I was so excited when I got Kate Davies’ gorgeous Yoke and Colours of Shetland books I knew I was going to have to knit something from them right away. It was a hard choice as I want to knit just about everything from both books (yikes that’s a lot of fairisle!) but I settles on the Foxglove cardigan – check this link to see what I’m aiming for.
With yarn purchased and the right needles bought I set about knitting the sleeve first to check tension – then this happened:
I know I always opt for the cheap metal Pony needles – but I don’t expect a new pair to come apart on me! I thought about glue – but that could be messy and they might come apart again. Since I didn’t have any in the house anyway I headed out to get new needles and bought wooden ones instead.
They are much nicer for knitting magic loop style as the stitches run over the wire onto the needle smoother than the metal ones – which had the stitches snagging on the join and thus slowing my knitting. However, the wooden ones are already wearing down on one needle after only 2 days of knitting.
As it happens the sleeve was a good place to start as my tension is fine and I so far don’t need to worry about fairisle colour work.
I’ve got this much done over the weekend so its going well so far.