Dad (Maurice Cecil Le Tissier) and Flo. Dad is wearing his Guernsey, it is unfortunately to dark to show the details!

I was cruising around Facebook yesterday and saw a link to a Guernsey Island Blog.  They are promoting a competition to design a traditional style Guernsey sweater.  I already have a bag of the Guernsey 5-ply that I have been wanting to knit and now I have the excuse – like I needed one!  The Competition is to help keep traditional Island pattern alive.  I don’t know any of my families traditional patterns, perhaps I shall try to create some of my own.

I knit a Guernsey for my father quite a few years ago.  It was the only knitted sweater that he ever asked for.  I used Gladys Thompson’s book  – Patterns for Guernseys, Jerseys and Arans – as the template for his pattern. He wanted a black sweater, but I wish that I had knitted it in a lighter colour as you can’t see the details.  I knit in his initials and used the Guernsey Island pattern from the book, with a few small changes.  It is hard to believe that I knit his sweater over 20 years ago.  That is how old the picture is!  It is past time that I knit one for me.  I am going to knit it in the natural Guernsey yarn and most likely dye it when I am done.

His father, my grandfather is from Guernsey.  His name was Cecil James LeTissier.  He died when I was very young and I have few memories of him, but I have heard many stories over the years and have always been fascinated about stories from the island itself.  One day I may even make it to Guernsey – just not soon!

Bag and Project!

Fiona has been busy creating new project bags.  She has made me one to match my fabulous knitting bag.  I am working on a adult size of the Victorian Lace Cap, it is going a little more slowly than the small ones.  I am working with the Nordique again and it makes for a very enjoyable knit!

Happy Knitting


About letissierdesigns

March 2017 - My new site is now up and functioning. I can blog, share my thoughts and photographs, and sell my patterns! So much happening in my life and all is creative and forward moving! Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Sept 2015 - I haven't updated this in a while! Still knitting, always knitting, I still teach and work at Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns. I also have designed for Vogue Knitting, Koigu Magazine, Zealana, Jimmie Beans, and Malabrigo, As of the beginning of 2015 I also became creative director of the Buffalo Wool Co., a new job that just flows along with what I already do. I am a knitting teacher and knitwear designer. I work full time in my LYS, Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns. I recently was 1st runner up in a Vogue Knitting Design Competition called the Magic of Mohair. My design was featured in the Early Fall 2011 Vogue Knitting. I will have another design in the Vogue Knitting Winter 2011 edition. I have recently purchased a Canon Rebel Camera and have started taking way too many pictures. I love this site for sharing my thoughts and pictures. Life is good!
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5 Responses to Roots!

  1. Fiona says:

    You are a star!

  2. Mutual admiration!! right back at you!

  3. CathyC in Alberta says:

    Purple or Blue works for me Lynette….hint, hint!!

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