Time for a little book haul!
All knitting related of course.
Let’s start with #1. Alice Starmore’s Book of Fair Isle Knitting. I purchased this as an early birthday present for myself. My hope is that this book helps me through my first foray into fair isle clothing items.
#2. Alterknit by Andrea Rangel. This is a fantastic color work stitch dictionary. Filled with really fun and interested stitch patterns. If you like color work, or have a project up coming, I highly suggest you pick this up.
#3. A book that is all in Japanese so I have no idea what it is called or who wrote it. I will try to find out, because this book is incredible. I stumbled upon it sometime last year, and ever since then I was kicking my self for not buying it. Then finally after checking every single bookstore I came across, I found it again! Lucky for me I think it is popular enough most Japanese bookstores carry a copy. It is another stitch dictionary, but full of charted beauties. Lots of lace and cables, and complex stitches. Very excited to plan something around one of the stitches.

Update on #3. The book is the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Patterns by Hitomi Shida Thank you so much for letting me know! 💕

And that’s all!
Any other knit books I should check out?
Share them with me!

And now for something different…

Knitting!  I haven’t been knitting much lately, although knitting was my main crafty love for a couple of years.  I like to knit on planes and in airports, and so I brought this neglected project along with me.

It’s Alice Starmore’s Elephants Waistcoat pattern from the Children’s Collection, but re-worked as a throw pillow.  The pattern is for a double-sided pillow, but I stole an idea from someone on Ravelry and inserted 2 steeks into the pattern (a steek is a vertical strip of “filler” stitches used in stranded color knitting like this, which you then later cut along).  After I’m done, I’ll sew along the steeks, cut the pattern in 2, and then sew each “front” to a backing, probably some nice thick home dec weight fabric, to make the pillows.  

I’m planning to keep 1 pillow and give the other one to my aunt, but my Mom really took an interest in the pattern this weekend, so maybe I’ll give each of them a pillow.  :)  

I have been working on this silly pillow on and off for about 2 years now. It takes a lot of concentration to follow the color chart, so I don’t find that lace or colorwork is really well-suited for me to do in front of the TV or something, for example.  Now that I’m about 2/3 of the way done with the knitting, I’m more interested in finishing it, so I’m trying to bring it to work and get a row done here and there.

The funny thing is that one of the main reasons I wanted to learn to sew and get a sewing machine was to sew around steeks so I could do more Fair Isle (stranded) knitting like this.  I didn’t realize I’d get so addicted to quilting that it would eclipse my knitting!


Look! I finished something!
I can’t believe how long it took me to make this set. It was sort of strange. Maybe I had more going on then I realized.
But here you have it, a fair isle tam inspired by a pattern out of an Alice Starmore book. The fingerless gloves are my own pattern, with the fair isle incorporated into them.
I wanted to keep the set young, girly and comfy, because I made them in mind for my young neice. I used a soft fingering weight cotton. It doesn’t hold the shape of the hat very well. But it will let her wear it multiple ways, not just as a tam.
I’m excited to work this up with wool though, possibly with a more intricate design.

Today’s Queer Definition of the Day is:

  • Stargender: a multi-use term, meaning ONE of the following;
  • a person whose gender is otherworldly and beyond comprehension using earthly terms;
  • a person whose gender cannot be defined no matter how many other terms are created;
  • a person whose gender is that of a star

More terms and definitions can be found here

Photo: My first two successful knitted coasters. Not perfect, but I’m proud.

Learning about Fair Isle Knitting. A few weeks ago Frances came home from her Grandmother’s with a bag of knitting supplies. I’ve never knitted before but the cold weather combined with no internet had me desperate for a new hobby. After learning some of the basics I’ve started my first real project, a scarf. Hoping to have a sweater ready to wear by 2015.

Many thanks to Alice Starmore.