Thankful for colorwork + a sneak peek + 5 Fair Isle resources

Beyond cooking and, let’s face it, cleaning for guests, this week I plan to get in some quality Mom time. Let me describe my mom—she’s a knitter/spinner/weaver who makes the best pies and is always followed by a flurry of little dog and bits of wool fluff. She introduced me to the needles and to bad jokes. We can chat and knit for hours quite happily. Needless to say, I hope my other guests are bringing their own entertainment.


I recently bought a bunch of Brown Sheep Nature Spun in nine colors—I’d like to spend some of that fireside time swatching for a colorwork sweater. Maybe something like this southwestern number.

I had originally been thinking pullover, but cardigans are so wearable. I think a busy Fair Isle pullover becomes a signature piece that demands its own outfit, while an equally crazy cardigan can be thrown on with anything. And when you work from home like I do, those go-with-anything sweaters get worn a lot.

Mom instilled a love of Fair Isle in me quite young. I went crazy over her Alice Starmore books and she just said “Okay!” to my ambitions. One of my first sweaters was Faroe (Ravelry link). I was fourteen or so when I knit this, with a lot of advice coming from over my right elbow, of course. Thanks to good wool, it still looks great.

I love to put colorwork designs in Knitscene, but I know they have limited appeal. Some knitters aren’t comfortable choosing their own colors. Some of our readers haven’t tackled stranded knitting yet. And if a project has a steek, that really drives down reader interest, especially in a magazine that touts itself as simple-stylish-spirited. But I know there’s a chunk of you who love colorwork, and especially love to see modern and flattering uses of the technique. So we offer a little stranding from time to time, just for you <3

Because I’m on a colorwork kick and to show some thankfulness to our Knitscene readers this week, I thought I’d give a sneak peek of the colorwork projects coming up in the Winter/Spring issue (due out January). This is a small collection that explores constructions that don’t require steeking or working stranded in rows. Isn’t it fun?


If you’re into colorwork, here are some great resources:

Happy Thanksgiving to you all; I hope your week is filled with knitting and loved ones. And pie.

~ lisa 

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