I’ve had this Jamieson & Smith 2 ply jumper weight yarn in my stash for quite a long time. Waiting for the right project. I’ve blogged about it before when I thought I might have found the right thing for it. I think I’ve finally (!?) found it.
For quite some time I have also been searching for a fair isle project that I’d love to wear. That, combined with the classic feel and look of a traditional yarn like the Jamieson & Smith yarn merged into the perfect combination recently: Trefoil.
It has the perfect amount of fair isle – just around the yoke – so that I don’t get bored of all that stranding, and it’s a lovely design.
I started swatching before Christmas.
After I’d finished, I wasn’t sure if it was right. The middle section looked murky. You can’t really see the flower pattern. Frustratingly, I didn’t really have any other colours in my stash that were any better. I didn’t really have anything similarly textured and shaded (ie tweed or heathered) to match nicely with it.
In the meantime, I had an interesting conversation with my daughter:
“Mother, you know that nice green cardigan you knitted in Heron for me?”
“Well, people think it looks very nice on me. And this colour you’re knitting here looks just like that colour, and I think that perhaps you need to knit that cardigan for me!” (accompanied by puppy eyes)
Thinking fast…(damn, I want this cardigan!) “It’s itchy wool. You won’t like it.”
Rapid fire response… “Well, how about knitting me one in Knitsch?”
One taken aback and slightly impressed mother at how quickly her daughter can counter-attack in knitting terms (quick thinking on her part to think of fingering weight yarn with all the right colours I can choose from and that isn’t itchy!): “Hmm. I suppose I could do that.”
So now it looks like I’ll have to knit two of these. One for her, and one for me!
The project swatch then sat in my ‘think about’ basket for a couple of months. If only I had more of that lovely Rowan Fine Tweed to play with!
Recently, I had the good fortune to engage in another happy yarn swap with Colette, and this is what I got:
Hurrah! Thank you Colette!
I started swatching…
Better, but still not right.
Much cursing and huffing later…
Ah, this one felt just right. It gave me that happy “twang” in the belly when I saw it finished. Do you get that when you know something’s just right?
The colours tone with each other perfectly. I’m not sure if you can see it in the picture, but Askrigg, the deep blue, contains the same green and red flecks that are in both Wensley (the blue/green) and Settle (the plum). Buckden forms the neutral background, and I repeated the J&S colour (FC62) through the centre. They tie in perfectly. Magic!
I finally remembered that fair isle colours work best if the colours are the same tone. Silly me.
Let the knitting begin!