frith_in_thorns: A rainbow of yarn on shelves (.Yarn)
Frith ([personal profile] frith_in_thorns) wrote2017-01-23 09:31 pm

What I'm Making Monday

I saw someone suggest this last week (I can't remember who; sorry friend I'm plagerising!) and I thought it sounded like a great idea to show off! My phone camera is a bit rubbish so I'm using a filter to try and make the colours as close as possible to how they actually look. This didn't work terribly well on the first picture, but the second two came out okay.

What I've just finished this evening is a teacosy knit in stranded 4ply fair-isle. The pattern is Osaka Teacosy from Jameson & Smith yarns. (Sadly it's a paper-book-only pattern. Possibly it's the only pattern anyone buys that book for. I certainly can't help but laugh hysterically at the 4ply fair-isle jumper dress, who has that much time in their entire life?) I actually have an entire bag of J&S yarn in various colours which I use purely for this teacosy pattern, as I really love it and it's such a great gift! Lots of my relatives have one now, and this one is for a very good friend.



The really interesting thing about this pattern is that it has steeks. Basically, it's knit in the round, but on each side you cast on some stitches partway to make a sort of flap that you heavily strand, and then cast off at the top to just stick out from the main body. Then at the end you take your scissors and cut up through the stitches of the steek, which is just as terrifying as it sounds the first time you try. Then you fold the flaps inside the body and sew them down. It works!



Also fair-isle is pretty fun to knit because you have a different colour yarn in each hand and you knit continental with the left-hand yarn and english with the right-hand, so you don't have to keep alternating. Again, this sounds ridiculous, but you get used to it very fast.



Tiny teapot detail!
glinda: wooden needles in two bright red/pink balls of wool (knitting)

[personal profile] glinda 2017-01-23 10:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Ooooh that's lovely.

laugh hysterically at the 4ply fair-isle jumper dress, who has that much time in their entire life?

Oh gosh, where is the need? I have a lovely pattern book of fairisle patterns from which I made a gorgeous pair of fair isle mittens in 4ply wool. (Rowan Fine Tweed) And they're terribly cosy and I've knitted three pairs of them so far but there's also several gorgeous fair isle jumpers that I would dearly like to wear but on the strength of the mittens I know that that is never going to happen...

Fair isle and large items of clothing in fine wool is just a terrible plan. (Unless you plan to do nothing but knit for the next six months...)
glinda: wooden needles in two bright red/pink balls of wool (knitting)

[personal profile] glinda 2017-01-24 02:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes, well, me too, but there are pesky things like work and books and swimming and cooking that need done too...

I will however, leave the lacework to you, I find it both beautiful and utterly baffling - give me colourwork over lace any day of the week...!