I have absolutely loved blogging from the very beginning (it's been nearly a decade since I first logged into Live Journal!) and have never faltered in my faith in the endurance of the blogosphere. But what I have noticed missing from my own blog the past few years is the carefree way I once wrote and photographed on a daily basis. I think it would be fantastic to get back to those fun, frequent posts this year!
I spent a little bit of time last weekend choosing the motifs for my first fair isle blanket! Thank the gods for a factorization calculator! Made finding the right patterns for my planned three hundred stitches much easier and faster! If that sounds totally foreign to you, don't fret. I will go into the mathematics more in future posts. And a few of you will love me for it.
I'm going to start out with some easy-peasy peerie stitches and a fairly simple chevron pattern before delving into the extravagant designs! I don't want anything too fancy near the border so it won't distract from the decorative edging later.
If you're looking to learn fair isle right now, here is an excellent excerpt from the smartest 'how to knit' book ever — Knitting For Dummies. If you give it a go, be sure to stop back over here again and leave a link to a photo in comments of your first attempt! To be fair, I still have my very first advanced color project from eight years ago which I'll share soon!