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  • Oh god. Not the answer I was looking for. I wanted you to say it was all ugly and icky and would never fit. Not that it looked HARD! That’s like saying double dare or something!
    I don’t think I’ll be trying it any time soon. I’ve never done fair isle – and I’m up to my ears in short rows – so it may take a couple of years to get to it. Maybe when I look like the beautiful model in the book. 😉
    Thanks for the answer though.

  • I’m a daily reader, and I decided to take the plunge. Four skeins of my handspun are entered into the Evergreen State Fair in Washington. Having spun for less than a year, I don’t expect to win, but hopefully I’ll get some kind of ribbon!

  • What I’m wondering is this: How come somebody hasn’t figured out how to make yarn for sweaters like this, the same way they make yarn for patterned socks? I mean, really, how hard could it be? People think you’re the best knitter on earth when they see you in Opal socks (and who needs to tell them otherwise?) So … why not this sweater?
    One yarn….no ends to darn in ….
    I think I’m onto something here! Could somebody call Opal and ask them?
    It’s more than a MONTH ’til our State Fair here in Virginia, and now I’m so impatient! I’m going on Saturday 9/24 and my fingers … they are crossed!
    Ann, welcome back to suburbia!

  • inquiring minds still want to know about those durn cute felted animals in your found objects column. i’ve shown them to more than a few knitters, and we’re all blown away by them, and wish for an entire blogpage devoted to their wonderfulness.

  • The fair isle short rows make me dizzy just thinking about it…whooboy, that photo makes it worse. I’ll be happy to watch someone else jump off that bridge, while I take on Teva’s more simple delights 🙂

  • thanks for the response. and the blog link! hehe
    hmm, yeah, i thought you might call it ugly…but man. saying it’s difficult? *pshaw* this from the woman creating that gorgeous striped sweater with embroidered fronds? you are you trying to kid?
    i would love to see someone else knit this first. Sarah (http://habsgirl.blogspot.com) was thinking of attempting it.
    i think i still might make it…

  • That short-row fairisle is amazing!
    (note to self – must go to library & order that book!)
    If I weren’t spending all my time knitting & felting bags right now (2 local galleries have agreed to take them yippeee!!!), well, more to the point, lining & trimming the darn things (love the knitting, learning to deal with handstitching silk or velvet linings in!), then I’d be up for the fairisle!
    In the meantime, it’d be great to watch someone else knit it!

  • Ha! Sorry, but I feel that the short-row fair isle comes under the category of “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” At least for me. While it is an amazing feat of architecture, I’m afraid I just don’t like it. I will not be unfaithful to the Goddess of Traditional Fair Isle Knitting.

  • I have to agree with Wendy- the short rows kind of remind me of those awful 80’s shirts/vests/jackets that had all the zippers that opened to reveal glimpses of (often mismatched) fabric underneath. UGH! And Ann, ‘tho I have never had the slightest inclination to bungee jump, I did (in my much slimmer youth!) love me some rappelling. Waiting anxiously for a glimpse of the completed Fiddlehead sweater.

  • heh. Teva has an awful zippered sweater in the book as well

  • Fair isle short rows?!
    I think I’ll go lay down a bit 😛

  • i just wanted to add that i adore mail, too. the internet makes me happy if only because it’s another way to acquire mail, even if more spam arrives in my inbox than in my mailbox.
    there’s nothing more exciting than a handwritten note, whether typed or scribed in pen!

  • Ann, I would eat that Koigu with mascarpone flavored ever so lightly with marsala for dessert. Or if you’ve got the taste for savory, wind it into small balls and stuff the centers with roquefort. mmmm, c.

  • The fair isle is very beautiful. Wow.