Stranded and Woven
I wasn't going to post about this until I'd got some decent results. I knitted something three times tonight and ripped it out three times, but I'm happy with it. I'm working on my first Fair Isle project (cue dramatic music for the first two-colour knitting ever seen on my needles). Thanks to Vogue Knitting Quick Reference and Nanette's booklet on Stranded Color Knitting, it didn't turn out like a dog's breakfast this time. The first try was a disaster, tiny needles, teeny yarn, too much tension, messed up the weaving and stranding, everything went wrong apart from the part where I gave it up as a bad job and stopped stressing out about it. I didn't quite throw the swatch across the room but it's dangerously close to a new life as a cat toy.
The new version will be better. I started from the IK Winter 2004 Nordic pulsewarmers, but modified the pattern and threw out the chart. When I'm done, I'll write up the pattern and put it on the site. It's done in DK weight yarn, not baby/fingering weight, and should get started for a fourth time tomorrow lunchtime with my new chart.
Made a couple of hairbands from Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran at the weekend. It is the only yarn I know of with a British Standard number on the label. It's BS 984, which has to do with measuring weight of yarn.