Fall = Fair Isle

Every autumn I just want to knit, wear and look at Fair Isle knitting. The intricate pattern, the endless possibilities for colour combinations make Fair Isle knitting ever interesting.

I just knitted some boot cuffs from my Fair Isle boot cuff pattern to play around with colours. I love the traditional colours too and have used them in my Skroo Sock pattern.Fair

 

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The other day I got my pullovers, cardigan and sweater out to admire them (it is still too hot to wear these lovely warm knits). My Fair Isle collectionSome are vintage finds and some are new treasures.

This lovely cardigan I had someone knit for me in the Shetland Islands. It is the pattern from the pullover the Prince of Wales wore in the 1920s when playing golf at St Andrews in Scotland.

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I have two pullovers that I love to wear over a white blouse. It gives a great retro look. One is a vintage find and the other I bought in Lerwick in Shetland at Anderson´s years ago.

Vintage find

My latest pride is a brand new sweater from Oldfield Clothing in England. They specialise in British sport clothing inspired by the period form 1920s to 1940s – so we are not talking Lycra here!

IMG_3888I love summer and want it to last as long as possible, but when the crisp, cool air of autumn arrives I will be wearing my Fair Isle woolies and be happy!

 

 

 

Twig + Knife = crochet hook.

The other day I was at my little summer house  and needed a crochet hook. I could not find one in my basic craft supply box. What I did find was a knife… and we have lots of dry twigs outside to feed the wood-burner come winter. Hmmm…

So this is what happened:IMG_3772

The thing is that the hook was bigger than I need. Having already been through the craft boxI had found some chunky wool left over form a project. I had to try my new tool. Crochet hook in hand I started a granny square …IMG_3773

and kept on going!

IMG_3783So what was most fun to make? The hook or the square? Both.

My conclusion is that one craft leads to another! Maybe there will be more hand made crochet hooks in the future.