So… remember how one of my 19 for ’19 tasks for myself is to knit a myself Fair Isle sweater? Well, I have cast on that sweater now. It’s Minstrel, designed by my online friend Lorraine of Twisted Traditions.
It’s moving slowly so far, because I’m learning that corrugated ribbing seems to take forever. (In my experience switching between knit and purl on colorwork isn’t done often and I can see why. It takes much longer.) I am past the half-way point on the ribbing, though, so hopefully I’ll get to start the body of the sweater soon.
Oh! But before I started the ribbing, I was a good knitter and knit a swatch.
I even washed and blocked it so that I could get a sense of whether it would be the correct size. (It is. Hopefully the sweater will be too.)
I’m really pleased with the color choices I made for this one: the original pattern calls for yellow and goldenrod where I’m using purple and pink. The original colors are very pretty, and make one think of Autumn as the designer intended. However, shades of yellow and orange don’t look great on me. Instead I swapped those two colors out for two that make me think of Spring (and work better with my skin tone). I think I made a good choice for myself, though the colors as designed look great on others.
I’ve never knit a colorwork item this intense before, so I have no idea how long to expect it will take to finish. I’m really enjoying the process so far, though!