Tag: fair isle

Fair Isle Just Doesn’t Work for Socks

Today I have an actual FO to share and some "experience", free gratis.  You know what experience is, right? "Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted."  ~~ Dan Stanford Ta-da!  Here is the latest in socks for DH. I was pretty against the idea of knitting plain navy blue socks…

Nutcracker Sweet, Part 8 – finishing up

Wow, what a difference a couple of weeks makes!  Here’s what’s happened since we last saw our friend, the Nutcracker sweater… Bodice knitting:  finished. FI panel:  about a million ends woven in. Hems & facing:  sewn down.  Stitching down the hem took a while, because it had to be redone a couple of times to get…

Nutcracker Sweet, Part 7 – the Fair Isle panel

Here we are again —  and believe it or not, progress is being made.  We are up to the Fair Isle panel, which is the most complex part of the whole thing.  Keep breathing. There are a couple of things we need to address here.  One is the yarn substitutions I made — i.e. the color…

Nutcracker Sweet, Part 5 – the fit of the bodice

Or to put it another way, the Turn of the Screw.  Emphasis squarely on the word "screw". Because get ready, kids — here’s where it all falls apart.  Or at least it gets a whole lot more complicated.  Turns out I picked a real doozy to start off the Playing Lessons with…!  But let’s not get…

Nutcracker Sweet, Part 3 – the technicalities

OK, so I’ve got most of the yarn – one color is on order – and I’m on gauge. Most people jump in and start knitting here, but not me. As I’ve said, I’ve learned the hard way that too many projects are doomed to failure in the beginning stages. Besides, I usually end up…