Thanks so much for all of the good wishes for Toby. He did indeed pass the Custard Cream test and was back at school for the rest of last week with only a slight snuffle.
(for those of you who asked, these are Custard Creams - a very British biscuit with a vanilla custard flavoured cream sandwiched between two shortbread halves and Toby's number one biscuit choice.)
With Toby busy again I've been settling back into term time routines and have started pattern writing again in earnest. A couple of people have asked for a hint about which animal I'm working on and all I'll say for now is 'squeak', but I hope to have some pictures to share on progress next week. I'm also working on a little free pattern accessory for the knitted animals which will be a part of my anniversary give-away later in the month, so more of that soon too.
The Fair Isle cuffs that I was working on in the previous post are now finished. I did smile at some of the comments and the fact that people found it funny I would say knitting Fair Isle is an easier alternative than pattern writing knitting. I think the reason for that is mostly due to the fact that I was making the cuffs for myself and so the pressure was off - if I made any mistakes it didn't really matter. When I'm working on writing patterns I try really hard to get them error free, which takes lots of concentration on stitch and row counting and checking and it can be quite intense. But, I'll also let you into a secret - Fair Isle knitting looks far more complicated than it really is. Each row has only 2 colours and these are repeated at rhythmically regular intervals. So if you look at the row you are on and note that you work 1 stitch of the first colour followed by 3 of the second colour then you're free to day-dream or follow what's on the TV. If you'd like some tips on knitting Fair Isle neatly, I've written a post here with how I like to work and there are loads of good video tutorials on You Tube too. Once you've got the basics you're able to tackle any 2 colour knitting and Fair Isle projects are always nice to impress your friends with.
I've written up a chart for these which you can download for free. I hesitate to call it a pattern as I've just included a chart and this is simply a tube-type wrist-warmer with no shaping, but it's there if you'd like to make a pair.
Right, I'm off to do some more pattern writing while it's quiet here. I'll be back with an update soon x