Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Just like buses

Finished projects, in this instance - nothing for ages, then three come along at once.

First, Brier.

This is just lovely, I am very pleased with it indeed.

The pattern is from Rowan Magazine 36, and it is by Kim Hargreaves.  I used RYC Silk Wool, 14 balls of 305 Clay, which is a pretty silvery grey.

I had to make some adjustments because I used this yarn - the pattern is written for a yarn that works up at 5spi, and Silk Wool works best at 5.5spi.  So I followed the directions for size 40, with some additional rows at critical places because of my different row gauge, and ended up with a size 38 cardigan.

This pattern is full of interesting detail, little touches taken from dressmaking - it is all about the finishing, really.

There are the cuffs - divided, overlapping, and held in place with non-functional buttons -

I think they are a real highlight.  I very nearly worked an ordinary garter stitch cuff, and I am so glad that I followed the pattern instead.

Then there's the shaping, intended to be visible -

And of course the decorative seams, making ridges on the outside of the sleeves, made in two parts, and the back with its centre seam and neat little vent -

Really it works very well indeed.  If you enjoy finishing work, as I do, then I can recommend this pattern.

I've also finished my big blue cowl.

This used up the rest of the pack of Felted Tweed Chunky in Wode that I started with the Beech Mitts.  The pattern is a free download on Ravelry, the Gap-Tastic Cowl - more of a recipe than a pattern, really.    I used 9mm needles for a slightly loose fabric, and the only change I made was to use a sewn cast-off so that the two edges look the same, and have the same amount of stretch too.

Now, I have a strong dislike of tight things around my neck - scarfs and cowls need to be loose.  Also I like scarves and wraps to be reversible, ideally.  And this is perfect.  The fabric is very stretchy indeed, I can happily double it around my neck or indeed pull it up over my head as a sort of scarf/hood combination.  And the colour is lovely, I like the tweedy turquoise very much.

So, another pattern that I recommend.

Last - but not least, as far as my husband is concerned - I have finished his socks.

These are made to my standard sock pattern - I think I've linked it in the sidebar - with just one modification, I worked a graduated star toe instead of a wedge toe.  No grafting whatsoever, no ridges - perfection, I think, or something close to it.

On the needles right now - a pullover for my husband in Rowan Lima.  The colour is Pampas, which is actually a very dark green/black.   I am working this from the bottom up in one piece - current thinking is that it will be a raglan, but this may change.   Lovely yarn, by the way.

Also, I have cast on for Nancy Bush's Anniversary Socks in dark navy - very appropriate for the dark of midwinter.

The Cool Wrap is still in progress, there has been a certain amount of frogging and reworking, because I wanted to add some additional increase rows near the beginning to give longer tails.  I'm past that point now, and it is just garter stitch all the way.

Tomorrow is the solstice - we are looking forward to it.

Saturday, 10 December 2011


I almost forgot about these - I finished them a couple of days ago.

These are the Beech Mitts from Rowan 50, pattern by Erika Knight.

I used 3 balls of Felted Tweed Chunky, with more than half of the last ball left over.  The colour is called Wode and is actually a lovely turquoise blue, rather than the denim-y version you can see here.  I am blaming my camera again.

I did alter the top a bit, because I like my mitts to actually keep my hands warm.  The pattern has the ribbing at the top edge starting immediately after the cast-off for the thumb.  Instead, I continued working in cable pattern until after the next cable twist.  I then worked the decreases over the top of the cables, and after that I started the ribbing - and I worked 5 rounds of ribbing instead of 5.  Not really a major change but the extra inch or so of fabric makes these much more useful, I think.

I've finished Brier, too.  Pictures soon....

Thursday, 8 December 2011


Here, finally, is Blake.

This pattern is from Kim Hargreaves' recent book, Shadows.  It is written for Rowan Alpaca Chunky - I chose to use Felted Tweed Chunky in 282 Blue Midnight, and I used 20 balls of this.

Alpaca Chunky and Felted Tweed Chunky very conveniently work up at exactly the same gauge, the only difference is that Alpaca Chunky needs 10mm needles and Felted Tweed Chunky needs 8mm ones - and apart from using different size needles, the only alteration that I made to the pattern was to add some length to the body.  If I hadn't done this, the sleeves and the body would have been just about the same length, and I don't think that would have been a flattering look with this pullover, not for me at any rate.

I made size 38, and used spliced joins throughout, so the only ends to weave in were at the beginning and end of each pattern piece.   The pattern is of course very well written, and I found no errors.  The finishing details are lovely, even though this is a chunky knit  Kim still pays attention to all the little things.

This would be absolutely gorgeous worked in the recommended yarn, Alpaca Chunky - thick and soft and luxurious.  In this yarn, it is of course not so luxurious - still lovely, though.

It is a lovely warm garment, very comfortable to wear and ideal for throwing on over a long sleeved top - I've worn it already, and when the weather gets colder again it will be getting plenty of use, I am sure.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Well, darn.

I have just realised that I forgot to take any pictures of my Fair Isle project before it went in the post.  I must be getting absent-minded.

I've finished knitting Blake, and I'm zooming along with the last sleeve of Brier.  I must pause and do a bit of blocking with the steam iron, then I can start the seaming.   But it is apparent that very shortly I shall have no actual garment on the needles - quite unusual for me.

Next will be a  basic raglan pullover for my husband in Rowan Lima, probably with a shallow V neckline - I shall take my numbers from Ann Budd's excellent Handy Book of Sweater Patterns.

Still thinking somewhat about the stash, which is taking up entirely too much room - I have two large metal shelving units, and if it was all on there, neatly tucked away in nicely labelled plastic boxes, then I'd have no problem with it.  Unfortunately it is not - the plastic boxes are indeed full, but they are not on the shelves, as the shelves themselves are full.

I am going to focus on knitting up the heavy yarns, to start with.  This seems logical, as they take up a lot of room.  So after the Lima pullover for my husband, I shall finally cast on for Wild Saffron.  I seem to remember saying something along these lines last year - the best laid plans, etc......   We shall see.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Fingerless mitts

I have actually finished something else, in my current pause from sample knitting.   Am I starting a run of accessory knitting, with two sets of fingerless mitts in a row? - I hope not, and in truth it isn't very likely.  I like knitting garments.

These are the very straightforward Fingerless Mitts from the book Knits Men Want.  They really were an extremely quick knit, and a good thing too as all the fingerless gloves and mitts that I have knitted over the years for my husband seem to have disappeared with the start of the colder weather.

I used less than one ball of Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Aran, bought long ago from the bargain bin at Fabric Magic here in Trowbridge, and 4.5mm needles for a nicely dense fabric.  I made the second size, no changes to the pattern at all.

That's quite a good book, actually.  The blurb says that it has the only 10 patterns you'll ever need when knitting for a man, and it could actually be right, or almost right, at least.  Basic stuff, but sometimes it is nice to have it all set out for you.  I think the best thing is that all the patterns are written for a range of different tensions, so you can use whatever yarn you like, pretty much.

I still haven't finished Blake.  I decided in the end to reknit the back - my tension was definitely adrift at the beginning, and the easiest way to deal with it was to pull the whole thing back and reknit.  I'm about half way to the armholes, at the moment.

The stealth knitting is nearly done.  I shall talk about it after Christmas, once it is with the recipient.

Currently I am longing to make myself a Korsnas sweater, as seen on the front cover of Knitting Traditions - much like this one, on Lene's blog.  And like the one you can see in this post, in progress - scroll down past the (completely gorgeous) gloves at the top.   These pullovers are mostly worked in tapestry crochet - the knitted part is just the central section with the lice patterning.  At the moment I am wanting one to a quite unreasonable extent - it would take me ages, and I've never made anything of that size with tapestry crochet, and I've got lots of other things I'd like to be getting on with, already.  And I have no suitable yarn, either.   I think I'd want to change the colour scheme, though, even though it would be going against tradition -  maybe a very pale grey for the background, and an indigo blue instead of red?

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Interweave Knits, and other things

Knitting has continued apace, but I haven't got much to show for it.

Blake is on hold close to the halfway point - back and one sleeve finished.  When I finished the back, I realised that my row gauge was a bit more compressed than it should be, and much heart searching and indecision ensued.  I've only seen little colour-chart snippets of Alpaca Chunky, the yarn for which the pattern is written, but it is undoubtedly a very soft yarn with a good deal of stretch - a good deal more than Felted Tweed Chunky, with which I am working.  This is basically a good stable round yarn with a pleasing solidity - and it won't stretch much under its own weight.

But knitted in the original yarn, I am pretty sure that Blake would have a strong tendency to drop a bit.  I ought to add some more length to take account of this.  Also, this stitch pattern is very stretchy in itself, and doesn't make measuring tension easy at all  And my row count is definitely a bit short.  Too many things to consider, but they all come down to the big question - Will I have enough yarn?   Hence, lots of indecision, and I've resorted to that time honoured method of saving yarn - stopping for a bit.

I moved over to some other knitting which will be a gift.  I can't show this here (which is a great pity, as it is extremely pretty) or even talk about it in too much detail as there is a possibility that the intended recipient might read this.  What I can say is that if you haven't got your hands on any of Rowan's new yarn Fine Tweed just yet, then you are missing a treat.  This is a very nice yarn indeed.   Right now I am ticking along with my usual two-handed fair isle, and just loving it.

I mentioned Interweave Knits.  I have decided that I want to reduce the size of my knitting library - also my wardrobe, but that's another story.   Anyway, I have some back copies of Interweave on eBay at the moment - you'll find them here.

I thought I would mention this here in case anyone is interested - this is ostensibly a knitting blog, after all.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011


Over the weekend I felt the need for a little instant knitting.  Something for myself, something quick.

So, here is (are?) Whittle.

These are long fingerless mitts, worked with 2 balls of Rowan Lima, which I bought a little while ago.  The colour is 880 Andes, a silvery grey - and this yarn is just gorgeous, by the way.

The pattern is by Kim Hargreaves, and you'll find it in her most recent book, Scarlet.  These mitts worked up very quickly indeed.  The fabric is soft and luxurious, and the ribbing makes them very stretchy and easy to wear over layers - they've been getting worn already.

Also, my Felted Tweed Chunky is on the needles now.

I am making Blake, from Kim Hargreaves' book Shadows.  This is a classic ribbed Sloppy Joe pullover, with an interesting neckline.  Kim has written the pattern for Rowan Alpaca Chunky, which works up at exactly the same tension as Felted Tweed Chunky, but needs larger needles to do so - the pattern says 10mm, and I am using 8mm, which is the recommended needle size for the FT Chunky.

It is not very often that you'll find me working with chunky yarn - I find the big needles hard on my hands, and I can't get any real speed going with the knitting.  But there are so few stitches on the needle, that the garment can't help but grow quickly.

This is the back, and I am nearly up to the armhole shaping already.

Right now, quick is good.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Picot picot picot

Yet another new thing.....

I took this picture yesterday, things have moved on since then and I am now working the picot edging.  Lots of picots, really a lot, but very much worth it for the lovely effect.

This is, of course, another sample that I am knitting for Alison Crowther Smith.  It is the Judith Boa, and it has pretty bell-shaped ruffles along each side.   This one is worked using Rowan Fine Lace in Vintage and Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Majestic - I do like Majestic, it is a real chameleon colour and so beautiful.

When I've finished this, I shall get back to Brier. I'd like to have that done, so that I can wear it.  I've got one and a bit sleeves still to work, plus a whole lot of seaming, which I always enjoy - I love seeing a project coming together.  It is the finishing that makes all the difference, I think.

I've got more things in mind to knit - something with Rowan Fine Tweed, and some things with Felted Tweed Chunky.  I don't often work with chunky weight yarn, but there are some wonderful bargains around for this yarn at the moment - we know what that means, of course - and I couldn't let this chance pass me by, because when it is gone, it really will be gone.  I like the Felted Tweed Aran very much - that's what I used for Victor(ia), which by the way fits me very well and is starting to get some wear now that the weather is cooler - so it seems logical that I will like the chunky weight of this yarn as well.

And I think I shall also spend some more time working on my Earth Stripe Curtain - the thing about working with Kidsilk Haze for any length of time, is that when you stop, you miss it.....

Edited to add - I have just heard from a very reliable source that Felted Tweed Chunky is NOT discontinued, it had been added to the discontinued list by mistake.  So I really did get a bargain!

Monday, 31 October 2011

New things

I finished the blue Smudge Scarf over the weekend - we've been off on the boat again, making the most of the good weather whilst it lasts, and that always means plenty of knitting time.  So once that was off the needles, I cast on for a couple of new things.

First was a scarf, made from a skein of Kidsilk Creation.

This was an incredibly quick knit, you really do get maximum results for minimum effort with this stuff.  You can easily make one of these in a single evening, and the fabric is (of course) stunning.   The colour here is Dewberry.

After that I cast on with yet more Kidsilk - this time, a ball of Kidsilk Haze Stripe, in the Cool colourway.  

The ballband has a pattern for a simple stocking stitch scarf with a little moss stitch border - I am a bit unenthused by stocking stitch scarves, I like scarves and wraps to be reversible, by preference, so I went with another idea.

Instead, I am making a simple top down garter stitch triangular wrap.  Once it is a bit deeper, I plan to work long tails so that it is better for wrapping round.  

The colours are lovely, of course, but my photography is not.  There are deep slatey blues going through to a midnight navy, with brick, blood red, violet, hot pink, and silver...

It really is very entertaining knitting, and hard to put down.  I have a pair of socks that has been on the needles for far too long, and Brier is still languishing in the other knitting bag as well, needing only one and a half sleeves to be finished.  Instead of these worthy causes, I keep picking up this pretty thing.

And I want to cast on for Wild Saffron, as well.  My thinking at the moment is that the stash is taking up altogether too much room, and using up the heavier yarns is going to be sensible.  Ideally, I'd have nothing but laceweight and 4ply - maximum knitting from minimum storage space.....

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Blue Smudge

I've been knitting something new.

This is Smudge, from Alison Crowther Smith, worked in two shades of Kidsilk Haze - the dark blue is Hurricane, and the light blue background is Heavenly.  This particular version is being worked at a longer length than the original, which will make it even more versatile.

It is the most lovely knitting, and I know I keep saying that about projects from Alison, but really it is.

The pattern is simple and very easily memorised, although it doesn't look easy.  The beading, of course, adds a beautiful drape to the soft floaty Kidsilk Haze.

My husband stopped and looked at it the other day, and said, 'That's really pretty.'

And I can but agree.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Picking up....

Picking up on life again.

Nearly three weeks post-op now, and I am starting to feel a bit more normal.  This surgery will hopefully be the last - a very clever surgeon at Frenchay Hospital has tried to deal with the damage to a major nerve, the one that has been causing me so much pain.  It is too early to tell for sure, but right now things are looking good - if it isn't dealt with completely, it is at the very least substantially improved.  I hardly dare believe it!

Knitting has continued apace.

I finished the baby blanket which was briefly mentioned before I disappeared off to hospital - this is another really pretty thing - everything that Alison designs seems to be really pretty!

Once again I forgot to take a picture before I wrapped it up and sent it off back to Alison, but I can show you it in progress -

This is the Little Wooden Hill Baby Blanket.  That's Rowan's Handknit Cotton in ecru, with silver beads.  The finished blanket has the most beautiful drape - the cotton has a good weight in the first place, and the beads add more.  The combination of lace, cables, moss stitch and beading - well, it is lovely.  Great fun to knit, not complicated, and it would make the most beautiful gift for a new baby.

Do have a look at Alison's blog, she takes much better pictures than I do.  She's going to be selling this as a kit.   And you can see her picture of the Vintage Comforter, as well - much better than my pictures!

Before she sends me something else to be getting on with, I have very quickly cast on for something from stash, for myself.

Your eyes do not deceive you, that is yet more grey knitting.

This is going to be Brier, a Kim Hargreaves pattern from Rowan Magazine 36.  I'm using Rowan Classic Silk Wool, in a soft silver grey.  I've had 14 balls of this lovely stuff sitting in the stash for a good while now, and I have kept changing my mind about what to make with it - I made up my mind quite suddenly a few days ago, and the knitting has been going pretty fast since then.

The yarn is lovely to work with, by the way.  A pity that it is discontinued, but you'll still find it available online if you look.

Some adjustments to the pattern are required.  This yarn works up at classic DK tension, 5.5spi, and Brier is written for 5spi.  Rather than work at a looser tension, I've stayed with the 5.5spi fabric and am following the instructions for the next size up - size 40 rather than 38.  A few things need to be changed here and there, because of this - the shaping of the sleeve cap and armhole, for example - but nothing complicated.

This is a garment with a lot of finishing required - I like that, of course. It is all about the detail - many of the seams are worked with the wrong sides of the fabric together, giving a ridge on the right side of the finished garment, and the shaping is worked to be clearly visible as well.  The back is knitted in two sections and seamed down the centre, leaving a vent at the lower edge.  And each of the sleeves is worked in two sections, as well.

So far I have finished knitting the back pieces, and have nearly finished the garter stitch border of the left front.  Today I plan to finish the left front and hopefully get started on the right front, and maybe also block and seam the back....

Convalescence, you see, involves lots of resting in the shade and knitting, enjoying this glorious Indian Summer weather.  Life is rather good all round, at the moment.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Vintage Comforter

It is finished, and it is so pretty....

This is the sort of thing you'd wear over a coat, wrapped cosily around your neck and pinned in place.  I'm very pleased with this result - it is a lovely thing.  Right now it is folded away in acid-free tissue paper, waiting to be sent back to the designer - Alison Crowther-Smith again, of course.

I do wish I knew how to take better pictures - my camera always puts too much blue in the image.

I have cast on for something else now, a cotton baby blanket with beading and lace - once again, for Alison.

I shall be disappearing for a little while now, I have to be in hospital for a few days but I shall be back soon.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Something new

It is so nice to have something new and interesting on the needles - soft, pretty, textured, with such lovely yarns as well, and a truly gorgeous combination of colours.   After all these years of knitting, it isn't very often that I find myself presented with something that actually feels new to me - and right now I am lucky enough to have a project exactly like that.

So - two yarns held together.  One strand of Rowan Pure Wool 4ply in a soft pink called Vintage, one strand of Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Majestic, which is of course something of a chameleon - not lilac, not grey, but something of both - very unique, and a very 'Rowan' colour.  Put this together with an interesting stitch pattern, and you will find that I am a happy knitter. I've been ticking along with this particular lovely for a few days now, and it is going beautifully, if I do say so myself.

This is unblocked, of course - still on the needles.  And it looks so pretty!   I am not sure which appeals the most - the texture or the colour.  And speaking of the colour, I've done my level best here to get it right, and although it is close, it is not exact - my camera always seems to put too much blue in the mix, and it is hard to correct.

Anyway - is it old rose?  or crushed strawberry?

Either way, it is lovely, and so is the design.

This will be available soon as a kit from Alison Crowther-Smith, and I think that she will be running a workshop for it, too.  

I'm looking forward to the last part of the pattern, there is a lovely pointy ruffle to make along each end.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Changing my mind...

I've completed very few projects with cables over recent years - the way it usually goes is that I fall out of love with the garment before I've finished the first pattern piece, I pull it all back, and rework the yarn in a different pattern.

It looks like this is happening again.....

I am almost up to the shoulderline of Truffle, from Rowan Classic Summer Delights, and I'm just not loving this.  I don't know why - it is a perfectly nice pattern, pleasant to knit and of course the cable pattern is very easily memorised.   The finished garment would be like this -

When I started knitting this, it seemed like exactly what I wanted.  But now I'm thinking I want texture instead of cables, and a higher neckline instead of a deep v-neck.

In my head, I'm planning a pullover similar to Kim Hargreaves' pattern Navigator from Rowan 29, but with more length, and with texture - a stitch pattern along the lines of the one used in St Mawes, from Rowan 39.   My Grey Navigator is worn a lot - the pattern would be rather different worked in this Cotton Jeans yarn, which has more weight to it even though it works up at the same tension, but the stitch pattern of St Mawes would add stability - I think this would be a good combination.

And also, it would be more flattering to wear, which should not be ignored.  In fact, I think that is the decider.  I have just made up my mind.  What was I thinking?  A deep v neckline, on someone my shape?

I haven't pulled back the knitting yet.  Later this morning, though.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011


Time for a bit of an update, I think.

The mysterious sparkly thing is finished, wrapped up, and posted off to the designer.  It is very pretty indeed, truly.

This is a rather special scarf - or it would work beautifully as a little evening wrap.  At each end there is a border of the silver Shimmer, and a fringe of Kidsilk Haze.

This was made for Alison Crowther Smith, who is the person to ask if you are interested in one of these for yourself.

Right now, I am back working on my green Truffle.  The yarn  - RYC Cotton Jeans - seems so big after the Kidsilk Haze and Shimmer.  But I am enjoying the quickly growing fabric.  Photo soon.....

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Shimmery stuff

I finished these pretty little mitts a couple of days ago.

I am not usually much for shiny sparkly things, at least in my knitting, but these are just so sweet.  I do wish I could take better photographs, at times like this.

They are soft and comfortable to wear, as well.  I am thinking now of all the possibilities of colour choices, and trying hard not to get carried away.

I've been knitting these for Alison Crowther-Smith, you'll find all the details on her website.

And - of course - now that I've finished the Frost Flowers mitts, I've started something new.  Again, this is for Alison.  I've not got very far yet, as you can see.  But my goodness, it is pretty already.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Blue heaven

I've got something rather gorgeous on the needles at the moment.  I haven't talked much about my paid knitting work until now, but that is about to change, because this is just too lovely.

I am lucky to be knitting at the moment for Alison Crowther-Smith.  And just look....

So beautiful.  It is like an early evening sky reflected in rippling water....

This is going to be a pair of little fingerless mitts, worked with a strand of Rowan Kidsilk Haze held together with a strand of Rowan Shimmer - the pattern is called Frost Flower.

And I am enjoying this knitting so much!

The surprise for me here is Rowan Shimmer.  I've seen it before, of course, but I've never actually knitted with it myself.  It is so much nicer than the previous sparkly yarn from Rowan, which was called Lurex Shimmer.  That was on the hard side, and although it looked lovely, it wasn't lovely to knit with.  The current  Rowan Shimmer is nothing like that - it is soft, supple, beautiful.  I love it.

And when you combine it with Kidsilk Haze, well, I think this is knitting nirvana.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Shades of green

Lots of green, recently.

There is my knitting -

This is going to be Truffle, from Rowan's excellent brochure Summer Delights, worked in Rowan Classic Cotton Jeans, in 361 Jute - discontinued now, of course.  An incredible bargain from Kemps Wool Shop.  That's a very dangerous link, by the way - not safe for credit cards at all!

I think this could just as well have been called Sludge.  Anyway, it is green, and a very Rowan sort of green, and I like it.

And this -

We've been off on the boat, you see.

It brought this to mind, and I've had the tune going through my head for a couple of days now.

Shades of green again -


I finished Baymouth over the weekend, and it has turned out to be very successful.

I made quite a lot of modifications to this pattern.  First, I worked on smaller needles to produce a firmer tension - 4.5mm needles instead of 5mm, and working at 18 sts to 4" instead of 17 sts.  I much prefer the fabric like this, it is only a small change but it seems to make a noticeable difference. 

Next, I shortened it.  I wasn't after a tunic, just a pullover with a good amount of length - so I took it up by 5".  And I also shortened the vents, 4" seemed as if it would be sensible.  The long vents in the pattern meant that it would be easy to access the pockets in my jeans without having to hitch up the pullover, but as I was planning to add pockets anyway, there was no reason to keep the long vents. 

I like the fold up cuffs, and kept that unchanged.  If I fold them up, I have three quarter length sleeves - if I leave them down, I have full length sleeves.  Very useful.

Then I added pockets, once everything else was finished.  I've taught this technique many times, but this is the first time I've actually used it on a garment for myself.  First there is the decision of where to put the pockets and how big to make them - this is very easy, once you've worn the garment for a little while.  

After that, there is the snipping of a single stitch  - just one - right in the middle of where you want the top of the pocket to be.  My husband was fairly horrified by this - 'You're cutting your knitting!?  Why are you doing that?'   Heh.  

Next, there is unravelling across to the markers for the side points, and putting the newly released live stitches on to needles.  Very easy.  

Different size needles there.  4.5mm for the top stitches, which are knitted downward, as the body fabric.  And 4mm for the bottom stitches, which are  worked upward to form a garter stitch band.

The knitting of the band and the pocket goes very quickly.  Then the garter band is stitched neatly to the body at each side, the pocket inner is grafted (hopefully) invisibly to the inside of the garment, just above the lower garter band, and the sides are slip stitched into place as neatly as possible.  

And there's the pocket.  I made two, of course.

So in summary - this is Baymouth, from Rowan Cotton Classics, a design from Martin Story.  I followed the directions for size L, working with a firmer gauge using 4.5mm needles instead of 5mm, to produce size M.  I put some increases along the sides of the sleeves to adjust for my gauge difference so that the sleeve fit into the armhole neatly; I shortened the overall length, reduced the length of the vents, and finally added afterthought pockets.

I used 14 balls of Rowan All Seasons Cotton in one of the printed colourways, long discontinued.  This is grey printed on ecru, I think it was perhaps called Cloud.

Overall I'm really pleased with this pullover, it is being worn a lot and it is very comfortable.  My husband has christened it the Mad Hippy Woman Pullover, and says it looks good.

I've cast on for something else already, of course - two somethings as it happens.   Also, something by the way of paid knitting work ought to be arriving in the post today - a rather lovely something.  More on this, anon.

Monday, 25 July 2011


I finished this rather nice pullover a while ago, but I haven't written about it here yet. So here we are, despite the fact that Blogger still won't let me move pictures around.

I must be doing something wrong, but I haven't yet worked out what it is. At the moment I have to upload pictures in the reverse of the order in which I want them to appear, and then put the text around them. If I decide that I want to add another picture, then I have to upload the whole lot all over again, rather tedious. Any advice would be welcome.

Anyway, here is Victor(ia).

The pattern is Victor, from Kim Hargreaves' book Touching Elegance. What I was after here was a big soft warm loose pullover, which nonetheless fit in a flattering way, and I think I've got exactly what I wanted.

This was made using Felted Tweed Aran, which is just lovely to work with. It feels like the nicest of woolly yarns, and beautifully soft to the hand. The colour I chose was 729 Soot, and I used 13 balls.

I chose to follow the directions for size 40", and altered the pattern to narrow the shoulders, because this was for me and I don't have man-sized shoulders. I had to alter the sleeve caps to correspond to this of course, all pretty straightforward really, and I think it has come out rather well. The shoulder line and the fit of the sleeve into the body all look fine to me.

This pattern is full of lovely details, all rather subtle. But the star is definitely the lovely fabric that Felted Tweed Aran produces. I'm very pleased with the finished garment.

On the current knitting front, I still haven't finished Baymouth. Well, I did finish the knitting, but when I began to fit the sleeves to the body, I decided that some alterations were needed. I needed to add a little width to the top of the sleeve, to take account of my altered tension, and also I had knitted the second sleeve rather more firmly than I should have, and it had made a difference to the sizing which I could not ignore.

So I unravelled the whole of one sleeve, and two thirds of the other one, and I've been reworking them at the right (and hopefully consistent) tension, with a couple of increases each side. Only a small alteration there, but I think that it will make an important difference to the finish.

Right now I've nearly finished the second sleeve for the second time. I want this finished! - it would be getting worn, if it were.

I am still thinking about afterthought pockets, and it looks as if I will have enough yarn to do this. So I shall finish the whole thing, and then we'll have a go at that. I've taught this technique many times, but I've never actually had occasion to use it in my own knitting, so I suppose this will be a first, in a way.

Soon, I hope.