Happy 2015! I hope you all had a wonderful 2014 and are ready for an even-better 2015. Now, it’s time to get to work on those resolutions!
One promise that I made myself for 2015 was that I’d stop letting some worthy designs languish on the shelf, unpublished. So far, I probably publish only about half of the knitting projects that I complete (and, being constantly surrounded by more yarn than I could ask for, I don’t complete ’em unless I feel they’re worth publishing.) It’s not that I don’t like finishing them – actually, that’s one of my favorite parts! It’s that so many distractions arise in that lull between the finished knit and the finished pattern.
And so, my friends, I’m going to use your kind attention to bolster my resolve.
I knit my “Dianthus” top to wear to a dear nephew’s wedding that took place…I’m ashamed to say it… last August. That’s the inside, bottom hem of it that you see in the photo. I happen to love that top, yet here we are, five months later, and I haven’t shared it with you yet. But now that I’ve taken this first, tiny step in debuting it, I know that I’ll get busy finalizing the pattern shortly.
In the meantime, Serendipity gave me a great photo for answering some of the questions knitters often ask me about the knitted hems on their Fair Isle / Norwegian knits. Usually, any close-up photo of a Norwegian, or especially a Fair Isle, knit is apt to be blurred by the fuzz of wool yarn. But, there’s no way in the world I was going to wear wool to a steamy August wedding in Boston. And there was no way I was going to knit a boring, monotone top. (Those of you who know me know that it had to be stranded!) So, as it happens, we’re looking at a Fair Isle / Norwegian knit done in clear, sharp, 100% mercerized Egyptian cotton Dale Garn “Vipe” yarn. And, it seems my camera was even behaving well that day! So, here you have it, my tips for hemming your stranded knits, complete with an ulterior motive that…hopefully…you’ll see the results of here before long: