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  • Am I really the first one?
    I just want to say that I am humbled by your st*rm*re. I think I may have to go home and send my entire stash to someone more deserving, as I don’t think, even in my brightest moments, I could even ATTEMPT something like that.
    I will go hide in the corner with my Pacific Northwest Shawl and my stalled out Rogue now…

  • Gorgeous! I don’t care if it’s the least-popular – it’s the MOST gorgeous. I think I might make 2006 the Year of Fair Isle for me. No excuses.
    Bring on the polls! I’m in a voting mood. 😉

  • Cable knit AND fair isle? In the same sweater? will I live long enough to finish it…..
    Love your AS – beautiful colourings….

  • I, too, am working on an unpopular Starmore (Rheingold, by Jade S.) Mine is unpopular, I think, because it is mostly shades of yellow, which everyone is convinced is a bad color. But they are wrong! Just come back in five years when I finally finish the dang thing and you’ll see how great it is!

  • Wow, how cool is the “other” side of your fair isle sweater! I love the colors in it….especially great when you live in perpetual darkness for 29 days, you NEED some colors! As for the perfect sweater, I’ve got my pencil ready to vote. I just hope it won’t be too hard to decide!

  • No glasses, that’s a crime.
    That Fair Isle stuff is amazing, and I am in awe of your interior neatness. Why isn’t it a tangled mess of over and under stuff?? I’d for sure need bifocals for that kind of work!

  • Ann, I could never knit something like that, and I certainly couldn’t ever bring myself to CUT INTO SOMETHING THAT GORGEOUS THAT I’D SLAVED OVER!!!! Stunning, just stunning. If I wore a hat I’d take it off.

  • Mary de B–That’s the beauty part of two-handed Fair Isle. The yarns are held one color in each hand–there are never more than two colors in any row–and the two yarns naturally alternate without tangling. It is the darndest thing. I despise tangled yarns. These yarns never tangle. Purely miraculous. Really different from intarsia.

  • Emily–LOL! We should start an Unpopular Starmore Knitalong. None of those mauvey, fussy Fair Isle for us. Bring on the YELLOW!

  • Did I miss our Jam phase?
    So glad Keava is back. Cutting steeks is a thrill–better than skydiving (probably). I think this is where you need to figure out how to get a video feed to the blog. I, for one, want to be there.

  • Just tell’em you wear contact lenses for state occasions, like sitting for a woodcut picture.

  • Whoa! That’s some serious knittin’ you got goin’ on there. The thought of steeking causes me to hyperventilate.

  • Whoa! That’s some serious knittin’ you got goin’ on there. The thought of steeking causes me to hyperventilate.

  • Keava is getting so big! Remember a while ago you had an entry on switching yarns by plying them together so you don’t have to darn in the tails? I did a search on Keava, but can’t find the entry – can you give me a hint in my search? I’m going to keep trying. It was a thing of continuous beauty.

  • spit splicing, annhb. Try Heather’s “Dolly Dimple Knits” blog. I think she was the one who turned us on to this technique
    If you do it in the checkerboard steek, no one is the wiser.

  • *speech slightly slurred from a weekend in the lounge*
    Wooo-hooo, perfect sweater, woohoooo. K, I vote yes. Huh? Oh okay, D.
    What? not tme to vote yet…can I vote for more limes? We’ve been out since Saturday..
    Boo-teee-ful sweater BTW, just goegeous!

  • My, what nice steeks you have! Lovely, lovely sweater.
    I am really happy that we are going with consensus. It will be great to stretch the brain for something other than eluding small hollering boys.

  • I think fair isle is gorgeous, although technically, the closest I’ve come to making one is patterned Scandinavian sweaters–not actual Fair Isle, but really, they’ve got some definite similarities! And yes, the knitting of fair isle is addictive and mesmerizing (not to mention extra warm for the finished product from all those floaters). In fact, come to think of it, I haven’t done any color work in a while . . .

  • I’m glad consensus won, because I cast accidently cast a ballot for Pat Buchanan disguised as I think “Serene Highness Option.”
    Love, Love, Love the book cover!

  • the fair isle is B E A U T I F U L!!! Just attended a knitting retreat where we learned a bit about the original fair isle knitting. love it love it love it.

  • ann…..i heart and soul your ambidextrous-ity!

  • Here’s what *really* happens when there are only 64 other people on the island and there is no sun. Note the lack of Fair Isle knits.

  • ooops. frames darnit.
    Go to “Past” (top left) and then “Religion and Culture.”

  • i love the keava colors 🙂

  • Collective schmollective, hon. I already live in a democratic system where the majority enjoys a tyranny over the rest, so call me a dissenter from here on out. Knitting is a personal pleasure for me after all, and I enjoy my little corner of selfishness in an otherwise selfless life. You’ll find me in the lounge. Smooches.

  • oh yeah, I almost forgot; keava is looking great. You’ve been keeping secrets! Go Ann go!

  • Funny that Keava is back, when Suzani suddenly started calling loudly from the big box in the bathtub where she has been sleeping for the past year. Suzi is even putting crazy thoughts in my head like “finish me this winter.” Insanity, I tell you, but at the rate you are going on Keava I will not be able to put her off.
    (P.S. — The steeking thing? It really does work. And is strangely liberating to your knitterly life. Right before you cut, just think of it as knitted fabric, not knitted stitches. What a concept!)

  • Consensus is good. But…what happened to the frozen margaritas? With salt.
    That feels better.
    Now, about the book cover. I think they’re assuming that once y’all start making those big publishing bucks you will both immediately get lasik eye surgery.

  • Love seeing other knitters doing Fair Isle and I wear my Tree of Life (stranded) pullover inside out as well!
    The WS of Fair Isle, or some stranded, knitting can look like overshot coverlets, because of the floats.
    And steeks? LOVE ‘EM – do them all the time, even on solid color in the round garments, like raglans.

  • Not to fret Ann. We will each use our gold metallic paint markers and give you and Kay each a pair of stylish specs before we open the cover of the book. Scouts Honor! (And yes, I was a Scout and still am registered as a leader so I have to keep my vow or all my badges will sprout moth holes). Keava is gorgeous and if you think those colors are loud, you haven’t seen my youngest’s contribution to the cotton yarn stash. The yarn almost glows in its purple, pink, yellow and orange-ness. (Not all in the same ball- even I draw the line somewhere!)