Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Success!

What a great little project to learn fair isle.



started: November 13, 2005
finished: November 14, 2005
pattern: Evergreen Gift bag from Handknit Holidays
yarn: Peruvian Collection Highland wool
adjustments: I did it in a little smaller gauge. I think this helped the look of the fair isle. I tried to magic loop inside out...but it's really awkward to do. It did help when doing the tree motif then I flipped it right side out to continue.

Here is a close up of the fair isle.



I am really happy with it. Blocking did help any wonky stitches (I blocked it over a large ice tea canister). There was no "picking" here. I need more practice to keep an even gauge with my "throwing". I was trying to do the jogless colour join...I really am not sure how to do it. Does anyone know of anyone doing an online tutorial of it...with photos for those of us who need to see it?

Here is a shot of the bottom, the decreasing is simple and makes a beautiful base.



Fun and quick to knit, while learning a new technique. Plus, another Christmas gift is done!

25 comments:

adele said...

Wow, beautiful. I have my eye on this project too so that I can learn fair isle.

Is it a decent size?

Areli said...

Your little bag is very cute. Your fair isle looks great.

grumperina said...

It's beautiful! I really like the i-cord (?) tie, as well as the base.

Anna said...

It's gorgeous! I *love* the colours!!

christine said...

Beautious!!! Love the colors, still! What do I need to do to be on your Xmas list? (LOL)

caro said...

Looks great! Nice job!

Angela said...

Very nice! I just got my copy of the book yesterday and can't wait to get started on some projects. You've already got so much done!

Stephanie said...

Wow. You're just amazing. I'm jealous. All those finished Christmas gifts and such cute ones too. Your fair isle looks fabulous - that's such a great pattern.

goodkarma said...

What a lovely gift. The colors go together so well. And no one would ever guys it was your "learn how to do fair isle" project!

eastern white said...

gorgeous bag!! and a really good x'mas present.

Sonya said...

Wow, that is a wonderful bag! I've also been looking for a good learn Fair Isle project. I'll keep this in mind. It's a perfect gift project too.

Kira said...

Lovely decreases on the bottom of the bag! And the whole thing looks great.
I have the book, I just need more time!

Diana said...

Carolyn, you are Christmas gift knitting machine! I am in awe of your progress so far. The fair isle on this bag came out perfect.

Jo said...

It's beautiful, I can't believe how neat your fair isle stitches are.

Laura said...

So beautiful! You knit so fast! Or perhaps sleep so little?

Acornbud said...

That bag has the coolest bottom, too. Great work!

Julia said...

Turned out just perfect! And I love the evergreen pattern, trees are the best:-)

Wannietta said...

It's wonderful - you did a fantastic job!

Lolly said...

It really is beautiful, Carolyn. WHat a great way to learn too. Maybe I will look into this project... yours turned out so well!

Becky said...

Oh it's spectacular!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's perfect. I'm so impressed now I have to make one!

Wool Winder said...

Beautiful job!

Colleen said...

Fantastic!!!

jennifer said...

gorgeous! what a lovely gift - lucky luck someone!

Jen said...

very nice first fair isle project. I especially like that there's a turning row before doing the decreases on the bottom to helpt he bag stand up.

As for your jogless color join, I've only seen it for stripes on a hat and am not sure if this applies to your particular question. Anyway, a quick search took me here. Good luck!

Jessica said...

It's gorgeous. Nicely donei