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Yarn Along: March

I have been reading Ginny’s blog Small Things for a while, but I have never joined into her wonderful monthly ‘yarn along‘ round up. But today I am finally changing that.

I am on the homestretch of the test knit I am doing for the wonderful Yvonne from Aida Sofie Knitting Design. This is the third time I am test knitting for Yvonne and I love taking part. Her designs involve a fair amount of colour work, which I really enjoy. Those that follow me on Instagram will know of my dilemma with this. I was actually almost finished with this knit last week, but I was very unhappy with my colour choice and I felt that my colour work was too tight and no amount of blocking would have been enough to stretch it out. So, I unravelled…and this was at the point where I only had the second sleeve to finish.

I am really excited about the colours and the eagle-eyed among you will see that I was able to include some glittery yarn within the unicorn pattern.

I am not doing a lot of reading, but when I do get a chance I am trying to finish ‘Dragonfly in Amber’ by Diana Gabaldon the second book in the Outlander series. I have watched all three series currently available and absolutely love the books and the show, but clearly not enough to finish reading the book…or it might be a lack of time!

I am also trying to decide on buttons for this cardigan I made for my youngest, because I am really not happy with the ones that I sewed on the other week, they just don’t fit right.

Linking with Ginny for Yarn Along.

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Winter is coming!

Before I moved to Australia I never thought big, thick, woolly jumpers would be needed. Oh how wrong I was! A good friend of mine also knows this (she is also originally German) and she asked me to knit her an Aran jumper. Oh what fun I had with this wonderful piece of knitting. I used the I Heart Aran pattern available on Ravelry from Tanis Lavallee, an absolutely stunning design. Everything about this jumper spoke to me and my friend, we only changed up the stockinette stitch with moss stitch.

Knitting this jumper didn’t go entirely smoothly, as the first time the entire jumper came out too big (even after comparing measurements) and the second time the sleeves were too long. I think it has something to do with my change from stockinette stitch to moss stitch. Or the use of DROPS Nepal instead of the Tanis Fiber yarn the pattern calls for.

Even with the hiccups in the process of this knitting project, I loved it. I loved the colour my friend picked, I loved knitting it and I loved the photos she sent me wearing it.

Aren’t they special? My friend, her jumper and the sea…just gorgeous!

STATS
Pattern:
 I Heart Aran by Tanis Lavellee.
Yarn: DROPS Nepal in light grey.
Needle size: 5mm
Knitting time: 12th – 28th July 2017.

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FO: Leonora Jumper

In 2012 my lovely husband gave me a subscription to The Knitter for my birthday. I loved it. But I soon realised that to be able to knit everything I wanted to knit out of the few issues I got I would have to knit every day and night, and only knit! So I stopped the subscription. And last year I finally knit one of the patterns, for my mum.

It’s the Leonora Jumper by Sarah Hatton, from The Knitter Issue 44, which was published in April 2012.

It’s a seamed jumper that’s knit from the bottom up, with the sleeves knitted separately and sewed in. In total there are four pieces.

It’s a great pattern, the only thing I don’t like about it are the bottoms of the sleeves. For the lace panel it calls for a few more stitches initially and then they are decreased in one row. It makes the sleeve bulge a little bit, and I don’t think it adds to the pattern.

I do like that the lace panel is repeated on the front and back pieces as well as the sleeves. I like a bit of continuity like that!

My mum loved the pattern and she wanted it in the exact yarn and the exact colour as it was photographed for The Knitter. And I am really pleased she did.

It calls for Rowan Purelife Revive, which is a recycled yarn from Rowan. It’s a combination of 36% recycled silk, 36% recycled cotton and 28% recycled viscose (rayon). And it’s a beautiful yarn!

At first I wasn’t sure about it, as it felt a little rough while knitting it. But once I got used to the feel of it I loved it more and more. It’s amazing that it’s all recycled, makes me feel good about this project.

My mum loves it too, she loves the colour and she loves the feel of it when she wears it.

STATS
Pattern: Leonora Jumper by Sarah Hatton, published in The Knitter, April 2012
Yarn: Rowan Purelife Revive in loam.
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 27th March – 6th April 2016.