At the start of the year, back in this post, I set myself five goals.
Now at half way though the year I've managed to meet one of these goals! Yay! Ticking off goal number two on the list is my first ever fair isle project. Admittedly it was a pretty easy one, but I'm still quite happy with it. Presenting Tam C of the Three Tams fame.
The yarn is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in Beige (102) for the background and Noro Silk Garden in no. 239 for the pattern work. I ran out of the Cashmerino at just the right point in the pattern and finished up with the Noro. There's one mistake in my fair isle (can you see it?) but I was on the home stretch and couldn't make myself go back to fix it. I absolutely love working with Noro yarns. Love, love, love it! I love the way the colours seem to change organically, blending from one to the next. I even love those unexpected colours that seem to have no business being there. Can you see the almost fluorescent yellow that has popped up on my beret amongst all the muted browns and blues. Love it! I know Noro yarns are not the most buttery smooth of yarns and this is where the Cashmerino comes to it's rescue. It's a great combination. I have plans to make more of these, so hands up, who wants one?
As for the rest of my goals, well I think I will have to get a wriggle on. Still no socks and no lace. I'm completely failing number five, with my project based obsession continuing. I guess there are some things in your nature that you just can't fight.
Something else that just flew off the needles were two Brea Bags. Unfortunately, after they flew off the needles they then sat around waiting to be seamed and lined. I have finally finished one of the bags. Here it is in all it's fully lined, handle attached, button on glory....
I like the way that the lining peeks through, although I can see why other people have decided to add a zip closure to this bag. I'm not sure how secure the items it is holding will be in its current state. Does anyone have any suggestions to rectify this (that don't involve lots of unpicking of lining to sew in a zip)? Here's a closeup.....
The yarn is four balls of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Hollyberry held double on 5.50mm needles. One of these days I'll around to lining the second one. One day....
I have a few things on the in the WIP pile at the moment, but I'll leave those for next time. So until then, here's a photo of me sporting the my beret in 38oC heat!
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