At the end of the day, I prefer paper. Maybe it is my art school roots, but I adore putting pen or pencil to paper and when I attempt to create something more then just a little complex I feel the need to print it and then tweak it in print form. I did this several times while working on my book, with charts, schematics and any sort of sketch or drawing. I’ve been struggling with damask patterns for fair isle.
I adore damask, its one of my most favorite repeating patterns. I love repetition, rhythm. I like it in knitting, I like it in music. Symmetry, there is something relaxing about it. With fair isle and knitting to create a soft damask with curves you need a very large space of stitches. One of the few places I have ever seen it done well is on that Kauni sweater that was all the rage a few years back. I can’t seem to figure out exactly where that pattern originates but the chart is GORGEOUS. Just exactly my style but not so much with the rainbows. I like rainbows but my personal fair isle pallet is far more earthy and understated. It must always include mustard golds and creams.