Things have been moving at a snails pace here. Some kind and very generous sole (the finger of suspicion is pointed firmly in Mr Y's direction) has shared their germs with me so I've been feeling rather under the weather and haven't felt like doing anything very productive.
In a bid to cheer myself up (and because I've been having a little play with the immensely frustrating Photoshop) I've done a little collage of what I've been up these past few days!
Taking an enforced rest, I've spent a lot of time knitting and crafting and have almost put together my parcel for the Christmas Swap!
Snuggled in the warm I've also finally been able to bring some kind of order to the snaps I took of my most recently completed woollies and so I have not 1, not 2 but 3 to share with you!!
First up is one from a 1943 pattern featured in one of my beloved Stitchcraft magazines.
I've knitted it before in Stylecraft melon and a beautiful, unbranded, pale pink cashmere so you might think that it would have been easy. Well, so did I and so I motored through the front and both sleeves before tackling the back. Having reached the shoulders, I discovered that I'd gone 2 stitches out of sync which meant the nice neat "square" design was wonky! Argh, I can't tell you how I swore. Disheartened is an understatement, furious and frustrated with myself is closer to the mark.
However, not to be defeated, I pulled it back and started again and am pleased to say that it "turned out nice again" ;o) The yarn chosen for this one was Stylecraft 4 ply in pale rose and I used little clear patterned buttons. It's a really pretty little cardigan jumper which I think, and hope, will be perfect for spring, although I know it's had a little outing already! :o)
Next up is another of the ever popular waffle jumpers which was originally featured in a Needlewoman and Needlecraft magazine.
Again, Stylecraft yarn was used, this time in shades cardinal, fern, cobalt and silver grey. I really like Stylecraft for both quality and value. You get good yardage and the 100% acrylic isn't at all itchy, which from my point of view, is a very good thing.
The waffle is quite a time consuming jumper to knit because the colour of the wool has to be changed every 4 rows. It's also quite a time consuming one to sew up because the stripes get sewn together in the corresponding thread so lots of needle threading and snipping of wool. It really is worth it though because it's such a pretty jumper in a really easy stitch - well worth a try :o)
Last, but by no means least, was a cardigan knitted from this Bestway pattern.
Knitted with King Cole DK in a shade called petrol, this cardigan actually ended up being my favourite. The yarn is good quality, isn't itchy, gives a lovely finish and is wonderfully snugly - perfect for this chill we're currently experiencing.
The pattern, again, was quite easy, just 5 rows of 3, 1 rib divided by a knit row. The band was knitted separately and proved to be the trickiest piece of the entire thing because achieving the scalloped edge in the thicker wool was somewhat of a challenge!
I have to admit that I felt somewhat relieved when I ran in the last thread because it meant I could finally get them posted to the incredibly patient customer. The order had been going on for many months, far longer than I would have liked, and I was very frustrated with myself that I hadn't been able to get through them more quickly as I try so hard not to disappoint people .
This was the jumpers, packed and ready to go.
Sending a jumper to the new owner is something I find really nerve wracking. Silly as it might sound, I always worry that I've not got the fit right or the jumper won't have turned out as the customer had envisaged.
Thankfully, this time, I needn't have worried because the knitteds have found a happy new home with the lovely Hen and if you take a peek at her lovely blog, HenHouse, you'll see that the pink cardi has already had an outing and looks amazing! :o)
That's it for orders for me now until January 2013. I'm giving my fingers a much needed rest for the next few weeks so I can concentrate on getting rid of this blasted bug and can then focus on all things festive!!
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