Monday, 27 September 2010


I've got sidetracked. A sure-fire way for one of my relatives to get me to knit something for them is very easy - just ask.

My mother-in-law asked if I would make her a cardigan that she saw in a recent Womans Weekly. This was a short sleeved V neck cardi, worked in a fair isle pattern with 4 ply cotton. And she 'wouldn't mind' if it was all one colour. Any colour, except red.

That's quite a wide remit, I think you'll agree. And if I had my choice, I'd make it up in fair isle even though it is worked in cotton - interesting knitting, you see.

The pattern in question is Shades of Summer, designed by Sasha Kagan, and last time I checked it wasn't up on her website yet...... Anyway, borders in celadon green, pattern in two shades of purple, with some pink, acid green, white, and celadon. Rather nice, actually - I wouldn't mind one of these for myself. So I was going to send for the yarn kit and get on with it for her, but my husband suggested that I hold fire and discuss it with his sister - because he thought that his mother really meant that she would prefer it in a solid colour, but if I asked her, she was likely to agree to whatever I suggested, regardless of whether she actually wanted that or nor.

So I asked my sister-in-law, and learnt that if I made the cardi in fair isle, my MIL would love it, and would put it away folded in tissue paper, to keep it 'for best'. And never wear it.

I wasn't too keen on that idea, I'd rather make something that she'd feel able to wear. So we decided that a solid colour was indeed the way to go, and my SIL felt that blue was the best choice. So I found some Patons 4ply cotton on eBay in a good rich blue, and cast on.

And do you know, I can't put it down. I am really loving working with the fine yarn and small needles. It is a while since I've made anything with this sort of fabric (other than socks) and I had forgotten how much I like it. So, no hardship involved, at least.

I've already finished both sleeves and I'm almost up to the shoulder shaping on the back.....

Mythos, of course, remains unfinished. I have completed both halves, I now need to graft the centre back join, work the i-cord edging, and whipstitch the lower hem. It will have to wait!

Photos soon, I promise.

Blogging is going to continue, probably at the current somewhat sporadic rate. (We've both had our respective surgeries, and are both recovering nicely, by the way.)


Helen said...

Thank goodness you had your husband and SIL available to mediate and save you a lot of effort.

Thank goodness you're both recovering nicely too.

Barbara said...

Very wise to do a bit of digging to find out what your recipient _really_ wants. I'm glad you're enjoying 4-ply knitting too - it's the way to go!

Good to hear you're doing well healthwise.