My reading today for the YARN ALONG is more along the historical research lines. I’ve not knit any serious fair isle for a while and got caught up reading Ann Feitelson’s classic The Art of Fair Isle Knitting while looking for a pattern I wanted to knit. Every time I delve into this book I come away with some new bit of information for the gray matter. There certainly is a reason it is a cherished classic!
First off, I found the pattern I wanted and gathered up the hanks (skeins) of Shetland wool for the slipover (vest) I will be knitting for the hubby. He will look quite handsome in his Hillhead Slipover when I makkin’ off (bind off).
If I have any clews (small balls of leftover yarn) I plan to make some dags (fingerless mittens) for myself. I am using Jamieson’s Spindrift, a traditional Shetland Yarn. The surname ‘Jamieson’ is as common in Shetland as our ‘Jones’ is in America.
This afternoon I will use the thumb method to lay up 300 stitches on the wire (needle) because I learned that in Shetland, casting on is almost always done with this method. They claim it is quick to do and the path of the yarn and the results are almost identical to the widely known American method, the long tail cast on.
I will be “Takkin’ my makkin’ “ , bringing my work with me, in the car this afternoon. I will be certain to finish the sweerie geng (the first row) before I get out of the car because there is a superstitious saying in Shetland, “You shouldn’t get up until you’ve completed the entire sweerie geng – otherwise the garment will never be finished.”
This time through The Art of Fair Isle Knitting I discovered a glossary of Shetland Knitting terms and thought I would have a little fun with you.
Joining Ginny today on a Yarn Along around the world…………….