I’ve never been inclined to learn Fair Isle before, but this week I’ve been knitting a little gift for a gorgeous wee girl who I love very much who is part of a family of performers. They are quite the circus family, and her Mum loves bright, eye-popping colours, so I got out my stash of random ends of balls and knitted possibly the funnest little dress I’ve ever seen….
I’m telling you, I had soooooooooooooooo much fun creating this dress, picking up random balls and using them until they ran out, experimenting with slip stitches to make patterns that looked a bit like Fair Isle, then *gasp* trying it out on a few rows and making fun and colourful patterns! I used the Apron Dress pattern from Hadley Fierlinger’s Book Vintage Knits for Modern Babies. I LOVE this book and highly recommend it. The patterns are just so lovely and most of them are nice and easy too, plus, Yay, Hadley lives in Wellington so it is even more exciting to knit from a pattern so close to home. The Apron Dress in the book is very plain, so perfect for me to play around with and make all “patternedy.”
I also learned a new technique when knitting this, I got brave you see, and tried picking up stitches and knitting a neckband instead of crocheting one and must say, I love the result… I’m not the bravest of knitters, so stepping out of my comfort zone with knitting is quite an exciting thing for me!
While photographing it, I had some help…
Himself does like to climb trees, I have the most hilarious photos of him on his first venture out, I just need the time to upload them all to show you! Can you see him up there?
Can you believe that it is only six days until Christmas?! We’re distinctly unfestive up here, and I know I’m going to miss my family heaps on the day, but am getting quite excited about a little pile of care-parcels from home which are accumulating next to the fireplace… oh and five days off, right in the middle of Summer! Bring on the sunshine, KB and I are planning a beach picnic.
Hope you’re all happy,
lots and lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX