Fruity Knitting Podcast

By Kay Gardiner
January 28, 2017

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  • I’ve done Fair Isle flat and, look, I’m alive! There was a reason for it which escapes me now. (Ann, stop grinding your teeth like that.)

  • I was an early adopter of Fruity Knitting as well. Love your review!

  • I’ve recently discovered Fruity Knitting — in fact, I just did a blog post recommending it yesterday, funnily enough! I loved the fair isle episode — and that fabulous Ozzie and Harriet episode 😀

  • I do not understand this aversion to purling and flat knitting. Where is it written that we all have to use circular needles and steeks? I have knitted very complex stranded patterns, Fair Isle and non-symmetrical celtic designs. The purl side was no more difficult than the knit side. It’s just what you are used to, I guess.

    • Shandy,
      I’m swatching a couple of Marie Wallin sweaters with Fair Isle in the flat. Did you have any resources for purling with two hands? I am having trouble holding both strands at once.

  • Fruity Knitting, Episode 6, cutting a steek, Scotch involved coincidentally! Don’t have the climate to wear knitwear of this density but so enjoy learning and the great range of information in each episode.

    • LOVED the steek-cutting episode! Result of the final snip pretty spectacular. MDK put me on to FK a while ago. And I too am a proud patron. Andrew and Andrea are absolutely worthy of our support!

  • I’m a proud FK patron! Check out their Patreon page to contribute!

  • I have come to really enjoy stranded knitting, whether Fair Isle, Icelandic yoke, or other. I haven’t done much intarsia, but my insane project last spring was a pair of fingerless gloves from a free pattern (Whose Side Are You On?, available via Ravelry). They sport Fair Isle-type stranded colorwork in the round in blue and black….no big deal. But they also have, on the backs of the hands, a round medallion that is half Captain America’s shield and half Iron Man’s arc reactor. In red, white, blue, and black. I opted to be completely bat-sh*t crazy and combine stranding in the round WITH intarsia in the round. The blue and black go all the way around every round, because they are in the back AND front of the hand. The red and white go back and forth as intarsia, because they are used only on the back of the hand.

    Intarsia in the round totally is doable. I just think maybe I’ve done it for the last time (which actually was my second, because I knitted a pair of socks with intarsia roses on the cuffs, the York and Lancaster pattern by Tsock Tsarina). I found the slipping stitches, twisting yarns, working backwards, and such got tedious quickly. On the other hand, the results are STUNNING. Those little gloves probably were my biggest knitting challenge yet, and I’ve knitted queen-sized bed sized allover lace shawls in cobweb yarn. I wore the gloves with pride to the Captain America: Civil War premiere with my Black Widow cosplay. I wear them every chance I get, because they’re awesome.

    • They sound incredible! Off to rav-stalk you so I can get a glimpse of ’em.

  • I was a huge and early proponent of intarsia ITR – at one point I had instructions for four different methods posted on my knit-blog. All it takes is hearing someone say “it can’t be done in knitting” and I’m off to disprove it! 😉