Well, I’m back in Manchester after having a lovely week in Ireland. I’m going back to Belfast in a week for two days (work though, not a holiday this time!) so any crochet pattern recommendations would be much appreciated! It’s lovely being back with my knitting, though! I’ve been slaving away at the Frilly Jumper since getting back, and am over halfway there. It’s not much to look at at the moment though, so I’m going to post a picture of my latest purchase instead:
The background is the Frilly Jumper. I got this brooch in St George’s Market in Belfast. It’s a bit chipped, but I think that adds to its charm, and it was only £3! However, I now really want another one, so I hope this doesn’t start to turn into some kind of collection! I think it will go with my jumper, though, when it’s eventually finished!
I also bought a book which I thought I’d tell you about. It’s The Knitting Answer Book by Margaret Radcliffe. It’s great! I’ve been flicking through it, and it has so many tips and tricks for beginning and more experienced knitters. I’ve even learnt a new casting-on technique (I never, somehow, learnt the loop cast-on), and I recommend it to every knitter and aspiring knitter! I’m certainly going to be referring to the Finishing section when I’m sewing up my jumper. The sections are: Casting On, The Basics, Binding Off, Tools, Yarn, Reading Patterns, Pattern Stitches, Circular Knitting, Colo(u)r, Shaping, Fitting, Finishing and Embellishments. So it really does seem to cover everything! I’ll be back later this week with some pics of the jumper, hopefully.