Woohoo! I found a way to make Fair Isle that works for me!
I dreaded learning Fair Isle.
Anyway, yesterday I finally decided it was time for me to get over my dread and Googled Fair Isle knitting. I had heard of using both my left and right hand to control the tension on the yarns used and create whatever pattern is charted. I found this website with the help of my knittinghelp.com forum friends and I watched this video (viewable only in IE ): ). Once I saw how easy it was to strand the colors using the methods shown in the video, I made the Sampler Purse pattern. I only had a few colors to work with but I am extremely pleased with how it turned out. I bet it would be AWESOME if I'd actually had Philosopher's Wool to make it.
Completed purse with a US quarter for size.
Inside view of the stranding.
I now feel confident that I can tackle a Fair Isle sweater! :D