Things have been so busy this year that I've been really inconsistent with posts. But now that I've got a little time off, not only am I going to post, I actually have things to post about and have time to take the photos.
First. Natural color fair isle sweater.
One of the projects I've had on my plate for a while now has been spinning yarn for a fair isle sweater using natural wool colors. Quite a while ago, I finished a large hank of chocolate colored wool (which, of course, I can't find now but it will turn up). Just this past week or so, I've finally finished 2 other of the colors. I thought I would use a natural white for the background color and an Ashland Bay "Apple Green" color for the "pop" of color.
Another project I got finished was a cloud of fiber I bought recently at the Bishop Hill Spin In from Fae Ridge Farms in Iowa. I've done a number of these clouds from her. She uses a number of types of fiber, each of which takes the dye differently and she adds some interesting highlights to give the spun yarn a lot of depth and texture. See what you think:
And finally, this.
Row 1: Knit 3, purl 3 across the row. It's a 6-stitch repeat so I cast on 48 stitches.
Row 2: Knit 1, purl 1 across the row.
Repeat the 2 rows.
That's it. That's absolutely all there is to it. It allows for a nice transition from color to color, it's reversible and it's an interesting texture. What more could a guy ask for? Right?
Now I'm off to keep knitting and to finish the flax I'm spinning for a friend and to finish the white for my sweater. Of course, it would be nice to find the dark brown, too.
P.S. The project bag is from my friend, Karen at Karen Poulakos Studios. If you're anywhere near Arkansas, she'll be at the Arkansas Fiber Arts Extravaganza on December 5-6. She's got some great project bags, knitting needles and other fun stuff.