My word hasn’t it gone cold again?! Much of the
During my blogging absence, (where have those 2 weeks gone?) my fingers have been busy. I’ve being doing a spot felt flower making, a post on that to follow shortly, and I’ve finally managed to finish and sew up the red and black waffle jumper that I was working on.
Knitted in trusty Stylecraft 4 ply, using black and cardinal, it’s superbly soft and rather pretty, even if it does have a certain “Dennis the Menace” look about it!
For anyone considering giving the waffle jumper a go, I highly recommend it. It’s a simple pattern to follow so is nicely suited to a beginner, and worked in 2 colours, rather than the 4 suggested, it’s an easy jumper to do.
With the waffle finished, I’ve swiftly moved onto my next commission and am working from another Needlewoman Needlecraft pattern, again from 1943. This time I’m working with Stylecraft luxury DK in shades ecru and autumn glow.
I’ve never used the yarn before and I’m not far enough into the pattern to know whether I like it or not. It’s a 51% wool, 49% premium acrylic mix and it’s not as soft as I expected it to be. That probably has something to do with the fact that I’m not a great wool fan but it’s knitting up nicely, in terms of shape, and I’m looking forward to seeing the two colours worked together.
On the buying front, I've been doing more than a little pattern shopping. Due to the chilly weather, I've been reluctant to poke my nose outside the door and have therefore spent more time than usual on eBay. Good for increasing my pattern collection, not so good on my purse! I also made my first ever Etsy purchase. I'd never looked properly at what is on offer on Etsy but was pleasantly surprised at what you can get.
Ebay has plenty of patterns to choose from at the moment but I have been restrained and only bought ones that I really liked and those that didn't go for a small fortune!
First up, a couple more Stitchcraft magazines, one in very good condition, the other in slightly tatty, sticky tape mended condition. I also bought my first ever knitted skirt pattern! Don't misunderstand me, I have no intention of ever knitting a skirt, but it's nice to have it in my collection :o)
Many of the second lot feature one of my most favourite knitting models. I find it hard to resist such patterns when they come up for sale.
Very much saving the best until last, a much coveted and searched for knitting booklet that I am super duper happy to have added to my collection. It’s a booklet called Knitting for the RAF. I’m not going to go into too much detail because the lovely TicketyBoo Tupney has done a fabulous post about it on her blog, you can check it out here.
My copy of this beautifully illustrated knitting book has “COMPLIMENTARY COPY” stamped on the front in purple ink with W.V.S pencilled on the top right corner. I find the thought that this booklet was originally in the hands of a W.V.S group rather exciting! Illustrated by Laurie Tayler, it's a delight to flick through for the images alone. The pattern book was bought for an unbelievable £2.40 plus postage! Bargain I think!
|My new knitting booklet and my treasured Laurie Tayler wartime postcard.|
Right, I'm off. I already have my evening’s entertainment planned. I shall be tucking into a rather indulgent slice of homemade Guinness cake before picking up the needles and watching of with the return of Foyles War – thank you ITV – it’s been too long!
I hope you enjoy your evening too :o)