Saturday, May 03, 2003

Best Quote I Heard All Day

The only way you learn about life is looking at things that don't go well.
--David Letterman

A garment worthy of skeining for sunnies in Budd Lake...

Hey, I'm willing since I'm from
the school of any publicity is good publicity--Tiny Diva

Listen, gang. I'm not posting any rules about what you put in Comments but...

I sure hate to have to go and delete a comment that appears 4 times.

If you piss me off enough, I will ban you. No questions asked. No written rules. Noblesse oblige.

The Good, The Bad, and The Just Plain Ugly
Now that I'm 14 rounds short of steeking for the Queen Anne's Lace armholes, I'm ruminating over what other Fair Isle designs in my library appeal for the next project. And I'm inclined to do this one from Poetry in Stitches, only because I've not attempted any Scandinavian designs ever.

(By the way, Nordic Arts kits up all the Poetry in Stitches designs and carries the Norsk Strikkedesign book as well.

That's The Good...

Now here's a design I've also been considering doing...bad in the good sense of the word.

This is from the second Jamieson book of last August, designed by Ron Schweitzer, who is a fantastic Fair Isle designer and perhaps even more talented than She-Who-Cannot-Be-Named.

And now for the in, their yarn is ugly to work with and their directions are worse.

Sorry, but I'm not enamored of the Philosophers Wool people. I got suckered into buying one of their kits when they were first starting out and the yarn has a hand that's like Brillo. Not only that but the directions and chart for the Trillium (see photo above) were the worst I've ever seen.

Now, if it had just been me, I would have chalked it up to a bad experience and just forgotten about it. But since that time, I've had two good friends who were also suckered (Loop being one of them) and we all decided that the kits were junk and not worth the effort. In my opinion, doing Fair Isle in worsted weight is a major mistake anyway. Just too damned heavy.

But to expect your customers to figure out the colorways themselves, with no guarantee that they'll have enough yarn in the kit to "do their own thing," is irresponsible.

So while the designs may be nice, the delivery is very ugly.

And not at all handy.

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