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Knitting news

As most of my lockdown knitting has been premature baby cardigans and children’s hats, which have featured here previously, I have not written a knitting post for a while. This post is about a completed project and one I started recently.

A request to knit a cardigan for a young relative was accompanied by a photo of a shop-bought garment. For once I had no suitable patterns. However, I subscribe to a knitting email. Soon afterwards they offered a downloadable pattern for a pretty cardigan. The yarn for the pattern is Euro Baby Babe Jazz, which is a multi-coloured polyamide/acrylic yarn. I chose Fairy Forest as the shade, ordering it from The Knitting Network’s website.

Completed cardigan

Cardigan

I was very favourably impressed by the speed of delivery and the minimal, but effective, packaging. Fairy Forest is mainly green and blue. I began knitting in daylight. When I first saw the yarn by (energy saving) electric light I had a shock – it looked blue and yellow. (Do you remember That dress?) Fairy Forest is a magic colour-changing yarn!

I adapted the measurements from the pattern to (hopefully) fit the recipient. I had spare yarn for two hats.

The edging is bell-edging, which is straightforward to knit and very pretty. It was a new stitch-pattern to me.

Yarn, bamboo needles and a short length of scarf

Knitting kit

My current project is using up yarn from the two Aran-weight garments I have made in recent years. A friend I met at the craft group (which I stopped attending a few years ago) highlighted a charity project on Facebook. The idea is to knit, crochet or weave scarves to equal the length of one of the long-distance footpaths in this county. Dark colours are preferred. The scarves are for homeless people in this county and beyond it.

I cast on 29 stitches using 5.0mm needles (US size 9 pins), which gives the recommended width of 6 ins. There were a number of suggested stitch patterns on Facebook. I decided to use a mixture of knit and purl rows to give a ridged effect. My plan is to have a similar block of the pink yarn at each end of the scarf. I wound the pink yarn until I had two balls of equal weight.

Knitting a long scarf may take a while…

…and may not be the best way to help a homeless person. It is one way of helping and using up yarn, which is otherwise just taking up space.

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Adventures with gloves

One day when we were returning from a walk, hubby went on ahead while I made a detour to take some photos of wild flowers. (I have been a regular participant in #wildflowerhour on Twitter for a couple of years.)

I found that the sandstone paving outside the church was very slippery. (It has since been cleaned.) I managed to cross it without mishap and found more flowers. Then I found several pavement plants, so I kept stopping and crouching down, putting my phone in my pocket and getting it out again. It had become warmer (or I had with all that exercise) so my gloves were also in a pocket.

I turned a busy corner and was in the next street to home, when I checked my pockets and found I only had one glove. I was tired. I couldn’t remember when I had last had two gloves. Instead of turning back and retracing my steps I went home.

Hubby had bought the leather gloves for me and they were identical to another pair. I looked in a drawer and found that I had one good glove and one which was falling apart. Fortunately the good glove was for the same hand as the lost glove.

I kept quiet about the lost glove until the next day.

When he asked, ‘Where are we going for our walk today?’ I replied, ‘The reverse of yesterday’s walk, because I lost a glove.’

I found my glove on top of a wall not far round the busy corner. We didn’t need to visit the church grounds.

Meanwhile I had realised that I could repair the glove, which was falling apart. I used some adhesive hemming tape as the leather had pulled away from the stitching and there was nothing left to sew. I also used a small piece of fabric on the inside of the double-sided tape. The fabric was some I had kept after I had shortened a skirt. It was a fiddly job. I took photos as I went along and discovered how difficult it is to take snaps of one’s own hand.

It is another example of ‘make do and mend’ rather than throw something out. I have sorted my gloves out into an everyday pair and a better pair.

Another hat pattern

A friend passed some yarn on to me for the purpose of knitting hats for Boxes of Hope. One ball was soft and fluffy. After two false starts (fortunately it was easy to unravel) I made a hat by a different method.

Hat before stitching seam

Hat before stitching seam

With 6.5mm needles cast on 12 sts. and knit until the yarn runs out. Pull back one row and cast off. (If there is plenty of yarn knit to the circumference of child’s head.)

With smooth yarn and 4mm needles pick up stitches along one side. I picked up 69sts.  K. 1 row. P. 1 row.

Next row (K. 21 K 2 tog.) 3 times. (66 sts.)

Finished hat

Finished hat

P.1 row.

Next row (K. 9 K. 2 tog.) 6 times. (60 sts.)

Next row (P. 2 tog. P. 8) 6 times. (54 sts.)

Next row (K. 7 K. 2 tog.) 6 times. (48 sts.)

Next row (P. 2 tog. P. 6) 6 times. (42 sts.)

Next row (K. 5. K. 2 tog.) 6 times. (36 sts.)

Next row (P. 2 tog. P. 4) 6 times. (30 sts.)

Next row (K. 3 K. 2 tog.) 6 times. (24 sts.)

Next row (P. 2 tog. P. 2) 6 times. (18 sts.)

Next row (K. 1 K. 2 tog.) 6 times. (12 sts.)

Next row P. 2 tog. 6 times. (6 sts.)

Fasten off. Join seam by over-sewing using the smooth yarn.