aaaahhhhh.... Fair Isle (I've been trying to call it *stranded*, since I'm not knitting official Fair Isle designs, but it's sort of like the felting/fulling thing- the battle has been lost already)... mindless, easy Fair Isle... All you have to do is remember which color to knit, not which direction the slants go, or whether the YO goes before or after the decrease, and fixing a dropped stitch is easy peasy. (not that I'm dissing lace- it's just not mindless knitting, and for me, it never will be).
I'm extremely pleased with what I got done yesterday on the handspun sweater. I'm using size 5 needles, and handspun yarn that doesn't look worsted weight, but it's knitting that way. Most of these yarns were spun over the last 5 years, and I don't remember where I got a lot of the roving and wool, but I do know that the dark charcoal background on this section was a prize winning, totally gorgeous, Romney Lamb fleece that I got from Iron Water Ranch. The others are mostly fibers I bought at the North Country Fiber Fair (many locally grown and raised). Nearly all of them are long-wool breeds, with a little mohair thrown in here and htere, so this is not going to be a next-to skin sweater. And this sucker is going to be warm.
I have not settled on a title for this design yet- the whole thing is going to be a continuation of the motif you see, no other bands or decoration, except that each repeat will have a different background and color family for the motif.
I had thought that the next motif would be Reds, but given that the first full repeat on the sleeves measured 9", I won't have room to use all of my color combos (reds, greens. blue/purple) and still keep the sweater around 28" long. I'll have to think on it a bit, as I cast on and knit the ribbing and yellow section of the body. Maybe the sweater will just be yellow/red/green. Or maybe yellow/green/blue/purple. I'm going to have enough yarn no matter what I decide.
So, what should I call this design?