Well my dears, after an exceedingly long gap (sorry about that, you may blame my degree!) I am back with another post. And, you guessed it, it’s about knitting.
The last time I told you all about my Fair Isle fears I was still grappling with a scarf on the wrong number of stitches with a rapidly failing pattern. Well, since then things have progressed, just not in the way I thought.
In an idle moment (they are incredibly rare in my life, but they do happen sometimes) I picked up one of my Christmas presents that I had yet to make use of. It was a book of 20 mug hug patterns. For those of you who are unaware, a mug hug is a knitted band that you can put around a mug so that you can hug it with your hands (inspired name eh?) without burning yourself on it. I used one whilst on work experience with The Knitter Magazine and got a bit addicted to snuggling my muggling (sorry couldn’t resist the rhyme). So my mum bought me a book so I could knit my own.
Phew, that was a long catching up paragraph! Basically, I found 2 Fair Isle mug hugs in that book. HALLELUJAH! I probably don’t have to tell you that a mug hug is much smaller than a scarf and, as such, is a much smaller undertaking. So I have now done both of them. And it was not that bad at all. I had to concentrate pretty hard, but I still managed to have 24 on in the background (nothing like Jack Bauer saving the day to put your knitting fears into perspective!) I think they are pretty neat but they are a bit higgledy piggledy so that will have to improve. I actually really enjoyed the challenge in the end, so I think it’s safe to say that it was a success! I have yet to iron the second one so it is not quite ready to be viewed, and I haven’t taken a photo of the first anyway. But when I do, you will see that my colour choice has transformed an innocuous pattern into Space Invaders. An improvement I think.
So I am no longer a Fair Isle fail. I am still scared of it, and I still have a loooooooooooong way to go before my Fair Isle is as good as my normal knitting, but at least now it’s not the big bad monster living in my knitting books.
I still want to make the Fair Isle socks I have a pattern for. They are my goal. I have learned that me and knitted garments don’t go well together. Too much time and effort in knitting makes me impatient and sloppy. But socks I can handle. And so I will. But it’s not that simple, when is it ever? To knit these beauties I have to conquer my only other knitting fear: circular needles. Watch this space readers…circular needles, here I come!