Fair Isle Friday

fair isle hatInstagram has a hashtag #fairislefriday where you can see everyone’s Fair Isle knits. It is something we like. Cathy made this little Fair Isle hat for her granddaughter. The butterscotch is avocado dyed wool. The pink is mohair and the yellows and creams are merino. The other wool is Border Leicester. Fair Isle knitting can be very satisfying because you can make patterns and contrast colours . With a hat it is important to mark the beginning of a row and then to make sure your pattern will work across the number of stitches you have.

Very Pink Knits will get you going if you haven’t tried Fair Isle before.


Easy beanie

easy fair isle beanieThere can never be enough beanies. Friends and family need them, homeless people need them, you need spares and choices. Beanies are a great way to use oddments and Cathy had made her fair isle beanie from oddments of acrylic yarn she had been using for other things. It’s a simple beanie of 96 stitches with 8 ply yarn on round size 4 needles. Once you are ready to make the crown/top of the beanie then it’s the classic knit 6 stitches, knit two together  – repeat – to the end of the row,  knit one row. Knit 5 stitches, knit two together  – repeat – until the end of the row, knit one row…4, 3, 2 , 1. Then knit two together and draw the yarn through those stitches and sew the top of the hat and put on the pom pom. It is easy to remember a pattern like that  and you can do the two colour work as you choose when you are making the beanie. The video has a simple beanie pattern two for those people who like the double rib monocolour beanies.

Fair Isle Friday

#fairislefriday is an Instagram hashtag which you can take a look at if you are on Instagram. You see some great things. Fair Isle is a bit more than   two colour work. There is a whole heritage which goes with it and traditional patterns. Fair Isle is a tiny island between Orkney and Shetland . The video shows you a Shetland knitter with her leather belt and how she goes about knitting Fair Isle pieces.

Hazel Tindall, who grew up in the Shetlands keeps her website up to date with Fair Isle patterns and information. You can find some simple Fair Isle patterns to play with on tricksyknitter.  There is a YouTube video  you can look at showing you how to knit a Fair Isle Tam/beanie/hat.


Blog stats 2018

WordPress has reset the stats for this year on the new blog admin interface so our cumulative achievements are not obviously available. They will still be there and accessible but why not look at what we have achieved since the new year started…and all of that while we are on our Christmas break? We are pretty clever!

posts and pagesThe post popularity has changed. It’s good to see Australian Spinning Wheels right up there. Our top three posts are very us and represent our values:

Australian Spinning Wheels

From field to needles

A little love story

The world values the people aspect of what we do.

We have 73 followers of this blog



The anglo countries are still featuring at the top of our visitors list but it is interesting to see which countries have come back in quickly in the new year. We look forward to belonging to our global network again.

Twitter account

referrersTwitter has remained strongly as one of our referrers and we have picked up knitting today.  Instagram hasn’t got back to us yet . Search engines are now currently our best referrer so we are gaining autonomy as a a blog. Our Twitter account is much stronger and has now gathered more followers and likes on a regular basis. We are getting there.



Instagram is just getting stronger and stronger and likes everything we do but especially loves FairIsle. We have 222 followers now.  We have added our Happy New Year post to our best nine.

So, we are all set for next Monday and can start very positively which we would anyway. We love spinning by the sea and will love being back in that creative environment.