A few weeks ago I mentioned that when I was in the LYS I noticed a child's SIRDAL sweater hanging on display. This being the very sweater I had selected for the Dale of North America Challenge filled me with fire anew to knit this lovely handiwork. I was further inspired when I noticed that the shop had a Norwegian guru, a man, who would be willing to mentor me along the path for a nominal fee. Since I obviously needed help getting me beyond the purchasing of yarn, I reserved a spot with the guru.
I quickly discovered that this guru did indeed have a vast wealth of fair isle experience. My time with him was most rewarding. His easy, relaxed style of teaching (how could you not be relaxed if you are barefoot?) encouraged me to become less stressed about pursuing this Sirdal goal. We walked through the pattern and he gave me several other options than what the pattern had. He helped me think outside of the box. He helped me to realize that this is MY sweater and I can knit it the way that works best for ME!
I had worked the hem of the body before attending the class to get a head start. The guru encouraged me to start with the sleeves instead. I had long heard that this is the best way to get your gauge correct before launching into the 300 sts of the body--less ripping out. However, in addition to this logic, the guru shared that this also helps you determine how deep to knit the sleeves on the body. So, it is not just about gauge.
I'm excited and feeling confident. Sleeves..............here I come!
P.S. Did I mention he was barefoot?