Beautiful Knitting

Where Mt.Mom knits, crochets, designs, and seeks Beauty as food for the soul.


Posted by mtmom on May 25, 2008

I’ve done more work on my Fair Isle sampler this weekend — small and quiet, but beauty-making, and thus delightful.  2/3 through Feitelson band

I’ve just changed the background color — can you see?  Left needle: blue-grey; right: blue-violet.  This motif has a nice balance between interesting diagonals and steady verticals.  Makes for pleasing knitting and nice tension-balance in the fabric.

One of the things I like best about Ann Feitelson’s Fair Isle patterns (many other designers do this as well, but not all) is that she changes the MC and CC colors on *different* rows/rounds.  Thus the shading is much more sublte, less visually jarring.  This close-up labelled progress shot may show you what I mean:  color columns labeled

Lots of overlap.  Ann Feitelson, I admire you!  (I have some thick-thin issues with this yarn, unfortunately.  Otherwise, wonderful stuff!)

I hope to write, in another post, about centering the motif.  (Yes, more arithmetic!)  But not today.

Another topic buzzing in my brain just now is the conversion of flat patterns for use in the round — a knitting buddy of mine asked me about this yesterday.  I’m considering writing a series of posts on it, starting with basic concepts and simplest stitches, then continuing into shaping equivalents and texture-patterning.  There would be swatches and photos, of course . . . .  Ambitious perhaps?  What topics would *you* like to see me address along this line?  Leave suggestions in the Comments, if you please.

More recent explorations:  sockitecture a la Cat Bordhi.  Little Sky sock

2 learning socks:  top-down “Little Sky” (above) and toe-up “Little Coriolis” (below).  Little Coriolis, front view

left view  right view

2 Responses to “Explorations”

  1. Kate/Massachusetts said

    I found your blog through Celtic Memories and have enjoyed exploring it this morning! Thank you for the instructional videos – one picture is worth a thousand words!

    Will you be releasing the Godmother Socks pattern at some point in the future? I would love to knit a pair. Jo’s sock is gorgeous. Have you seen it? Thanks!

  2. Thank you! Yes, I plan to release the pattern for Godmother’s Socks on Ravelry soon.

    Haven’t seen Jo’s socks yet — better go on over and look!

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