Well, after a month of knitting, I’m about half way done with the Min Ulla scarf. The colorwork takes forever- I usually like to memorize my charts too so this bothers me a little with all of the different patterns even though I like how they look. As frustrating as it can be, the scarf is turning out to be quite lovely in my opinion. I’m just trying to fight burnout as I have a lot of knitting left to do. We’ll see if I manage to finish it by Christmas…
We had our first snow yesterday which can only mean one thing: winter is coming! I’m so excited that we have such beautiful sweater weather now- I’m snuggled up in my Inishturk sweater as we speak. Along with the delicious food, cozy fires, and holidays spent with family comes the time to wear all of the wonderful woolen things you’ve knit throughout the year! My latest project falls into this category. I’m making a wool scarf. Its been ages since I’ve knit a scarf because I get bored of it pretty quickly with the endless repeated stitching patterns. This next scarf is something entirely different for me. Its my first big venture into Fair Isle knitting. I love the different design patterns- there’s never a dull moment.
Im using Ella Rae wool in a dark purply-brown color and Cascade 220 in cream. They are both really soft and knit up very well. I’m about one quarter of the way done with the scarf right now and I’m not even close to being bored! I’m definitely loving Fair Isle!
My sweater is finally done! I wove in the ends (there were a ton of them from all of the stripes) and blocked it over the weekend. The pattern ran a bit small so I made sure to increase the size during blocking. It worked better than I thought it would and it fits my friend Jason really well.
Overall, I really enjoyed this pattern. It knit up really fast and adding the stripes made it interesting enough to keep me from getting bored. I did make a modification to the raglan sleeve decreases. Instead of doing the cable decreases which I couldn’t figure out, I did a simple SSK/K2tog decrease which I think gave it a cleaner look and ended up working pretty well. After working this sweater in the round, I don’t want to go back to having to sew all of the pieces together. For my next sweater, I think I’ll try a top-down pattern instead so I can try it on as I go.
As for the yarn, I used Ella Rae Classic Heathers. Its a pure wool yarn that is pretty comparable to Cascade 220. Ella Rae is cheaper and, in my opinion, a bit softer too. The blue I used was a beautiful subtle heather that coordinated well with the off-white I used for the stripes. It was a bit splitty but I loved working with it,and I’ve already bought more for my next project.
This past month of knitting was challenging but I’m really proud of the fact that I completed the 30 day sweater challenge. It was difficult but also pretty fun. I hope they’ll have another one in the future!
I’ve already started my next project- more to come on that later!