Lately I have been dreaming in fair isle. I want to knit fair isle sweaters, mittens, and of course hats. I am obsessed! But really is it that surprising? (Lots of colors and patterns...that doesn't seem like Kara at all!)
This recent obsession creates a funny little predicament considering I "technically" have a fair isle project on the needles. Remember Little Birds? Poor little, neglected sweater. Don't know why, but I can't bring myself to work on it. It seems too overwhelming at this point to figure out and finish. What I've decided to do is start my Fair Isle Knitting Revolution small, by knitting a fair isle beret.
I've always loved the idea of a fair isle beret. Every time I see one pop up in a WWII, British mini-series (which seems make up 75% of my Netflix queue), I think to myself, "Kara, it is ridiculous that you don't have one of those berets. Especially since you could easily knit one yourself. Completely ridic!"
So the pattern I picked is from the Fall/Winter 2010 Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine. (BTW...TONS of cute fair isle projects in that one.) When I saw this beret pattern, I immediately saw myself wearing it while riding Adelaide in the countryside. A good sign, I think. Plus, who could resist a pom-pom? Glad to say, not I!