My first Fair Isle project was adapted from a pattern created by Mary Rowe in Vogue Knitting Magazine, Winter Special 1990-91. The original color shade was based on green, but I only had shetland yarn from a sales bin to work with. With help from the ladies at Yarns International, I was able to come up with this color combination.
About a year after I started knitting, I felt ready enough to attempt a full-size, two-color project. So I signed up for a Norwegian sweater class. I fully expected to finish the sweater by the end of the class sections. Boy, was I wrong. First, I aimed for Christmas, and had to rip back quite a bit because I made mistakes. Then came New Years, and I was still knitting. As the countdown started for Winter Olympics 1994, I expected to be wearing th sweater by then. As I was watching the various sports events (and wishng I could be there so I could get a closer look at the sweaters the spectators were wearing), I was working on the sleeves. It was only three days after the Olympics were completed that I finally got to wear this sweater.