New Year's Project

Hi Knitters, I am Louise from Wildflower Wool, a knitter who loves knitting and teaching others how to knit. When I am not knitting you can find me blogging, tweeting, and sharing knitting patterns, giveaways and pictures on Facebook. My favourite go-to yarn has always been Patons Classic Wool and when I saw the Next Steps Eight Fair Isle knitting book I knew I wanted to knit every single pattern; so I am! Every month (maybe a week or two longer for the adult sweaters!) I am going to knit my way through all nine patterns and blog my progress along the way. I am so excited to improve my Fair Isle knitting skills and have a chance to knit with Patons Classic Wool Roving and Classic Wool DK Superwash, as well as my favourite Classic Wool Worsted. I would love it if you followed along on my knitting adventure! Happy Knitting, Louise


It seemed appropriate on New Year's Eve that I should stop into a LYS. (That seems logical to more than just me right??). 

While there I saw this pattern book and quickly decided without looking at it, that I needed it for two reasons. 1) I love Fair Isle knitting and 2) I have all the other books in this "Next Step" series. Again, this makes sense right? 

I am so glad that I came home with this book. I love the patterns and it is going to help me with one of my knitting goals for this year. 

I have always wanted to find a book or magazine that I wanted to knit all the patterns in it. This is the book. 

My challenge: 

1) begin at the front of the book and knit the patterns in order. 

2) there are nine patterns so if I figure one per month and two months for the sweaters and that still leaves me one month for catch up if needed to have everything knit by the end of the year. 

3) this book is divided into sections. Each one gives instructions for the techniques needed to knit the projects. Each section is more advanced but stops short of steeking. Even though I have knit lots of Fair Isle projects some of these techniques are different so I am going to give them a try and knit the project using the books directions. 

4) since Patons Classic Wool is one of my favourite yarns and I have loads and loads of it in my stash, I am going to knit everything from stash yarn. 

January's project is a head band.


What a fun (and ambitious!) challenge! I'll enjoy following your progress, Louise. Happy knitting!

Thanks Paula, you will see the first project in a few days!!

I do hope that you'll be sharing photos as you work through this adventure. I haven't seen this book, but will look next time I'll wool shopping.

Yes, Heather there will be lots of pictures. I hope you are able to find this book at your lys, I think you will really like it!

How awesome Louise!!!! I look forward to seeing your progress and I too love Patons :)

Yay, a fellow Patons lover!! Nice to meet you :)

Lol, Tina, I just checked your block and we already "know" each other, I follow your blog. The knitting world really is small isn't it!

Thanks, ladies for your comments! It is going to be a fun adventure for sure!