I finished! I did it, I completed my very first large fair isle project and successfully steeked it, whoo hoo, lets throw a party.
I honestly can't believe I did it, there were times when I was knitting the border that I thought it would never end. I broke two needle tips and had to put the blanket to the side while I bought a long length metal circular needle.
I was a little worried pre-steek, I will admit, I have burned my knitting in the past, but never willingly cut it :/
But I needn't have worried, my crochet steek turned out fine and the seams held perfectly as I picked up my stitches and started the borders.
I was also worried about the rippled edges along the two vertical sides as unblocked my tension wasn't all that even. Blocking did iron out the kinks though and I was very happy with the finished result.
The bathroom sink was too small, so I spent ages filling the kitchen sink which is larger and trying to get the temperature right. There was absolutely no way I was going to be able to squeeze out enough of the water myself, even by rolling it in a towel and standing on it, so I popped my little precious blanket into the washing machine and spun her on 1,000. Panic not, she came out in one piece, damp and soft and beautifully even, ready for pinning out.
Here's a pic of the back of work, beautiful isn't it?
Yowes behinds up close :)
Manly Rams from the back, ooh-er...
It has been really cold but bright out for the past few days, but at least it has been mostly dry, so I did manage to get some pretty photo's, looks very warm and summery doesn't it?
So she's finally here and ready for snuggling under, thanks Kate Davies for a beautiful design and perfectly straightforward pattern to follow and thank you Shetland Sheep for donating your wool & to Jamieson & Smith for getting it as far as my needles!