Keep Practicing

In between the crocheting, I have been practicing my fair isle knitting. It’s quite a thing to knit with 2 threads of yarn at a time, but I think I’m getting the hang of it.

On my recent trip to Europe, we stopped in a little town in Austria called Melk, here I found a little yarn shop as we were walking back to the boat. As we only had an hour before the boat sailed and everyone was cold and needed a coffee, I had to do my shopping fast, very fast, so I asked the shop owner to show me all her local yarns. I chose Seide made by Ferner Wolle, it’s a 50% blend of wool and silk, so I bought two balls of each colour she had.

Got home and looked at my purchase and wondered what on earth am I going to do with 16 balls of wool! Then it came to me, a few years ago, I bought a book with the most amazing patterns and ideas called “Color by Kristin” written by Kirstin Nicholas. Looking though the book I found a Child’s Sampler Scarf that said “Keep Practicing”As. I don’t have children living in South Africa in need of a scarf, but I do have a daughter in the making, my eldest is getting married to a girly that lives in New York, and she can make use of it.

I adapted the pattern from 40 to 80 stiches and managed to knit it in the round on a 61cm/24”circle needles using designs that can be divided by 2, 4, 5, 8, 10 and 20. At present the scarf is 124cm/49” long x 23cm/9” wide.

I did send her a picture of the scarf asking if she thought it too “bright”. Her reply “Nikki – its beautiful!! Really, I love bright!. They need color in winter.” I can see why my son love it there!

Have an amazing week, till next time.

Love
NikkiM

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29 thoughts on “Keep Practicing

  1. Hello Nikki. I love Fair Isle knitting a lot…. and the best of it you never work with more than two colours at the same time (I do it with one colour left hand, the other right hand). Your scarf looks really nice and warm .

  2. Nikki I love this – still so jealous – I need a knitting teacher! But understand in South Texas winter does not arrive – but when we go to Arizona I can use my winter clothes. Beautiful work – you are so talented!

  3. I have only made one or two Fair Isle projects but loved doing it. I wondered about hiding the messy back with a scarf, but knitting in the round is the perfect answer. Winter clothes can be dull and dreary. This will be the perfect pick-me-up.

  4. Pingback: Tired of Snow? Here’s Some Color Therapy to Warm You Up | Kit Dunsmore's Blog

  5. I am knitting the Lidiya Rowan dress in Ravelry. Every 5rows there are 3! strands. I was all thumbs at first, now I actually look forward to those rows! Our brains adapt. It’s so easy now

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