I sat up to see in the New Year with Jools Holland’s Hootenanny [singing along with The Proclaimers ‘500 miles’] knitting away furiously. “I am NOT going to bed till this is all knitted!” I said. ‘This’ being my Christmas holiday project. I have relaxed a lot in front of the TV during our week at Cornerstones, making myself a tunic, and was determined to finish it before I came home. Well, I did – although I admit that I did the final sewing up in the car on the A47 yesterday morning! My friend Janice lent me the pattern [thanks J] so I won’t be able to wear this one if I do more supply at her school – but I did enjoy making it. It is the first time in ages that I have wrestled with a cable needle. Bob says I mutter a lot whilst manipulating the wool and needles, and he hesitates to start a conversation. Anyway – all done now and ready to wear…
Photo taken at wrong angle, making it look awfully ‘hippy’-it’s not!
Technical details – the pattern is James C Brett # JB128, and the wool is the recommended ‘Marble Chunky’MC28 [the pattern shows MC31] – it took me two balls** to do the 36/38” size and cost around £5 a ball from Twinkles in Leicester Forest East.
**Janice made hers without pockets as she ran out of yarn – I made mine slightly shorter than the pattern suggests [cos I am little!] and I ran out whilst knitting the pocket tops. I did them with one row less than recommended, and had to sew up with an alternative yarn. The pattern says you need 2 balls for 32/34, and 3 for 36/38 so I am not surprised I only just managed it. I’ve also tacked the pockets closed, as Bob thinks they will gape [he is right] but I’ve left a gap, to slide in an ‘emergency hankie’.
Trying to cable knit and watch TV at the same time is far too complicated. My next project is going to have to be simpler, I think.