The three children's items (two pullovers with collars and a cardigan) are, I think, the nicest examples of Fair Isle in the collection. Perhaps the oldest piece is a short sleeved sweater that looks as though it dates from the late 1940s. The slightly puffed sleeves are very characteristic of the 1940s, and Fair Isle knitting was very popular at the end of the war and for the next few years. (If anyone recognises the pattern, please let me know.)
Several people brought along their own Fair Isle knitting - I took John's pullover, as I said I was planning to. Ann Kingstone, author of Stranded Knits, brought a couple of knits from the book, including Hedgerow, one of my favourites. She also had a really nice knitted and felted bag - she says that she made it four or five years ago, but it still looks pristine. (That's Hedgerow, peeking out of the top.)
Elizabeth Smith makes cushion covers from stranded and felted knitting - she brought in two lovely Christmas pieces. The designs are based on typical Colne Valley scenes - cottages with weavers' windows on the sides of the valley, mills in the valley bottom, sheep and cows in the fields. (The angels and sleigh in the sky aren't so typical.)
I did a short slide-show of Fair Isle patterns, from the 1920s on, starting from the Fair Isle sweater that the Prince of Wales wore for golf in 1922. Most were fairly traditional Fair Isle designs, but in the late 1940s and early 1950s, more pictorial designs were also popular. One of my favourites, because it is so quirky, is Copley's "Fish and Coral" jumper.