Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Too Much for 1 Title

You remember this hat, right? Well now it has a buddy to match. Presenting scarfness!

Are you ready to see what I'm working on now? Because I finished the scarf last week sometime and the next day started on my next project. I decided to dive RIGHT into the Fair Isle Sweater Vest thing that I said I was going to do. I didn't find any patterns that I liked so as usual, I decided to wing it and make up my own pattern. Here's the motif I picked for the panel across the chest. I think it's going to be really cute.

Here's my 'vision' of what I hope it'll resemble when I'm finished, except the colors are grey, blue and purple instead of what this looks like, substitute the purple in your mind with the pink in the picture.

Here I am doing my first trial and error stranding. Continental with the left hand and English with the right hand. Guess what? IT WORKS AND I CAN DO IT! I decided to try it first around the bottom just above the waistband ribbing. I didn't want to get all the way up to the panel and suddenly discover my fingers wouldn't co-operate with me and my plans.

But it worked just find and my little practice strips look ok. The purple color is on the bottom and the blue is the upper strip. Of course I went with every other stitch and they are offset from each other for interest with a strip of grey between them. I'm really proud of how it looks so far.

The yarn is the Navajo stuff from my local LYS, it doesn't even come with a label, but the colors are SO great and it feels awesome. It is going to full very nicely, but not too much. I don't think I'll end up doing steeks after all, but I'm still not sure about that. I'm winging it, after all, writing the pattern as I go and I'll be fitting it to myself with waist decreases and increases. I'm SO happy to be knitting again.


Shannon said...

I love what you are doing with the vest, I mean really love it. I hope you are writing that pattern down as you go because it surly looks like a good one. *hint* *hint*

May said...

Awesome! I'm all about winging it and following sudden bursts of inspiration, especially if it involves fair isle!! :)

Oh, and isn't knitting with both hands the coolest thing ever?

Rebekah said...

It looks like a lovely design. i wish I had that type of artistic ability, but I'm pretty much stuck on letting others figureo ut the pattern thing.

Great scarf! Your head and neck will be quite comfy this winter.

Isabelle aka Tricotine said...

Guess what? That is how I do Intarsia too... You rock girl! Your Design looks great! :-))

Luv' the scarf 2!


AmyP said...

Very cool fair isle. It reminds me a little of a jumper pattern from a knitty waaay back when, but yours has more detail.
Can't wait to see it in all its glory.

lobstah said...

That scarf looks cool--is it sideways garter stitch? Also love the vest concept and the colors, I bet it will be gorgeous. Isn't it great when you realize you can knit with a yarn in each hand? I was amazed when I did it but I can't figure out why knitting just continental (on a non-fair isle project) doesn't work as well for me.

Susan said...

Beautiful! You little ambidextrous knitter, you!