Posted by: ComeShareACupofTea | April 3, 2011

And still not satisfied with that….

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these knitting crazed knitters were ready to forge on!

This session, with me facing an impending surgery to repair a torn Rotator cuff in my dominant arm (thank you winter 2011), I was just planning to offer a Knitting Circle to help folks with projects of their choosing when an idea swelled in my head and couldn’t be quelled….a Fair Isle Tote Bag!

I’d been eyeing this bag for some time and thought, oh heck…just do it! The response was overwhelming…a simple post on Facebook about the idea and even non-homeschooling friends were joining in, I think we’re up to 16 Facebook/homeschooling knitters now.  In my own blur of craziness I formed a KAL on Ravelry too and 38 knitters joined the Fair Isle phenomena….including one from Germany and one from England. Even my 12 yo daughter has joined the fair isle craze!

This tote bag is the perfect way to learn fair isle colorwork, with no more than two colors being used at once, there are eight charts, six colors, an I-chord bind off and I-chord straps. Then to top it off its felted…blending the charts and colors beautifully and we all know how forgiving felting is …making it a wonderful first fair isle project.

I was able to get mine done and get them all started pre-surgery…and in their usual fashion they are embracing this new project with a fervor…and that not-so-joyful-knitter has even been heard to exclaim, “this is fun!”


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