It's been many years since I did any Fair Isle knitting and my stitches are not very even yet. I just need more practice. I actually had the correct size circular needle for this one, so didn't have to do it on 4 needles like the tea cosy. A circular needle gives a much better effect - I think it was tricky stranding the floats between needles on the tea cosy, which gave a 'bumpier' effect. (That's my excuse anyway!)
I'm sure I knit more tightly than I used to and (close your ears you purists) I never make a tension square. Can't bear it. I would rather make the whole thing again! Well, I guess I would for a 'proper' garment, say, if I ever made Blaithin...
...although I'm unlikely to ever do that in this same yarn. Much too scratchy. And not cheap.
Anyway, the colours I chose for Caller Herrin were not sufficiently contrasting, as I didn't understand the need for that contrast until I knitted the pattern. Also, they looked lovely in the skeins, but rather boring when knitted - the lovely seaweedy shades of green and rich mulberry and damson shades of the contrast simply became school bottle green and maroon when knitted up!
Added to all that it is fairly small (I know - I should have done that tension square) so will probably only fit a child. Next time I'll use a larger needle.
The pattern model looks like this...
...and my next one will too, as I have bought the same colours used originally!