Thursday, March 23, 2017

Another good day with Tannehill. I should join in the third skein tomorrow, and I’m not a million miles from the point where I separate back and front at the underarm. I think a picture would be a good idea, although I don’t trust it to do justice to the beautiful colour. Tomorrow.

I spent some time wandering around the internet last night, while waiting for the nurse to come. I discovered that Jamieson & Smith offer a kit based on a particular sweater in the Shetland Museum which is illustrated in Mucklestone’s book and which I mentioned only a couple of days ago – the one in which the pattern in every lozenge is different.

The J&S text says that in the original sweater, the different-ness extends to the back, but that they have simplified things by making the back and front identical, lozenge-wise. They phrase it more elegantly.

The odd thing is that this kit is “currently unavailable”. Why on earth? They must have the pattern, and it uses nothing but shades of their own Shetland Heritage yarn.

I haven’t advanced either with colouring-in the squares in Excel or downloading the allegedly free copy of Stitch and Motif Maker. The idea is to spend a happy weekend knitting the next 15-row border pattern, and another peerie, onto the swatch-scarf. The border has already been planned, and coloured however clumsily with pen and pencil. Then when it is finished, I hope it will itself prompt the next experiment and that’s when I can try colouring by computer.

Ravelry suggested the other day looking at your friends’ projects if you find yourself drained of inspiration. That’s how I found MaureeninFargo’s Fair Isle sweaters – her husband is wearing the vest Meg designed for Knitter’s magazine and also published with accompanying video. Then Maureen must have transformed the pattern into a cardigan for herself. The result is rather impressive.


  1. Thanks for the link to Maureen's projects; my gosh! I felt very inadequate scrolling through all that glory.

  2. Yes, aren't Maureen's projects wonderful? I note that the vest uses the same peerie pattern throughout, reversed alternately to add dynamic movement, but without making it simply random.

  3. Wonderful projects! And that glass of Guiness looks much better than the lame one Paul Ryan used in the St. Patrick's day mess. I hope the nurses arrived and all is fine.

    1. Thanks Mary Lou! That Guinness was enjoyed in the Liffey in Saint Paul on Tuesday, and the picture of the two of us was at the Gaelic Storm concert the same night in the Fitzgerald Theater there......Gaelic Storm's most recent album is "Matching "Sweaters".......

  4. I wonder if that J&S sweater kit isn't available at the moment because they are short one of the colours. I've actually had my eye on that pattern for quite some time. I'm just not sure I have the stamina to knit a long sleeve Fair Isle sweater in fingering weight yarn. A vest is one thing, a sweater another entirely. And to think Maureen did both!

  5. Anonymous2:19 AM

    Clearly Fair Isle really suits some super technical and creative knitters.
    I recently came across a vest adapted by Alix Pearson -

    I have made some stranded mittens but I don't feel ready for larger (or fitted) items yet.

    Looking forward to your photos when you can get to them (and the light cooperates).