It’s Nippy! Must Be Knitting Time.

It’s that time of year when I prefer the comfort of a big, warm, fluffy ball of wool and a pair of chunky needles to a cutting mat and some flimsy fabric.  That’s not to say I have abandoned the sewing machine.  I have the new Grainline sweatshirt pattern, ‘Linden’  and some french terry fabric ready to make something to keep me warm at the start of my yoga class.  I also have Colette’s new Dahlia dress pattern for which I’m going to throw caution to the wind and try sewing with plaid again – they promise it’s an ideal pattern for plaid (no darts) and will hold my hand along the way which I will need after my last disastrous attempt.   So I’m just awaiting a huge fabric delivery, praying Customs won’t punish me too much for ordering from the States,  then I can get going on that.  I also have a sort of 70s boho vibe top cut out and ready to go for Mlle Tialys the younger and just need to make or buy some bias binding and ribbon and I’ll be off.  But, for the moment, I’m mainly in knitting mode.

In a timely fashion for the temperature change we’ve just experienced – one day in swimming pool*, next day looking at snow on the mountains – I’ve just recently finished this jacket or short coat, as it is called on the pattern.

* not me in swimming pool of course.  As if.  It needs to be at least 27 degrees for me to get in – and I’m talking water temperature not air temperature

Square Patterned Jacket

This is Sirdar Pattern 8951 in Denim Ultra which is a joy to work with and also knits up quicker than you can say ‘I think I might actually wear this one’.  My mum had made one for herself and I liked it, especially when I saw the size of the needles (10mm) and the rope like yarn.  It’s definitely a quick fix knit.  I was lucky enough to find somebody selling it for a fraction of the price but only in one colour – Laurel – which is a dark green with black fleck, although I know it looks grey in the photo.  So an economical knit too.

Here is the back but I confess that, true to form, I made an error right at the beginning by ignoring my usual insistence using cable cast on and following the pattern instructions to cast on using the thumb method.  I’m sure there is a good reason to do this but, not being used to it, I cast on too loosely for the back and it stayed a bit ‘loopy’.  When I took these photos I hadn’t fixed it but now I have by weaving a length of yarn along the cast on edge at the back to neaten it up.



The reason it is on the mannequin instead of me, by the way, is because it was bloomin’ hot on the day I took the photos and I usually relish any excuse not to photograph myself plus my mannequin carries off a jaunty silk scarf much better than me.

Before I start my next project, I must must must – I really must – finish my socks I started back at the beginning of the year and then abandoned (or hibernated, as they call it on Ravelry) .  Remember these?  My two at a time, toe up, striped socks using the tutorial from Heidi Bears.

Two at a time socksWell they are now past the heel and halfway up my leg so another couple of evenings will have them finished but, until then, I am not going to cast on for this pattern called ‘Shale’ from Kim Hargreaves book ‘Storm’.

in this

SirdarDenim UltraBlackberrywhich is Sirdar Denim Ultra again, in Blackberry, and I’m going to use it instead of Rowan Big Wool which is what is used in the pattern.  It is half the price and, after reading some negative reviews on Ravelry about the Rowan yarn, might be a better choice anyway.  I’ve knitted a swatch and I think, by going down a needle size, I can make it work.

But first, I have a pair of stripy socks to finish.


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  1. #1 by katechiconi on November 6, 2014 - 13:37

    I’m breaking into a sweat just thinking about a nice hot pile of wool in my lap. It’s hot, it’s bushfire season, the temperature’s in the low 30s most days. That said, I love your juicy blackberry coloured yarn, which should knit up fabulously in that pattern.

  2. #2 by tialys on November 6, 2014 - 13:51

    I know! As recently as Monday it was in the high 20s here and, literally overnight, we had some rain which fell as snow in the mountains and the temperature is suddenly down by around 10 degrees, more in the early morning. I always think of the seasons changing gradually but it doesn’t seem to happen like that anymore.

  3. #3 by lovelucie1 on November 6, 2014 - 15:08

    LOVE your new jacket! Really contemporary. Your next pattern looks great too but would surely drive me mad with all that stitch changing!

    • #4 by tialys on November 7, 2014 - 17:27

      Yes, but the big needles and super chunky yarn make that sort of thing much easier. I hope anyway. I’ll let you know how I get on.

  4. #5 by Jan Marriott on November 6, 2014 - 16:43

    I too have tken up the needles…usual 30s baby pattern, determined to use up my stash ( unlikely in a month of Sundays)
    I like your pattern, always have had a soft spot for any kind of basket stitch……and do I recognize that jaunty scarf????

    • #6 by tialys on November 7, 2014 - 17:26

      Ooh! 30s baby patterns – I bet they are all on thin needles with 4 ply wool. Mind you, my socks are on 2.75mm and I’m surviving the experience but I do find it slow – give me big chunky things to knit every time and I’ll buy the finer knit things in the shops.
      and, yes, you do recognize the jaunty scarf – a lovely gift from your stash that I treasure.

  5. #7 by Trishia Jacobs on November 6, 2014 - 17:48

    I saw the toe sock beginning picture and thought you were knitting a bikini. You did say it was getting nipply outside. Oh, that was nippy….:)

    • #8 by tialys on November 7, 2014 - 17:23

      Hee hee! I thought it looked like a knitted bikini too but those days are long gone I’m afraid 😦

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