Not a Scandinavian local football match result but a record of my knitting progress over the past few weeks.
Warning: Knitting heavy post but for the non-knitters amongst you there are some pretty pictures and I will attempt to be vaguely amusing.
As my Mum was here for Christmas, on her own for the first time since my Dad died at the end of November, I was determined to forego my usual sewing activities and Etsy shop tending and devote myself to her entertainment which involved walking slowly and aimlessly around a few shops, watching a couple of omnibus editions of Eastenders – a lot can happen in 3 hours you know – and, of course, knitting.
Flushed with success by this recently finished Sirdar jacket which was a breeze to make in a yarn* that is super soft and a pleasure to work with, I decided to go all ‘independent designer’ and had a look on Ravelry for some likely pattern candidates.
I love this one from Kate Davies but think it might be devilishly difficult. However it is definitely in my queue as I just love that braided design she’s created, the shape of it and everything about it really.
Encouraged by lots of successful projects undertaken by members of Ravelry, I decided to buy two patterns by Andi Satterlund – well, more accurately, I bought one as the other is a generous free download – ordered in the wool/yarn and waited for my Mum to arrive with needles poised.
This is the ‘Marion’ and is the one I paid for. Another interesting cable pattern and I like the cropped design. New for me, it is knitted from the top down so you knit the back then pick up stitches from the cast on edge for each front panel – no sewing up to do at the end, hooray! All was going well until I had all three pieces joined on the same needle and then I nearly went cross eyed trying to keep the cable pattern on each side accurate whilst also following the decreasing rows. Maybe I shouldn’t have tried to do it whilst watching the Eastenders omnibus. I don’t normally watch any soaps but, I must say, even when it is only on in the background it’s impossible not to get drawn in when there is a cat fight involving one woman throwing the Christmas turkey at another, people forming a human chain to help somebody move from one house to another just across the street (as you do) and the arrival of an English bulldog called Lady Di . Ah well, after many ‘unknitting’ episodes, I have given up for the moment and taken it all back to the point where I just have the back on a stitch holder and I will attempt the front panels again when I am feeling calmer. My one will be dark red by the way.
Meanwhile, Mum cast on for the free download ‘Miette’ from the same designer and was often to be heard muttering (well, alright, cursing) away as she tried to keep all the stitches present and correct on circular needles which she isn’t used to. In the end she squeezed all the stitches onto regular needles and started to progress. Once I got fed up with the tortuous cables above, I cast on for my version of the ‘Miette’ and, up to now, not wishing to tempt fate, it is going well. Hopefully I will be able to do a ‘reveal’ in a week or so. Here’s a pic of the Miette by Andi Satterlund – my one will be in a mustardy colour – if you click on it you will be taken to her blog where you will find the free download button.
The second frogging was done a little while back and I am ashamed because it is a ridiculously easy pattern and yet it all went horribly wrong. It is done in a cotton yarn and in garter stitch throughout. However, every single split stitch and fault was startlingly evident and, also, I couldn’t get the gauge right because the combination of the yarn and stitch seemed to make the knitting all stretchy and weird and so it is now back in ball form in my queue. Has anybody else had problems with this boat neck sweater from Bergere de France or is it just me?
To put your mind at ease, when I finally do crack this pattern, I will not be wearing it with teeny, tiny polka dot bikini bottoms – oh that I could!
* Sirdar Crofter Chunky