I thought I would share the technique how to swatch a gauge for Fair Isle in the round. Fair isle knitting usually knits up at a smaller gauge, but hopefully this will save some of you the headache of your beautiful projects turning out the wrong size. You want to make sure and knit the first two stitches and the last two stitches on each round together with both strands to secure the edges.
I am a little better today! Still lots of chest congestion, but I at least feel like knitting. Starting a new fair isle project to take to Stitches West in Feb. I got an email regarding our rooms. I am finding that the Stitches events are very organized, which I really appreciate.
New year's resolution is to blog more. :-)
It seems easy to write 2014 for some reason, maybe it is because I am so ready to leave 2013. It was a sad year, after losing our 20 year old niece. She was so you g and full of life. It doesn't seem fair for someone like her to be taken so soon.
I have a call into the doctor this morning. I need to be seen before the weekend. I spent most of the night coughing to the point, I was afraid I was going to crack a rib. The wheezing and shortness of breath is driving me crazy. I won't be going to work today, except to do the banking.
I haven't had a cold like this in probably 15 years. I just don't get sick very often.
Six Fruit pie (Fruit of the Forest) Sheila Joynes version
2 c. Flour
pinch of salt
1 1/2 tsp sugar
3/4 c. crisco shortening
add shortening and use pastry blender to mix until dough resembles large crumbs
5-7 tablespoon ice water.
Add ice water and mix with a fork.shape carefully into two large balls. Do not over handle. Roll out to desired size for bottom and top crust. I brush the top with evaporated cream and sprinkle with sugar.
1-1/2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
1 cup chopped granny smith apples
1 cup chopped rhubarb
1 c. raspberries
1c. blueberries 1c. blackberries
1c. sliced strawberries
I measure fruit while frozen and then unthaw before cooking. Bake 375 degrees 45-50 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
This is one of my new designs that just came out in the latest book from 6th& Spring books. It is in the new "60 More Quick Baby Knits" using Cascade 220 Superwash Sport. I really need to do some more baby and children's designs. I love creating this and it was a joy to knit.
Steeking means to cut in norwegian. I love this technique for Fair Isle. Here is my example of steeking using the Mossbank design from a Jamieson Shetland Knitting book. I love this technique for knitting vests and sweater in the round (tube). You cut between the 5th and 6th steek sts after completing the project to open the tube and then usually pick up stitches to add a border. This is especially useful in fair isle, to avoid having to purl stitches while carrying your yarn. The white thread I inserted along the edge stitches to mark my steeks for the photo. I prefer ten stitches for my steeks. Don't be afraid to cut your knitting!
I love this yarn Swan Island. It is 100% certified organic merino wool and alpaca blends are an inspiration. Their hues are achieved by using only natural dyestuffs, resulting in beautiful yarns with lots of variegation. I have decided to design a new cowl that I have been thinking about for awhile. I am going to use the Winterberry or Garnet. It is so soft and beautiful!!!!! I cast on this morning, so stay tuned.