I had nearly completed a child’s jumper I was knitting, when it was time to pack to go on a family visit. I decided I could manage without any knitting for a couple of weeks.
However I had reckoned without the temptation of being offered some yarn. My daughter had acquired a quantity of assorted yarn from freecycle. She pulled out a spool of nylon ribbon and said, “You can have this if it is any use to you”.
I checked the pattern on the band and found that 3 spools were required to make a scarf. One wasn’t going to be much use. So I looked at the rest of her yarn and found a very heavy spool of bronze coloured bouclé yarn. It went well with the multicoloured ribbon. (Lion Brand Yarn – Incredible, shade Autumn Leaves)
So I borrowed her bamboo knitting needles and began to knit. The ribbon was wide and the bouclé fine, so each time I changed from ribbon to bouclé I worked twice into each stitch and as I changed back to ribbon I worked two stitches together. I used the odd-pin method for the ribbon and suitable needles (the size of the smaller one) for the bouclé.
I soon had a scarf!
There was plenty of bouclé left, so I began to crochet with it and made another. I even wore it to go out in the evenings.
Next I found a large ball of multicoloured yarn, which had lost its label. I could only think of scarves, although it was hot outside! I began to crochet…and crochet… and crochet and a couple of days before we were due to leave, I had completed another (bigger) scarf!
Not long after I arrived home I finished the jumper too. I used Wendy Jubilee DK with 25% wool. The slip stitch pattern was from Worldwide Knitting April 1983. I adapted the neckline from the polo neck in the pattern.
When you go on holiday do you have a holiday from your hobbies?