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Old 10-08-2006, 12:30 PM   #1
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"Easy" Fair Isle Socks KAL
Hi everybody,

I've decided to give my first (non-striped) two-color project a whirl, and I've chosen Knitpicks "Simple Stripes" Fair Isle Sock pattern. The beauty of it is that it looks like it's actully a 5 color pattern because you're using self-striping sock yarn. It looks like it's also a great opportunity to try using many different types of charted patterns on one small project.

I'd love the extra motivation of having someone else join me for the ride... some more experienced knitters who know the fair-isle ropes and some fellow charted color-work-phobic knitters like me would be fantastic!
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Old 10-08-2006, 04:50 PM   #2
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I have that pattern! I've had it for some time but it, like so many projects, is on my to do knit list! It does look like such fun and it's really not hard. I hope to hop in at some point, but I've got other projects that have to be completed first.
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Old 10-08-2006, 08:03 PM   #3
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Hi!
I'm in! I have already finished the first sock and am starting the second. This is just the encouragement I needed to overcome SSS!
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Old 10-08-2006, 09:07 PM   #4
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AWESOME!!! I am super pleased to have some company. The more the merrier.

I've cast on the first one and am ready to go... (alright, I cast it on for what was hopefully the last time after a few tries in the last month... first I had gauge issues-- think socks for Shaq, then I had color issues--think she forgot to start the pattern at the START of a colorway change, then I cast on and knit 3 rows forgetting all about ribbing.)

What colors are you guys doing/thinking of doing? I wasn't thrilled with the colorways they chose for the example socks (I liked the green okay, but the brown with the primaries really didn't send me because I'm not a brown lover). I've ended up using KP's solid sock yarn (essential, I think it's called?) in navy with their "crayon" colorway (primary colors) in the simple stripes. So the final result should be very crisp and clean and... primary. I loved the black essential with the sweet tarts striping yarn, but both were sold out, alas. I hope they get more of the self-striping yarn in, because I'm addicted!
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Old 10-09-2006, 12:40 PM   #5
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I'm using the Navy Essential and the Simple Stripes in the Orange/Green/Brown colourway.
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Old 10-10-2006, 04:45 PM   #6
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I'm new to this forum but I have had this project in my future project box for a little while. Looks like a good reason to get it started!

I'm using Essentials in Cocoa and Simple Stripes in Crayons.

I'll cast on tonight or tomorrow, will post a progress picture as soon as there is something to see.
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Awesome! The more the merrier!
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Old 10-13-2006, 01:17 PM   #8
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Daisy Does Not Play Well With Others...
Ok, so I said I'd be knitting this pattern and I AM!..... sort of. I decided I don't like top-down socks so I'm knitting these using my(well Wendy Johnson's) toe-up method but still using the fair isle pattern from the Knit Picks pattern. So kick me out of the KAL if you must but I've got to be me! I'll post a pic of my progress later today. It's such a cute little toe. The only problem is that I didn't check to see exactly where in the striping pattern I started I'll probably have to do some trial & error on the toe of the second sock. Lessons will be learned.
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Kick you out of the KAL? pshaw. Wouldn't dream of it. I've really got to get around to trying toe-up socks and two socks at once.

As for my sock, I do believe that I've finally got a start that is not going to lead to a total rip-back. Yaaaaaay! I'm done with the checker-board band and halfway through the stripes band. And having a blast. I'm loving Amy's continental-with-one-color and throw-with-the other technique. I swear I'm almost going FASTER than normal (that could just be the fact that I'm done with the cotton-pickin' ribbing, finally).
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My Progress
Ok, I said I would be posting my progress awhile ago. Here it is, finally. I had a false start. My first attempt would have fit the worlds thinnest foot, maybe. So here is try #2. It's going much better this time. It's not the best picture, looks better in real life

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