Knitting: A Foray into Fair Isle

I’ve never done fair isle before. I have been terrified. Probably of discovering that I’m crap at it. I suspected I’d be crap at it. That I’d end up with some puckered and tangled mess. But, it turns out, I can do it! Albeit on a rather small scale at this point. The instructions for this project included the tip of carrying one colour on top and the other underneath and I was very impressed by how neat and tidy my wrong side looked! (Of course, I completely forgot to take a photo of it for you.)

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As well as being my first foray into fair isle, this is also the first toy I’ve made! Not sure it’s quite up to standard for tolerating the rough play of a 4-month-old (though I did sew the eyes with embroidery thread rather than using beads to keep it choke hazard free), I’m hoping that W will eventually have fun with his new mate, Lars. Might need to wait until he’s past the whole everything-must-go-in-my-mouth phase. Suspect Lars’s stuffing may get fairly feral if sucked on.

I blocked rather than steamed the clothing pieces as I made them and my snowballs required a bit of trial and error to get a good shape, but otherwise this was a well written pattern and I’m pretty chuffed with my results.

Pattern: Winter Mice (Lars)

Source: Mary Jane’s Tea Room (via Etsy)

Price: $5.52 (to be quite precise)

Yarn: I used Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK in Waterlily (005), Nutkin (275), Skipper (276) and Teddy Red (192) and scraps of some hideous pale pink nylon crap I had in my stash.

Needle: 2.75mm & 3mm straight needles

Now to make Lars a friend…

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