Fall and winter mean sweater weather, which is one of the most exciting aspects of both seasons. The idea of throwing on a big, cozy sweater and curling up next to a fire is so comforting and gleeful that it almost makes the mountains of snow worthwhile.
Like most New Englanders, I own several sweaters. It is simply necessary. That being said, I have never owned a Fair Isle sweater, which screams, “Winter!” to me. There is something about the pattern that evokes the impression of delicate snowflakes falling from the sky.
Wikipedia defines “fair isle” as,
a traditional knitting technique used to create patterns with multiple colours. It is named after Fair Isle, a tiny island in the north of Scotland.
When I saw this picture a couple of months ago, I knew that the time had come. I had to have my own fair isle sweater!
Unfortunately, this version was sold in the Girls Department at Boden, which I knew wouldn’t fit me, and the adult version was more than I wanted to spend.
As luck would have it, though, when I went home this weekend, my mother and I stopped at the local Gap store. She had a delicious coupon – 50% off one item and 30% off any additional items – that she wasn’t planning on using. Obviously, that was not acceptable. I could not let such a good deal go to waste, and to my delight The Gap was carrying several Fair Isle options! I ended up purchasing these: