Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Fair-Isle, Finally

After three years of resistance, the fair-isle bug has finally got me. I figured I was long overdue to delve into the world of color patterning. Still, I decided it would be best to start with something basic. That said, I chose the Fairly Easy Fair-Isle sweater from Debbie Stoller's Stitch n' Bitch Nation as my jumping off point. Right now, I've finished the sleeves, and am more than half-way done with the yoke, which, being full of fair-isle, really is the fun part. Hopefully, I'll have pictures of the completed project posted by the end of this weekend.

I've gotta say, realizing that fair-isle doesn't have to be so complicated opens up a whole new world for me. The cardigan, even with the fair-isle, is an extremely basic pattern. Why didn't I try this a long time ago? The possibilities are endless. But before I get too cocky, a week or so ago, I stumbled across the blog of a knitwear designer, Eunny Jang, who deserves all of our praise and adoration. If you have a moment, check out her blog, called See Eunny Knit! She is incredible, and certainly puts me in my place as an admiring amateur. Her site includes works-in-progress, past projects, patterns (for free and for sale) and very well done tutorials. Eunny, you are my new hero.