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April 25, 2007

From Sally — Widdicombe Fair Update

Filed under: Widdicombe Fair — Sally @ 3:36 pm

I’m a procastinator by nature, so it’s gratifying to be this far along on a baby blanket when said baby is not due to appear until sometime in July. I’m not going to have much time to knit for the next few weeks, so I plan to focus on this blanket and therefore not feel panicked and behind when I suddenly realize it’s the end of June. I’ve finished two full pattern repeats (out of five) and have just started on the third.

Here are two photos of the work so far. (Am I the only knitter who doesn’t like to let others see unblocked fair isle?) The first photo is of the side with the steek. I alternate my steek colors in a “speckled” way; I know some knitters alternate them as stripes.

Here’s the non-steek side, which shows a bit more of the pattern.

I don’t repeat myself as a knitter that often, especially with something like fair isle. It is interesting (at least to me) how quickly my brain and fingers remembered this pattern, even though it’s been several years since I knit it. It makes the knitting go fairly quickly; I’m hoping I don’t get bored even more quickly than usual.

I’m knitting this on a 24″ circular needle — a 32″ would definitely be too long. I decided to use my 3.25 mm Addi Lace needles out of curiosity. They work very well; I was afraid the yarn would feel too sticky on the tips but it doesn’t seem to.


  1. Absolutely beautiful! Do you know of any “adult-like” “baby blanket” pattern (that makes no sense)!
    What I mean is…. I’d love to knit a baby blanket but use it to throw on the back of a family room chair. Carosel horses and boats/fish won’t work (as cute as they are). I looked on the virtual yarn web, but didn’t see any.
    I can’t believe how quickly you knit! The recipient of this blanket is a very lucky little babe.

    Comment by Michelle — April 25, 2007 @ 3:54 pm

  2. From Susan — Sally and I have been eyeing the Persian Tiles Wrap pattern from A Collector’s Item (Jade Starmore). It definitely is an adult style and can be sized to any size you like — the repeat is 50 sts and could be made to the width and length desired — only two colors are used!

    Comment by lv2knit — April 25, 2007 @ 4:05 pm

  3. That’s gorgeous, Sally. I never noticed the little horses till now.

    Comment by Marina — April 25, 2007 @ 4:10 pm

  4. That’s gorgeous! I wanna make Persian Tiles, too. You know that J&S is discontinuing a bunch of colors, right? ***sob***

    Comment by Romi — April 25, 2007 @ 4:24 pm

  5. Your fair isle looks awesome. I wonder if it’s the camera that smooths things out? Because over at BowerBird Knits, I had asked how she got her fair isle so smooth and in her next post she commented that it wasn’t smooth at all.

    My work is always puckery, but I post it anyway because so many people are discouraged from doing fair isle because their first results are puckered. I want to encourage those people to wash and block it before they judge. It’s amazing what comes out in the wash!

    Comment by LaurieM — April 25, 2007 @ 4:43 pm

  6. Sally- The colors are so pretty- nice work, really lovely.

    Unless you are Marina, Fair Isle is puckered.

    I’m so proud to be an honorary Rainey.

    Comment by Lorraine — April 25, 2007 @ 6:45 pm

  7. Stunning. Just stunning.

    Comment by Kim — April 25, 2007 @ 6:48 pm

  8. I hate to say it, but it’s really cute! Perfect for a baby blanket.

    Comment by Charm — April 25, 2007 @ 8:21 pm

  9. Some of the floats on those horses look as if they will be rather long – will they felt? or do you weave? Would you mind showing the “wrong” side, for the education of less experienced fair-islers?

    Comment by Lisa — April 25, 2007 @ 9:04 pm

  10. So beautiful! That’s one lucky baby.

    Comment by Wendy O — April 26, 2007 @ 9:18 am

  11. I suppose stating I am a 46 year old baby will not win me either points or this beautiful blanket. Wah.

    Comment by Gale — April 26, 2007 @ 10:47 am

  12. Boy, if that’s what you call imperfect…Your unblocked fair isle resembles my blocked work!

    Comment by Amy (Eyeknit) — April 27, 2007 @ 2:54 pm

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