I hope this post finds you well. I’m so pleased it’s almost the weekend, and a bank holiday weekend no less!!
Today’s post is all about the knitting!!
If you saw my previous posts about the two most recent jumpers that hadn’t gone entirely to plan, then I’m sure you’ll understand why I’d somewhat lost my enthusiasm for knitting.
After my previous failures, I was uninspired by the knitting patterns in my own collection and decided I needed something new. Turning to Etsy, as you do, I stumbled across Bex’s rather fine collection of PDF patterns.
There are some beautiful patterns in Bex’s Etsy shop but in the end, I went for a simple jumper which was predominantly stocking stitch, but that had the iconic 1940’s style.
I’m trying to be sensible and use up some of the 20+ Kgs of wool that is threatening to break out of the various suitcases under my bed. Although I would have loved to have gone shopping for some pretty wool for the new woolly, I instead went to my stash and picked out some Stylecraft 4 ply in cardinal, which is a lovely rich red.
The jumper was easy to knit and came along quite quickly. The loop detail across the front was really simple and the instructions were nice a clear, which isn’t always the case with vintage patterns. I made an alteration to the pattern which was to change the ties across the front from knitted ties to satin ribbon. There was no collar, just a row of double crochet, the only kind of crochet I can manage, round the neckline. Simple black buttons and a snapper closed the back and voila, the jumper was done!
I did a happy dance when I slipped it onto Doris, for a photo shoot in the sunny garden, and found that is was all as it was meant to be! No mistakes this time!
The jumper was sewn up just in time to be taken along to the 1940’s weekend at Ramsey and I’m pleased to say it found a new home. Ramsey was brilliant this year, lots of displays and stalls. I have added some pictures to my Facebook page which you can see here :o)
Back to the knitting! I find knitting a real pleasure; you’ve probably already guessed that by the number of posts about my woollies that you’ll find on this old blog. However, recently, I’ve found that knitting for other people puts me under great pressure. In my very busy little life, homeschooling my little ladies etc, etc, etc, something’s gotta give and after great thought, I have decided to stop offering commission pieces. I’ll still be knitting, of course I will, just try and stop me, and my jumpers will still be offered for sale either at the various events and fairs I go to or on my Facebook page, but the pressure will be off and a weight lifted :o)