Almost 2 years ago, I was sitting on the sofa each night, madly knitting up this beautiful Rowan yarn.  Bought from Wondoflex at a drastically reduced price it was exquisite to knit with.  Buttery soft and marvellously chunky, it knit up in no time.

The pattern – from the Drops website (if you’ve never been to the Drops website it is a treasure trove of free patterns – 71, 468 to be precise – for all kinds of yarn, in all different weights, for every season, with a healthy emphasis on Scandinavian styles – gorgeous stuff).  It was my first attempt at fair isle and a perfect choice.  The design was simple, there were never more than two colours working at once, and being chunky, that yoke absolutely raced off my needles.

ready for pressing

But at the time, I was chin deep in university work and heading off to my first nursing placement and apart from this strange glimpse on the ironing board, never took a single photo of my finished tunic.

front of

Well – this afternoon, Julian and I did a little swapsie.  I took photos of him in his handsome new waistcoat with one of his recent wedding anniversary ties (an especially lovely pure wool one, woven in Scotland which I bought at the oppie for pennies).  And in return, he took photos of me in my tunic.  And so – here it is – Lily’s version of the Drops Tunic 114-15 in Eskimo with short raglan sleeves!

almost detail side on detail looking up face full length

As for the crocheted headscarf – I have no memory of when I made it or what pattern I followed.  I found it yesterday stuffed into the back corner of my tights draw.  Must say, it’s inspired me somewhat.  If you peep into my window tonight, you’ll see me sitting there on the sofa, surrounded by colourful balls of DK working up some new headscarfs.  Seems to be the perfect season for them.  Oh, but that’s after I’ve finished oooohing and aaaaahing at all the lovely jumpers and cardigans in my Ravelry favourite’s file that I’d completely forgotten.  And scrolling through all the gorgeous tunics on the Drops site.

: Sigh : So much to knit … so little time.

my photographerOh – and this here – it’s my handsome photographer.  Nice huh :-)


a fair isle tunic with yoke

7 thoughts on “a fair isle tunic with yoke

  • May 1, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Well! You are looking LOVELY:) What a pretty sweater! I have not been knitting at ALL lately…It is Spring here…or SPRING-ISH! It’s been raining a lot, so I guess it is perfect knitting weather:) However, I am into handquilting at the moment! You knit SO fact, you are just a master crafts-woman:)) I love the sweater, and the headscarf! and…your hubby is VERY handsome :)

  • May 2, 2014 at 2:48 am

    Your sweater is lovely and I too love yr headscarf. But are yu sure you’re not Madrid to Jeremy Ir

  • May 2, 2014 at 2:50 am

    I hit send too soon (new phone). I meant Jeremy Irons, the actor. Mr Boots could be his double!

  • May 2, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Hi, disovered your blog today. It’s delightful. I had a wonderful time going back through the posts. Thanks for sharing, I love your jumper. And the quilts such lovely inspiration!

  • May 2, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Such a snappy couple you two make!!!

  • May 3, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Hello Lily, I found your lovely blog through ravelry, (which I recently joined). The tunic looks so cosy, I love it. I’m so taken with it in fact, that I’ve queued the pattern and put in an order for the yarn this afternoon. I can’t wait to cast on and hope I can get it finished through the summer ready for the cooler weather in the coming Autumn.

    What a very handsome pair you and Julian make.

  • May 6, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    So much catching up to do in this space. But I just wanted to say… you look FABULOUS! Seriously, you are just glowing and beautiful!

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