I had some oddments of yarn from earlier projects, which I decided to use up.
Hat with bamboo needles and a circular needle
My first project was a hat. I used a pattern from The Aran Look by Patons No 151. The pattern was called “For country walks”. There is a “Stalk” on the top of the hat in the pattern (instead of a bobble). I omitted it. I also omitted one pattern repeat (4 rows) to reduce the depth of the hat as I was knitting it for someone with a smaller than average head. (The pattern was for an average head.)
The yarn I used was Airedale Aran from Texere yarns. I had bought some when it was discontinued. The garment, which resulted in spare yarn for the hat, appeared in an earlier post.
There was a large number of stitches so I found it easier to work backwards and forwards on a circular needle for much of the project. For the shaping of the crown I used straight bamboo needles, which I find more comfortable to use than needles, which feel cold to the touch.
The pattern for the baby bootees was from an old copy of Woman’s weekly, Top to Toe Layette. It was for Robin yarns. It is just possible that I used a modern Robin yarn, but I didn’t make a note. It was certainly a well-known brand. I used 1 metre of approximately .25in wide ribbon for each pair of bootees. (Yes, we are metric in the UK!)
I finished reading three books in January. I recommend them all.
The first book was a Christmas present. Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane is a fascinating book. It was conceived as a response to words about the countryside being omitted from a children’s dictionary to make space for technological vocabulary. As well as being a book about words, this is a book about books, about authors and about the countryside. The paperback edition I read included additional glossaries of words, which had been sent to the author following the publication of the first edition. I was interested to spot the name of an acquaintance, who had presumably added to the list of words, in the acknowledgements. I hadn’t heard about this book before I received it, but in one of those strange twists in life known as synchrony, just after I had read it I learned that there is to be an exhibition at Wordsworth House, Cockermouth from March to September this year, called Wild Words. It takes its inspiration from this book and has been guest-curated by the author.
The second book I read was The Kill Fee by Fiona Veitch Smith. Having enjoyed the first of the Poppy Denby books, I was keen to read the second one. It is a good read. The author has added a disclaimer about some historical inaccuracies. I suspect there may be others, but the story hangs together well and is a page-turner. I read it in a day, while suffering from a sore throat. The title is rather unusual, but its significance is revealed in the story.
The third book was one, which I have read many times. Winnie-the-Pooh is a classic children’s story. I read it aloud from a compendium of A.A. Milne’s writing for his son Christopher Robin (Winnie-the-pooh the complete collection of stories and poems). The book has coloured illustrations by E.H. Shepard. Those, who are only familiar with the Disney cartoon versions of these stories, are missing out on subtleties of language and the coloured sketches.
It seems a long time since a knitting post appeared on this blog.
I knitted a little jumper/sweater from a pattern I have used previously. I began knitting it in the summer and completed it just before Christmas. Usually, when I knit, I treat my projects as though they were urgent. This time I was deliberately trying to knit for pleasure and not with the goal of completing a garment quickly. I mentioned this in a post on the More than writers’ blog at the end of August.
The pattern I used was Lister-Lee K 1367. I used a different make of double knitting yarn. It was a well-known brand, but I didn’t make a note of what sort it was.
I had a small amount of yarn left over, which I used to knit a pair of bootees for a premature baby. The special baby unit at the local hospital accepts donations, which I make through an acquaintance, who used to work there. The pattern I use was a charity knitting supplement to Woman’s Weekly a long time ago.