Saturday, September 29, 2012

Fair Isle and Basketweave

I learned something new about Shetland wool today:

"Like most traditional Fair Isle garments produced before the 1940s, the yarn used to knit this cardigan was worsted spun. This process -- in which the raw wool is combed rather than carded, then drawn short, and spun so that the fibres sit parallel to one another -- produces a yarn with a smooth hand, and a very even finish. Many old Fair Isle garments have a slight 'sheen' that is the result of the smooth worsted yarns that have been used to knit them."

I've never made anything with a Fair Isle pattern, mainly because I find charts confusing to follow. I'm not an intuitive knitter - I need to have every step spelled out. But I'd love to try making a Fair Isle garment with this gorgeous wool:

"This is Shetland Heritage yarn. It is the result of an exciting collaboration between the Shetland Museum and Archives, the Shetland Amenity Trust, Curtis Wool Direct, and Jamieson and Smith -- the idea being to produce a modern yarn as close as possible to that which was originally used to hand-knit traditional Fair Isle garments."

Thanks to Kate Davies Designs for all this info!

Meanwhile, here are the promised photos of the basketweave scarf I finished last week:

What have you been working on?


  1. Cok Guzel....That's a beautiful scarf you knitted...looks perfect. I wish I knew how to knit, my sister in law Muge knits so beautifully but never has time to show me. Maybe I should join a knitting club which will solve the problem.

  2. Thanks Erica! I think joining a club is a great idea. Iyi sanslar!
    I'm hoping to do the same so I can learn crochet.

  3. This is wonderful, a writer, an artist AND a are my twin! And since I am a Gemini, well, I had to have one out there somewhere! So cool. You have inspired me to break out all my knitting projects and finish at least one! Thank you Deniz!

  4. Thanks, Debra! I know what you mean about unfinished projects, I think I have about four going at the moment... If you do finish one, I could share your photos here if you like!