While this is clearly not the best photo I have put on here it is at least showing the progress I have made since the start of the Ravelympics began on February 12th.
I have completed the Fair Isle around the bottom of the sweater and the textured pattern repeat has 12 rows and I have completed 5 repeats so far.
The pattern by Alice Starmore is well written and the graphs are a pleasure to work with. There will eventually be Fair Isle around the sleeve cuffs and also around the neck band too.
While this sweater will not be completed by Sunday February 28th I achieved my goal which was to learn and finish the Fair Isle band so am very pleased. As Folsom has a mild month of March I suspect that the first time I will wear this sweater will be the Winter of 2010/2011
Well tonight’s the night we get to the starting line here in Folsom at 6pm.
I have wanted to make this particular sweater by Alice Starmore since I purchased this book from Matthew Wright who used to own The Yarn Garden in San Francisco in 1996.
This will be my first attempt at Fair Isle since a disaster in 1976. My guage in that pattern was too tight and I also used to knit very tight so the v neck all over Fair Isle vest fitted a large teddy bear instead!
This sweater is knit in the round so there is absolutely no way I will have this completed in the two and a half weeks we are allowed to spend working on the projects. All I am hoping for is to have the Fair Isle border completed and perhaps be part way up the textured part of the body.
Have to admit to being very excited but also a little nervous – have I taken on more than I can do . But while I do have a couple of WIP on needles that well and truly qualify for that event, I decided that I need to branch out and learn another technique this year.