Knit one, Purl one..
Do you knit? Do you like cosy fires and winter days and knitting away the winter?
In theory so do I, but for some reason whenever I get bitten by the knitting bug its summer time.
You could argue the summer part, officially its Autumn, but the days are still fairly warm (20°C today).
Also, this knitting bug only bites once in a blue moon. To call myself a knitter is stretching the truth a little.
The last time it struck was four years ago, I was knitting a shawl in a beautiful Debbie Bliss wool. Cashmerino Aran in Blackberry to be exact.
Now, as you may or may not know, my knitting was seriously hampered by this. It has taken a while to get back to it, I did make a rabbit for a friend, but as it happens I had knitted all the pieces before T.F.D. (That fateful day) so all I had to do was stuff it and sew the legs on.
I was scrolling through Pinterest as I do (the most enjoyable time waster ever!) and came across this:
(You can get it here)
And then I remembered my promise. About nine years ago Tim asked me to knit him an Aran jumper. He rarely asks for anything, and so I said, “Of course, you can have it for Christmas”. I promptly got the most amazing pattern and spent about a week knitting, then unpicking the stitches. That very complicated pattern was made for a better knitter than I!
Eventually I gave up and told him, “Next Christmas for sure”, which turned into, “You’ll have it before you retire”.
Well, the fifth anniversary of his retirement has just passed. Yes, I am a terrible person.
I even contemplated buying a jumper and cutting out the labels but my conscience got the better of that plan.
Although this doesn’t have any cable stitches its fairly close to what he wants, so I bought it, got the wool and here it is!
You thought it was going to be finished didn’t you?
There are precisely five inches on the needles, but look at the pattern, isn’t it fab?! Because of the pattern changes it’s holding my interest, who knows, I might even finish it in time for Christmas!