I’m not keen on New Year’s Resolutions generally but this year I have decided to make a few sewing/knitted related ones:
- Only make things I am going to wear.
- Use up fabric and yarn from the stash.
- Try to blog regularly (technology permitting!)
With this in mind – last night I unraveled a sweater I made. This is the pattern, which is lovely
The trouble is I am not a willowy, waif-like woman and it made me look like a house end! Nothing to do with the pattern, just the wrong style for me. I had actually knitted the whole sweater and sewn it up!
I did enjoy the process as I quite like knitting lace patterns but the sleeve increases, whilst keeping the pattern correct, were a bit of a nightmare!
My youngest enjoyed helping me unravel …
The wool is Debbie Bliss Paloma yarn which is a chainette chunky weight, knitted on 10mm needles, but its very light to wear, it’s also quite expensive so I didn’t want to just let it sit in the drawer as an unworn garment.
This is what I have cast on. It is a Debbie Bliss pattern that uses Como yarn, now discontinued, but the Paloma seems to be a good substitute. I have actually made this pattern before, but knitted a size too big, then felted it to make it smaller but it came out child size! So .. I put a zip in the front and my son used it as a winter jacket (he was 5 at the time!)
All in all, this is why I prefer sewing to knitting! However, I think it is just a case of getting the size, choice of yarn and pattern style right and disciplining myself to knit a bit each evening when I’m at home so it doesn’t take a year to finish! Hopefully this time around will be a success story! We shall wait and see …