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Yes I did it. I Fair Isle’d

Posted by mmmshado on August 4, 2006

Last night I became initiated to a new knitting technique (new to me that is)- the wonderful world of Fair Isle or I guess more accurately Stranded color knitting. Granted it was for a simple pattern and only about 5 repeats but there I was with my right hand twisting away. In some weird moment, I felt like I had done Fair Isle before because it came so quickly and my fingers already knew what to do despite it being clunky and awkward at first.

Is there such a thing as intuitive knitting? I think so.

I remember reading about people who taught themselves and followed the “if it looks right, it must be right” school of knitting very successfully. I felt that last night- I just knew that the way the yarn was acting would look beautiful once the colors were added. I have Grumperina’s latest post to thank. She picked up a book of Estonian knitting patterns and I really did feel like I was putting off my Fair Isle instruction. When intuition doesn’t always come natural for me, I feel anxiety. Major anxiety actually. To the point where I told myself that I really wasn’t interested at all in color knitting but I knew that was a lie- I’m a color addict! Yes those colors might be tweedy and dark but they are colors nonetheless.

This gives me new hope for the project that I’ve been working on for a while- the Monkey backpack from Stitch ‘N Bitch. Last weekend I started back on the gusset after teaching myself how to pick up stitches. In a fit of anger of some sort or impatience, I ripped out the needle and told myself if I really wanted to work on it again, I’d find a way to get the stitches back on the needle. Well, I did and I learned how to do it without even twisting the stitches. Again my intuition was working overtime there and I’ve given the project some much needed attention and might be able to finish it in the coming weeks.

Finally, this new foray into stranded knitting sparks more ideas for my trips to Woolcott this weekend for their big 28th Anniversary Celebration. I’ll be sure to post my procurements of course.

So, here’s to intuitive knitting and major sales!

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Happy Saturdye!

Posted by mmmshado on July 24, 2006

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Well, the weekend has ended and I’m back to being the responsible blue shirt and brown pants wearing Jeff that I shed in light of the freedom that Saturday and Sunday give me. It’s been a while since I’ve had some weekend time to pursue some projects I’m really interested in- and I was ready.

 So started the first ever Saturdye for me. KnitPicks.. check. Kool aid I started collecting months ago check. Casserole dish purchased. Plastic cups check. Microwave not stolen? Check. And combine everything, you get… thewholesetup.JPG

I didn’t think I was going to be so persnickety (read “anal retentive”) about setting up everything but my scientific mind kicked in as well as my color theory mind.. warmtocool.JPG

where I tried lining things up in a color wheel as well as warm to cool as you see above.

 The whole process with all the mini-skeins I did took about 4 hours. You can see the rest of the results in my Flickr account (just click on one of the photos above and it should take you there luckily.)

 Once the yarn was up to dry and all my work had been done, I took myself to my favorite movie theatre in the world, Coolidge Corner Theater, and saw Russian Dolls which I walked out of feeling surprisingly French and both satisfied and disappointed in the world at the same time. It made me want to be home and working on my knitting actually- to find completion through my projects.

 It’s a discombobulated first entry into the blogging world I’ll admit- I’m going to start looking for a good blog client to run on my computer at home to make this whole process work better for me. Right now, I’m shaky.

 Welcome Jeff to the world of blogging.

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