If you are a serious knitter you will probably know immediately what I am talking about and for the non-knitters I am not talking about an unexpected pregnancy!
Elizabeth Zimmermann is the guru of knitting. The first article I knitted using her instructions was a Baby Surprise Jacket. If you link to this Pinterest page you will see various versions of this jacket which is knitted in one piece and joined with a woven seam across the shoulders. The next image is from Pinterest.
The Adult Baby Surprise Jacket I have just completed was knitted as a request from my elder daughter. She knew I had loads of scrap wool in my stash and she selected a few colours she wanted to include in her jacket and I set about my next project. I bought the pattern from Schoolhouse press.
The two markers show where the decreases have taken place up to the point of the underarms then the increases happen. Unfortunately I didn’t start the increases correctly and ended up with a bit of a hole.
To join the sleeves I used two stitch bind off for the first sleeve but was not happy with the result as the colours showed through in the middle so I tried three stitch bind off for the second sleeve and it was much better. You can see the difference in the next picture.
This was an absolute joy to work as I was getting rid of some of my stash and it was all garter stitch, the easiest of all. I sewed in the many ends and searched for some suitable buttons. No luck with the buttons so I have sent it off to my daughter so she can choose buttons to finish it off.
A thoroughly enjoyable project.
I have since found the post of the original jacket I made.
The reverse shows you how untidy the back of the item is but fortunately the front looks much better.
The pattern was from this publication.
I don’t think I will be doing another Intarsia project soon.
I have embarked on what I think will turn out to be a real challenge for me. Intarsia knitting. I have knitted a fair bit of fair isle in my time but have never before tried intarsia. For those of you who are not acquainted with intarsia this link will give you an idea of what it involves. Intarsia for dummies I used this site to get a general idea of what to expect.
The project I am working on is this. The character is Animal from the Muppets.
My daughter asked me if I would like another project and I am always happy to be knitting something that someone would like.
An update since I last drafted this post.
I finally got around to finishing the second shirt for my granddaughter. I do tend to get waylaid by things so it has taken a while to get this finished. I quickly parceled it up and posted it without delay. I parceled it up so quickly that I neglected to put the card inside. Hopefully my granddaughter will get the shirts before it is too warm to wear them when she helps her dad working in the shed and on “Bluebell”.
I have been to Melbourne for two days as I had a voucher that needed to be redeemed.
My children gave me a voucher for my 70th birthday in December to get custom made shoes at Habbot in the Royal Arcade Melbourne. It has taken me this long to get myself organised to make the trip to Melbourne to do this.
I rang before going to Melbourne and discovered that they no longer offer custom made shoes and my voucher could now only be used to buy off-the-shelf shoes. I was a little disappointed but was still happy that I was going to be able to get shoes that I normally wouldn’t spend that much money on.
When I arrived at the shop I saw there was a sign on the door and I thought it would be just my luck that the shop was closed for renovation or some such. Luckily the sign was just to say that it was closed for ten minutes so I went for a coffee.
I suffer from the problem of having generously proportioned feet so the styles that were available to me were limited. I did find some that I loved so I was very happy. I do have wonderful children who know me well.