Well, today is turning out to be a good day! For a start, look what we have growing!
Aren’t they just stunning? I turned up a bit early for my teaching this morning so went for a walk in the Marie Louise Gardens. Everything is really beautiful there at the moment, but the spring flowers there are mainly over, so it’s lovely to have some of these growing just outside my living-room window. Also, somebody seems to have stolen a sundial from the Marie Louise Gardens. I’m assuming it’s just for scrap metal, but what a real shame.
So, on my way back from teaching, I just *happened* to go into a few charity shops, and may have *accidently* bought another jumper for yarn… ahem. Well, it was only £4!
It’s an acrylic, wool and angora blend and is really soft, so was definitely a bargain! And because of that big turtle-neck and long sleeves I can definitely get another jumper out of it.
It’s a bit pinker than you can see in these photos, I really like it. I think it’s a DK, I’ll let you know when I have unravelled it. I have to go into town now to get some supplies for the workshop on Sunday, so I’ll deal with this jumper next week, I think.
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.
Hmm, maybe I should rename this blog the sock blog. Just thought I’d post a little pic of another ‘sock rescue’ I did for Christmas.
The centre flower was a purple sock made into a fabric yo-yo. And then there is a layer of scrap lace, a layer of fabric I had left over from a ‘trouser rescue’, then scrap felt and finally more lace. This one is a brooch I made for my housemate. but I liked it so much I think I might have to make myself one!
Frilly jumper update: I have started the sleeve shaping! It’s a jumper that is knit in one piece, from the back up to the sleeves and then back down to the bottom of the front. More pics in the next few days!
I’m in the process of making the Frilly Jumper from Jane Waller and Susam Crawford’s A Stitch in Time and I love how it’s coming out. It’s a simple knit, and I think the effect is very pretty. Here it is reclining on the sofa:
And here is a close-up of some of the stitch-work. It’s from recycled yarn so I’m glad it’s turning out so well.