The 2007 NWRSA Conference book showed up this week. Of course the class by Carol Rhoades called “Spinning Shetland Wool for Fair Isle Knitting” caught my eye. I’d love to take that class but will have to skip the conference this year. I only get 15 days of vacation per year and this year my days have already been allocated to other trips. I briefly thought of making the long slog over to Coeur d’Alene on Friday night and then return on Sunday but I’m just not up for it. I’ve done that long hot trip countless times in my little Honda without air conditioning and let’s just say it’s not my favorite thing to do.
Earlier this week I got out my tapestry needle to weave together the shoulder seams of Roscalie and to my horror found out that motifs on the front and back don’t line up!
So here’s the story.
The last row on the shoulder is half of a “XOX” border pattern with a red background and since the body of the sweater has a total of 19 stitch repeats (of 16 stitches), the front and the back don’t match. I tried to illustrate this in the picture by marking the front and back with green knitting markers. Notice that the center front (bottom marker) lines up with the middle of a “O” motif while the back front (top marker) lines up on an “X” motif. So if the shoulder is sewn together at the middle of one of these “XOX” border rows, the front and back won’t match. What was she thinking?
This left me befuddled and surprised that the famous Scottish designer would do this. I’m sure she knows that FI sweaters should match at the shoulder. My only guess is that when she translated her original design into her new line of yarns, she had to compromise the design to get a standard sized sweater. You see, her current line of 2ply yarns are slightly thicker than her previous line. This thicker yarn means a changes in tension and in turn making a straight translation of the design challenging.
This inquisitive FI knitter can only speculate as to why her 2ply is thicker than Shetland 2ply.
So what am I doing now? You guessed it. I ripped it out and I’m correcting the problem. This time I’m increasing the lower half of the body by 10 rows. This will allow the shoulder seam to match at the end of one of those blue/yellow peerie rows.
As I knit this part for the third time my mind starts wandering to thoughts of spinning a painted roving that’s been in storage for a couple of years now.
It’s so intimidating.
If I make it into 2ply sock yarn will the colors look ok?
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