Thursday, January 29, 2015

Third Times the Charm


I have knit a couple of fair isle items - mittens and hand warmers.  Both small projects.  I knew I had a lot to learn and more then a few hours of practice before I would be happy with anything I made by this method. But why let a little thing like that stop me.


I saw and fell in love with a vest from Vogue Knitting Early Fall 2014 - The Waistcoat designed by Franklin Habit.  I loved the vest and thought of my son when I saw it. 



I immediately ordered "Bugga" yarn from Verdant Griffon in Black Hole Evaporation (black) and Persephone (red).  I walked over to the yarn store and bought the 2 needles I would need.  The yarn came, was wound and I cast on.  I knit and knit and knit.  


And it puckered.  It didn't seem like it was puckering as I knit it but it puckering snuck in when I wasn't looking.  So I frogged the thing, rewound the yarn and cast on for the second time.  I knit and knit and knit and knit.  It didn't seem like it was puckering.  I searched the web for any tidbit of info I could find.  I read enough to convince myself that it wasn't puckering too bad and would come out in the blocking And so I kept knitting.  Then I had to start decreasing for the arms and back.  As there were less stitches on the needle the stitches started to stretch and I saw, for the first time, what fair isle is suppose to look like.  So I frogged the whole thing, again. 


I rewound the yarns, again.  And for a third time I cast on.  I am taking care to spread my stitches this time.  At the same time I'm trying to keep the proper yarn tension so I don't get wonky stitches.  It is slower then plain stockinette but oh so pretty.  


And my concerns over blocking it out have disappeared.   
Good thing too because I can just see the look on my sons face as I try to explain blocking to him.