When I made the tunics for my nieces, my mother gave me yarn as payment so I could knit my own later.
I got the yarn last winter, close to easter, but after knitting the tunics for my nieces, lightning fast cause I had to get them done before winter was over, I got tired of the pattern and decided to wait until autumn to make mine.
After moving at the end of july, I really got the urge to start my fana sweater, and when august came along, and the weather cooled a bit down, I finally started it! The sweater originally either had a hood or a loose cowl, but after thinking it over, I decided against both and went with a turtleneck instead, which looks much better!
Knitted in Mitu Alpakka from Rauma Ullvarefabrikk, a 50/50 alpaca and wool yarn, super soft and warm on 4-4,5mm needles.
My mother asked me what colors I wanted my sweater in, and I replied green, but she turned me down cause "you got too much green clothing allready"...so I told her brown and beige which ended up being "too boring! Don't you want corall or something instead?" ...yeah, she ate her own words after she saw it finished. And if you ask me, brown and beige are pretty as all hell!
Some facts about "fana". It's one of the most popular knitting patterns from Norway and it can be found, dating back to 1850. It comes from a little town outside of Bergen, called Fana.
...and that's about everything I could find out about the pattern.
The fana patter (c) ...whom ever made the pattern...or have the copyright today...
Work done by me (c) =KnitLizzy
The upper left hand picture has a whole "Barbara Gordon" thing going on.
Did you do anything to the sweater after knitting it, like steaming or washing or something? I can never figure out how to get it look less hand made and more ... well finished.
I haven't done anything with this one yet, but normally I wash it very lightly and put it to dry to give it the "less handmade" look. Depending on the fiber (which usually doesn't matter to me cause I rarely use syntethic), I iron it to even it out.
I wouldn't call that a "Fair Isle" that would be unfair at best and I'll say rude at worst...... "Wonderful Isle" "Majickal Isle" and, if worn in church: "Reverent Aisle"... but "Fair" is a word that best means you're Impartial...which is a good thing, no doubt of it.. but at the worst, is a word used to denote"a sort of half-hearted effort to appear as if one is paying attention in class.. and has been lucky enough to take the test that, by some miracle of serendipity, contained the questions on the subject you were listening to 6 days ago thus upping an otherwise mediocre if not miserable "f" into a lower "c" thus scraping through in a manner totally mystifying the teacher who left school that day shaking his head and muttering;"...but I was watching her like a hawk all the time!, she couldn't have cheated!.... bbbbbut...it's Impossible", and then on his way home breaking 3 years of temperance..."Fair" That's utterly not "Fair", in my humble opinion.... but what do I know about fibres...?
Best wishes!, Peter