It’s fun to poke around Ravelry and see different versions of favorite patterns. I love the dress Gudrun Johnston designed for my book Fair Isle Style, Bressay Dress.

photo: njstacie

photo: njstacie

This yoke really caught my eye. Don’t you love the color choices that Stacie made? She used Rowan Felted Tweed which gives a nice fuzzy halo. Take a look at her Ravelry page (she’s njstacie) for all the details. She’s got some more really cute happy-making shots of the dress. Kick up your heels!

Denise Bell of Lost City Knits is still working on her Bressay Dress. She used five colors from her own yarn, Foothills Fingering. The body color is River Mud and the colorwork uses Rumplestilskin, Vintage, and Burnt Earth. Don’t you love the great color names? She’s got a wonderful blogpost about the making of her dress. Be sure to check out the rest of her website and all the other lovely yarns she makes while you’re visiting.

Bressay-Dress

Ravelry’s motherbunch of the Enchanted Bobbin Blog is participating in an Instagram Bressay Dress KAL. She’s using scrumptious Madeline Tosh Merino Light using silver fox, logwood, victorian gothic and well water. Don’t you like the use of a dark dark main color? Jennifer’s planning to make hers long-sleeved, so be sure to watch her progress.

photo: motherbunch

photo: motherbunch

Here’s Gudrun herself modeling the original sample a year and a half before publication – that is how long it takes to make a book! Having braved frigid temperatures in Scotland to take pictures of it before it was sent off on it’s journey to the world of publishing, she was chagrined to find one of the sleeve cuffs was rolled up and it was way too cold to go back out and take more shots. I love how cute it looks with her furry boots.

Finally here is that same sample on our beautiful local model Sunny, who admitted that she wouldn’t mind taking the dress home with her. I have to say I wanted to keep it myself. I think I should make it and hop on the Instagram Bressay Dress KAL! #bressaydress

Fair_Isle_Style_-_Bressay_Dress_beauty_shotBut lets see … what colors would I choose….

Brooklyn Tweed LOFT
100 % targhee-columbia wool- Fingering weight yarn – Grown and spun in the USA
275 yards / 50 grams
I’d choose Birdbook for the main color….

Birdbook

Birdbook

Thistle

Thistle

Hayloft

Hayloft

Camper

Camper

Long Johns

Long Johns

That’s one idea.

You can pick up a copy of Fair Isle Style at your local yarn shop – or here.