Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Fair Isle Knitting Class

Yesterday, I had a Fair Isle knitting class...oh, it was so fun.
I was going to look up the definition of  
Fair Isle
but I will give you the low down, from my perspective.
I'm making a pretty hat, 
three different colors of yarn and a "pattern"!
Are you ready for that kids, a pattern.

I believe Fair Isle just refers to the technique
of working with many colored yarns on the same project,
and following a real pattern.
Big stuff for me after making approximately 40 plain
Donnie Hats...true story.

Class was in the "Coop", this is our cozy work station.
The gray hat under construction, bottom, middle, that's mine.
With a little bit of luck, it will look like the hat in the center of the table,
I am using purple where they used blue,
black, where they used white!

 In Fair Isle, you work with all the colors you are using,
all at the same time.

Your main color, which is gray for me, is knitting in the "regular" way.
Any colors you add, for me purple and black,
are knitted in your other hand and it feels like a backward motion.

 I worked on the hat when I got home,
and before I went to bed, it looked like this...

 and I got my yarn basket. 
I can't tell you how happy I am with it.
Leanne and her family set this one aside for me
and it's just perfect!!

It's handmade and as deep as the deepest river,
I am hoping there is enough room for all my yarn.

That's a joke...well, not really!!

So it was a wonderful day, all the way around.
Many thanks to Robin for the ride,
I have really enjoyed getting to know you.

If you ever visit the Monmouth County area, a visit to 
is a must. 
Great Alpaca and awesome peeps!!


Muffie said...

I absolutely LOVE Fair Isle. My aunt was an expert at this technique, and I received many beautiful sweaters in patterns that were gorgeous. [btw, Fair Isle is in Scotland, where the form began.] Your work is beautiful -- so precise!

21 Wits said...

Gosh, this does look like fun, and your photos always perfect and you make it all look so easy! BTW, I made Marth'as pasta in a pot last night, I truly liked it, of course hubby, thought it was a bit bland! Well, I'll show him once I put the left over pasta with a special tomato sauce joined with meatballs! The flavor from the pasta after sitting over night will be so delicious!

Debbie said...

i get that karen, i thought my husband might feel that way. we liked the lightness of it, you have to have the right palate to enjoy it. i should have stressed that!! and i also think it is about ease of preparation and "all in one pot". we girls like that!!!

Stephanie said...

Your work is stunning, my friend. I love seeing what you make. And your yarn basket is fabulous!

Enjoy your day. Hugs!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Killroy was here ;O)

Farm Girl said...

How fun Debbie!! I totally love that basket! That is so pretty and I love how deep it is and the colors are wonderful.
I bet you will put that to good use.

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

Hi Debbie I love Fair Isle jumpers. The ones that has only got the pattern at the top. This is a little info on how they got the name. Fair Isle knitting originated on the remote island of Fair Isle - a tiny jewel in the ocean lying midway between the Orkney and Shetland Islands to the north of Scotland in the UK, at the point where the Atlantic Ocean meets the North Sea.

Sally said...

Girl! I already had a headache, and now just thinking about how difficult that has to be, it's worse. Joking, of course but for me it would be. You always amaze me, Debbie! And, that basket is beautiful! :)


MarmePurl said...

I have been waiting for this moment! I just new you would find a way to try something new and adventurous on the needles. Fabulous colorwork. Yup, you sure are hooked on this whole knitting thing.

TexWisGirl said...

haha. knew you'd land that basket. :) i'd be drinking instead of knitting if i attempted that hat.

Gillian Olson said...

Love that basket! The project looks complicated to me, I admire your skill

Leanne Coppola said...

I am smiling can you tell???? I am so happy to see how well you are doing and sharing knitting time with you is wonderful. You have no idea how much I am enjoying this journey with you. See you next week!!!

Rose said...

Looks like so much fun. You sure find some great hobbies and things to do. Love it.

Bonnie said...

I love reading about your knitting. I can't wait to see the finished hat.

karen said...

Pretty hats, pretty basket. Glad you found the knitting basket. I'll be ordering the one like yours but instead of the purple stripe mine will be pink. It will hold some of Isabells my little pikingese puppy toys.

Michelle said...

I am impressed with your knitting!

The Furry Gnome said...

We visited Fair Isle just a few years ago, on an adventure off the coast of Scotland. It's a very isolated island between Scotland and the Shetlands, with only a few families living there, but it's famous for it's knitting! (Which is very expensive to purchase). The style of knitting they developed has become the Fair Isle knitting style. My wife bought a hat, even if we couldn't afford the sweaters.

Latane Barton said...

You are just scooting right along with that knitting. The hat is gonna be so pretty. Lucky recipient.

Judy said...

I did a Fair Isle sweater--once. Fair Isle is a style of knitting from Scotland I think.

Debbie said...

knitting class was so fun and i adore my basket. lots of room for all my pretty yarn!!! and wait until you see my hat, i'm at about the halfway point!!!!!

Adrienne said...

My bosses wife/dear, dear friend is a knitter. You'd just die. She's beyond astonishing. She has a ROOM full of yarn. HAHA! She scrapbooks too. We'd be a good three muskateers! These hats look so pretty - the patterns are "fun"... well, I'm sure once you get the knack, they'll be fun!!

Jill said...

Oh, how I would love to learn Fair Isle knitting but I just don't think I'm coordinated enough for that. Good luck with your project and please do show when you've finished it!

Robin Barraud said...

I had so much fun at class with everyone! I'm also half way done with the hat and I love working with more than one color. Thank you again for the cookies. They were such a big hit in my house.

Unknown said...

Beautiful work, Debbie, and I LOVE your new basket!!!

Debbie said...

thanks judy, so many interesting things i did not know about it!!!!

Debbie said...

yes, class is wonderful!!! it's always great to be around people who share a love for the same things i do. we are almost like three sisters. i am about halfway on my hat also and i am not sure i love the knitting part but the hat looks awesome!!!!!

Debbie said...

thanks can't have it ;)