I had thought I might be able to show you my finished fair isle dress today, but alas, it is not to be. It needs to be lined. The fair isle section on the skirt, is so heavy, it's pulling the top part down, and I don't want any stretching going on.
So I have looked in my fabric stash, and found an old curtain I bought in a charity shop, and I'm going to use that to line my dress.
My friend Bob, who's just had a baby, and is a dress maker and costumier by profession (she's worked for the Globe Theatre in London, impressive hey?), is going to very generously show me how to line my knitted dress. Isn't that nice of her? We're going to try and fit the dress making demonstration into the couple of hours baby Nancy is having her nap.
But I'm straying from the reason I'm here today!
I owe the inspiration for my fair isle endeavors entirely to Susan. It was Susan who got my attention with her free-style fair isle. In other words, using only pattern repeats from a book as guidance, no full written out pattern.
Susan inspired me to try my hand at the old free style fair isle, and make my own scarf, (the reveal of which will have to wait for another time). For the moment, I want to concentrate on giving Susan's scarf the full photo-shoot, "look how beautiful it is" treatment.
It's just sooo gorgeous. And goes with my charity shop tweed jacket rather well don't you think? I'll be returning Susan's scarf to her with some reluctance, I have to admit.
Just love, love, love the colours. It seemed apropriate to the colours in the scarf to take these photos by the sea.
Which then turned into a flower child session, or that's what I started to feel like, a flower child.
Note the twiddle in my hair? That, I've found, is the perfect way to manage a fringe I'm growing out, just twiddle it, and there's no unsightly shortish/longish bits of fringe hair. Since doing this, I've noticed that I'm one of many people doing the twiddle, it must be fashionable.
Then the dogs would have had to have chains of flowers on their small furry heads, and we could have been flowery-powery together, as a nice little flowery-powery family unit.
I'll just have to imagine those photos.
It's very tempting to copy Susan's colour scheme, and make a scarf for myself, to go with this jacket. We'll not only have matching winter boots (we have the same boots), but Susan is a fan of tweed, like me, and probably owns a similar tweed jacket. There's a potential great photo, me and Susan wearing matching clothes! Wonder what Hugo would think of that.
Well, I'm off to do some knitting. Tomorrow I'll be snatching a couple of hours off work and making the lining for my dress, which I shall of course try and document for your viewing pleasure. Till Wednesday then! Love Vanessa xxx