I’ve always loved Fair Isle knitting.

It always seemed either too complicated or more bother than I wanted to put into it.  Maybe it was the multiple colors?

So, recently when I saw the Fair Isle pencil case pattern, I knew I had to try it.

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It was easier than I thought, and very enjoyable.  I do love making articles for charity.  And Darfur is a very good cause.

Just like when I saw the Austermann Step Sock Yarn in Sunset Fairisle at Alpaca Direct, I knew I wanted to try it.  Since it was on sale, and I needed just that amount for their free shipping, the timing seemed right.

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The yarn is not only self-striping, but also self-Fair Isle.  I figure it doesn’t get much better than this…

So, I ordered one ball, and decided to try a pair of socks.

After all, knitting socks with five needles is complicated enough without carrying yarn, too.  Not really, but it’s as good an excuse as any! 😉

sock yarn

I also have a skein of Wildfoote sock yarn left over, so decided to try knitting the toes and heels with it.  My guess was it would be close enough in color to go with the turquoise in the Austermann yarn.

If I make my favorites, knee-highs, I may need it for part of the leg.  We’ll see.

Anyway, here’s my new sock:

toe

And a close-up version…

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You can see the striping and the start of the Fair Isle pattern even better on the back:

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Guess I’d better get back to work so you can see more…

Happy knitting! 😀

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