Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Finished Object Non-Gallery

Not much progress to report on the Rare Breed Sweater knitting front. Hmm, an unintentional pun.....

Rare Breed Sweater front, ready to start on the sheep feet.
I'm at a problem solving junction regarding my sheep motif for the fronts of my cardigan. More on that after I get it figured out.

Instead of that, I thought I might post photos of my other stranded finished knitting work. I love Fair Isle and stranded knitting. However, being an all thumbs knitter, I doubt I'll ever feel like I've mastered the technique. I worry over proper tensioning and am always amazed when it finally comes out right.

Many bloggers have a Finished Object Gallery of their work, which I don't have, so this post will be my

Non-Gallery of Finished Objects

2 hand spun hand knitted caps dyed with Easter egg dyes.Wool Caps

These are leftovers from my first stranded/Fair Isle knitting experiments. The wool is an unknown breed, dyed with Easter egg dyes, and handspun . The watermelon cap on the left is my favorite.

Pullover hand knit in black and royal blue handspun yarns.Sweater for DH

After successfully knitting those caps, I bravely struck out on this more ambitious project. Knitted of handspun commercially dyed black Wensleydale top and hand dyed blue Border Leicester. The Fair Isle patterns comes from Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitting Without Tears, one of my all time favorite knitting reads. The sweater pattern was just copied from the measurements of one of DH's favorite sweaters.

Navajo-Churro Vest designed from Navajo rugs.Navajo-Churro Vest

Next came my project for the Online Guild's Navajo Churro Challenge several years ago. The vest pattern comes from Cheryl Oberle's Folk Vests. I developed the knitted Navajo patterns from Navajo rugs. The yarns are all handspun and the colors are natural NC colors except for the hand dyed madder.

Norwegian Roses jacket from commercial merinos yarns.Norwegian Roses Cardigan

I finished this one last winter. It's more of a jacket actually. The pattern is from The Green Mountain Spinnery Knitting Book, and the yarn is KnitPicks Merino Style. It's wonderful to wear.

I've also enjoyed experimenting a little with Aran style knitting. But that's another story..............


Sue Bleiweiss said...

That is a very impressive non gallery! I love that blue sweater - gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Lovely jumpers (sweaters)! I wish I could get the brain around the fairisle concept...maybe next year.

What's the prob with the sweater?

Anonymous said...

Now all you need is some watermelon self-striping Suffolk from Freshisle Fibers
to make some socks to go with the watermelon hat!

Anonymous said...

Wow, Leigh, gorgeous color work!

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Cathy said...

Leigh - these are amazing! Your knitting is just gorgeous! I still cringe at the thought of using more than one yarn in a knitting project - it really slows me down (not that I'm very fast to start with) and I'm never sure how loosely I need to carry it in the back. But your results are inspiring - I may have to try a little fair isle.