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As soon as I laid eyes on Kate Davies’ Ecclefechan Mitts, I ordered the Jamieson & Smith Heritage Shetland to make myself a pair. The pattern is really clever and the mitts have turned out pretty perfect. As has the fit. I have been a fan of Kate Davies’ designs and blog ever since I picked up the knitting needles again. Earlier, I made a Snawheid, a Sixareen capelet and a Hazelhurst cowl. None of these, you might notice, required any steeking, which so far I had been carefully avoiding. Then she released this design. Love at first sight. I’ve had a thing for fair isle vests ever since watching All Creatures Great and Small as a child.

Time to learn how to steek. Ideally by watching somebody showing me exactly how to proceed. So I signed up for The Fair Isle Vest class Mary Jane Mucklestone teaches on Craftsy, and which I can only warmly recommend.  Apart from steeking, I learned about colours and yarn dominance and discovered there is such a thing as a speed swatch.

I am now knitting happily away at my fair isle vest, using the colours from Mary Jane Mucklestone’s original design, a mix of natural tones, springlike yellows and a vibrant pink and blue.  I am fearlessly approaching my very first steek. As well as looking forward to knitting one these. Or these.

For nostalgia’s sake, here’s  Tristan Farnon vs Boris the Cat. Enjoy!


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