. block light cream cheese

3 Tbl. pineapple juice

1 Tbl. lemon juice and the zest of one lemon

4 Tbl. liquid honey (or a bit more, to taste)

coconut shreds and/or crushed pecans for topping .

Combine icing ingredients and allow to chill in refrigerator at least one hour to firm up. Ice cake and add desired toppings.

For the 8 serving size, I used an 8″ x 11″ pan and reduced baking time to 45 minutes. Other changes: Omitted raisins used pecans instead of walnuts and reduced sugar in cake slightly, to taste. This cake is a keeper!

For the cookies: Changes I made, toasted the coconut and wheat germ slightly before adding to mix, omitted dates, reduced sugar by half and made 40 larger cookies instead of 60 as the recipe states. These are moist, chewy and very satisfying. Another keeper!

On to feline news:

How’s this for a hoot…..check out this link for a ribbed cat sweater pattern and photos.

I am considering making this cat sweater for the Mitz. Our little girl (20 years young this year!!!)¬†is always chilly it seems, searching out heat sources and never one to miss the opportunity to burrow under the covers. I really don’t know if she’d wear this sweater (maybe the vest?) but heh, it might be worth a try. How cute she’s gonna look, hard to imagine!!! Right off the cute-o-meter, I’m guessing. I’ve got some burgundy worsted weight in my stash that I think would work well.

I will definitely be sharing a photo IF the Mitz allows it, we shall see.

Another feline- craft find, this time in crochet. I think this Pussycat throw/afghan is really gorgeous and if you check the stitches really closely, they resemble cats sitting on a fence, one row after another…isn’t this a beauty? The pattern is suppose to be quite complicated but again, reading it over, I don’t think it would be too hard to tackle. This one is on the distant back-burner but will not be forgotten. For some reason, downloading this file to print took FOREVER but finally came through.¬†It was worth the wait,¬†I love feline themes in crafts and this one is exceptional I think.

The Veggie Bookstore (sidebar)¬†is now updated with some new suggestions for the new year…..do stop by when you have time for a browse!

Thought I’d finish off this first post of 2008 with a link list to some of my most popular posts to date. I continue to be amazed at the diversity of search terms that bring people to Veggies…. I am grateful for everyone who stops by, especially when they leave a comment! It’s so gratifying to know that people like what you are blogging about and here’s some of the posts that have gotten many a read:

Whatever Happened to Ed Allen (this is my most popular post to date, visits in the thousands!!!)

Recipes that get almost daily visits:

Quickie Cabbage Rolls

Cookies and a Thanksgiving Wish

Quick and Easy Zucchini Stir-fry

Mushroom Stroganoff with Herbed Pasta

The Best Scalloped Potatoes

Naked Cake Eating

Extra Easy and Moist Bran Muffins

and one of my poems to add to the list:

Poem for Autumn

‘See’ you all soon and please¬†do keep those positive thoughts and vibes a-coming!¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ūüôā