Hello! I am, officially, a busy little bee, and I'm almost buzzed out. Knitting my fair isle dress has been done in moments of relaxation this week, which seem to have been few and far between. Good thing I enjoy being busy isn't it?
In the last couple of days I've been having a sale of my books, and it seems to be going well. Actually, I'm absolutely pleased as punch that you want to buy my books. 43 books sold so far, and I'm reeling from the astonishment of it all! To sell that amount in such a short time is the ultimate compliment. (If you're interested in buying some bargain books, illustrated by me, which I can sign and personalise for you should you so wish, have a look at the post which tells you all about it, by clicking here. Looking for a present that is a little bit different? You never know, a signed copy of one of my books might be just the job!)
I just love my subtle choice of colour combinations. (Oh, it's not subtle did you say?!)
It's not at all subtle is it! But I'm enjoying it, ever so, ever so much, letting go with the colour, going a bit wild. It reminds me of the hot colours you might find in a sari, colours that wake you up, spicy colours.
What I always find when I'm doing fair isle, is that I have to knit an expanse of it before the colours start to pull together, and the pattern starts to gel. I think it's still at that "knit a bit more and it will start to work" stage. That's the way fair isle draws you in and gets you addicted, the "one more row and it will be even better" thing is gripping.
That orange is a bit of a wild card isn't it? I'm having to keep a tight grip on the reins with that orange, it's a bit of a run-away, and I waver between allowing it to rampage all over the pattern, and being strictly an accent colour, it sometimes gets the upper hand, as you can see above.
It's changed quite a bit since you last saw it in this post, hasn't it? I decided to unravel some of the orange, I felt it was too solid.
I think the nice thing about fair isle patterns is the smattering and sprinkling of colour you get all over the pattern, and the process of dispersing bits of colour all over the place not only helps the colours to work together, but you also get an illusion that there are more colours being used, as you contrast different colours with each other.
Well, I'm off to have a quick cup of tea so that I stay fully alert whilst driving to meet Hugo, who is due back from having done a weeks course for the RNLI, (the Lifeboat), who he volunteers for. Apparently there was two days of first aid, a day of jumping fully clothed, whilst wearing full lifeboat safety gear, into the water and having to swim (I'm sure it wasn't as simple as that), and a day learning how to fire fight, followed by assessments this morning. He had to fly there (Poole), and I have to pick him up in the car after about a half hour drive according to Hugo, forty-five minute drive by my estimation, I try not to get speeding tickets).
I'd better get my skates on. Have a wonderful weekend, hope you have blissful weather, and see you on Monday, when I hope to be bright eyed and bushy tailed, and have yet more progress on my fair isle dress to report. Ta-ra! Love Vanessa xxx