Monday, 4 April 2011
And so we move into spring...
My first project was a pair of mittens for the delightful Dylann -- another in the annual series with her high school's initials and the year knt into the palms. Dyl was frightened by my sister telling her in September last year that she had given me a 'great idea'** for Christmas gifts -- according to my Mom Dyl's reaction was 'But I like my mitts!!'
a Drops pattern) will be the final high school pair as next year she starts university -- I wonder what those colours will be?
I really wanted to make my Dad a cardigan so on our trip to Bathurst we found 'The Spinning Wheel' yarn shop (no website that I could find - but if you are in the area you'll find it in the phone book!). It is a lovely little shop with a really wide variety of yarns. The owners were really friendly and it became a regular stop in our trips to town after that!
I wanted the cardigan to be easy care so I opted for some Sirdar Denim yarn in a brown colour (which doesn't appear on the website so perhaps it has been discontinued - too bad it was a nice colour.). It's soft to touch and I really liked working with it. Finding the right pattern was pretty straightforward - a bit of searching and I settled on Charcoal Ribbed Cardigan -- available for free from Knitting Daily.
The cardigan flew off my needles. The body is knit flat in one piece to the sleeves, and the sleeves and shoulder caps are knit separately. The knitting was done within days - and I had seamed the main pieces together but when my dad tried it on we all agreed that the body was too short and it needed a couple more inches
What I did was snip the yarn in the row above the body ribbing and then very carefully pull the yarn through the stitches to separate the ribbing from the main body. As I did this I carefully placed the stitches from the main body onto a needle. Luckily, knitting doesn't unravel upward so this wasn't too stressful!
This sort of fix isn't always possible for complicated patterns (or maybe it is and requires more thinking power than I have!) but for simpling stocking or ribbing works quite well.
Now, only a quest for buttons kept it from 'finished' status. Trips to Zellers and Walmart were fruitless but I struck gold (or brown button) at an old sewing shop where the owner kindly went through EVERY button in stock to help me get the right ones.
The finished cardigan was well received - and my Dad showed it to everyone who dropped by. Naturally, he hasn't worn it - but I know he loves it!
I haven't knit a thing since I got back to London but I can feel the urge to start a project building. I think a browse through my books and magazines for some inspiration is in order!
** My sister's 'great idea' will be revealed later...I don't have any photos of the finished objects yet!