At long last, my Knab Fingerless Gloves are finished. The pattern is in Ann Feitelson’s The Art of Fair Isle Knitting: History, Technique, Color & Patterns. I used Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift. By far the hardest part of the project was narrowing down the colors. Loop and Leaf in Santa Barbara carries a veritable rainbow of tantalizing shades. All of which I wanted to take home with me. Fortunately Celeste, with her expert eye for Fair Isle, was able to help me narrow it down.
Many thanks to my steadfast husband Steve for photographing the gloves.
I’ve had fun raiding my sock yarn stash for the Santa Fe Mitts I’m designing. I settled on Lorna’s Laces for the oranges, blues and greens. The deep reddish color is named “Manzanita” – the arid climate plant with the lovely red stems. Perfect!
Regia 4-Ply provides the heathered background colors. I’m going for the look of rocks and tree bark.
After a few more adjustments, and my tech editor finding all the mistakes that I’m sure aren’t there when I read the pattern, and the Santa Fe Mitts pattern will be ready. It’ll be sized for men, in mens’ medium and large.
This is where it all started. I suppose I could have put an end to it at the first hint that I was going to get obsessed. Again. But I ignored that inner voice which cried “Stop while you can!”
Three skeins of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock yarn. That’s all it took. (Plus a visit from my friend Mary, who has so much creativity that apparently she left some behind for me when she went back to Ohio.)
I didn’t mean to design a sock. I certainly didn’t mean to design anything in fair isle. But the shmooey yarn with bright spring colors drew me in and demanded I grab some needles. A design snuck into my mind as if it were a gremlin….
With the help of the Stitch & Motif Maker software, here’s how the swatching process evolved for Mary’s Garden Socks.
A lot of trail and error, ripping out, starting over, and here is the final product:
At a later date I’ll post more on the Stitch & Motif Maker, but you can imagine how helpful it is to be able to plan this sort of design out on a just-the-right-proportion grid.
If you like this sock you can find it my Original Designs in my Pattern Store. I find knitting it to be a nice dose of fair isle fun, and I hope you do to!