Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Next

So on Saturday, I ordered the extra ball I needed for the fair isle part of Betty, and in the meantime got started on Kim Hargreaves' Wallace from her book Touching Elegance:

Wallace, with China Glaze City Siren nails

I'm using a yarn that's been in my stash for quite a while:  Louet Gems Sport.  The color is called Citrus, but to me it's more of a light pumpkin, perfect for fall:


I picked this up a few years ago at Kirkwood Knittery when I still lived in St. Louis; it was on the sale rack for $1 a hank!  Now that I'm knitting with it, I can kind of see why.  It's very ropey and inelastic, surprising for a 100% wool yarn.  I think the end result will be nice, but I've got to say, it is not a pleasure to knit with.

When I originally ordered my yarns for Betty, the raspberry color I needed for the fair isle section was out of stock.  I decided to substitute some raspberry sock yarn I've been holding on to to make the Kai-Mei socks from Sock Innovation.  But as I thought about it, I decided I really wanted to have the full two balls for the socks.  On Saturday morning, I got a nice email coupon from Jimmy Bean's Wool, and when I checked the website, the raspberry was in stock again!  Click, click, and it arrived in the mail yesterday!  Incredible!  So now I can resume Betty:


Shouldn't be long now.  The fair isle is the fun part!

11 comments:

  1. Ooh, I'm anxious to see how this looks! I've never tried Fair Isle knitting before, but it always looks so pretty!

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  2. I love Fair Isle knitting! So fun!

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  3. "light pumpkin" could not be any more accurate! so pretty!

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  4. Makes me want some pumpkin ice cream! Or cheesecake!

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  5. Your Wallace is going to look awesome in that colour. If you hassle you could wear it for American Thanksgiving while eating pumpkin pie - yum!

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  6. I meant "hustle" not "hassle"!

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  7. Hehe - "hassle" is appropriate too, since I'm not fond of the yarn and there will be a LOT of finishing on this one!

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  8. I agree that your Wallace is going to look amazing in that color. I love the pattern also. It has the perfect amount of military influence.
    Happy knitting!

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  9. I'm hoping it goes well with a fantastic belt I bought a few years ago but never seem to be able to pair with anything!

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  10. Your fair isle jumper looks wonderful! Can't wait to see it finished. :)

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