Wet Daisy and Wet Wool
Erin was blocking on the Wooly Board, and I just loved the combined smells of wet Daisy and wet wool.
Well knitters, it took 8 weeks to finish Erin. I think this is the shortest time frame in which I've completed a Fair Isle sweater. You have to remember that I'm not a tiny person -- at 5'10 and well, let's not go there.......I'm a larger than average woman, and wear 46-48" circumference sweaters......so these are major knits.
There were days when I didn't touch my knitting needles -- and to compensate there were knitting marathons when I knit from morning to night. (Don't forget my Star Trek Second Generation marathon to knit the sleeves!)
But it was all worth it.......
Now, to add to the wet wool smell, I was blocking another sweater. What other sweater? Well, while I was busy with Erin at my house, at a secret location Barbara was busily knitting away on another sweater....a sweater that I designed for my good friend Terry (and neighbour with all the Westies and Donkeys - visit if you like! www.scorybrek.com).
This design will become the first She Ewe Knits original Fair Isle design, available in September, and I hope to have at least one or two more colorways for it.
Why all this knitting you ask? Well, it's because Terry and I are going on vacation together. I just checked today's forecast -- and they are calling for a high of 16 degrees C (that's 61 degrees F). This is a place where sweaters are required wearing almost all year round.
We'll be staying here......The Busta House Hotel in Brae, Shetland. We'll be part of the "Shetland Escape" tour organized by Simply Shetland, the North American distributor of Jamieson's yarns.
While away, She Ewe Knits will be closed down (Hubby will inform anyone who e-mails), and Shades of Shetland will be on hiatus until we get back. When we get back, I'll do a day by day report on our trip -- right here at "Shades of Shetland". Come back and visit in August!
Take care and Happy Knitting!