This was started on 24th February 2020

I know the start date because I now keep a knitting journal, rather than having scraps of paper scattered in pattern books and on the studio shelves.

The pattern motifs used in the jumper are taken from this book.

I have used the book many times and this time I wanted to use motifs that were meaningful to my daughter.  The motifs are all based on jumpers from Fife and Musselburgh. The cables are Aran cables.  The jumper was a request she had made a few years ago to make a jumper to replace the one she had that used to belong to her dad. (he no longer wore it)  That jumper had since been frogged and with the addition of yellow wool had been made into a chevron rug.

You can read about the old jumper here. 

The rug you can read about here.

The jumper was made for her 40th birthday. The motifs include:

The tree of life from Musselburgh and the moss stitch from Anstruther.

Marriage lines or the ups and downs of life.

You can click on the pages to make them easier to read.

The heart motif is self explanatory.

A birthday jumper made with love.

My first attempt at making dishcloths

I have been trying to eliminate my stash of wool and part of that stash is cotton, not wool.  The cotton is left over from garments I have made for grandchildren and my daughters.

I did a quick search on the internet and found a couple of free patterns for cotton dishcloths.  Two of the patterns are knitted and the third is crocheted.

I have made the two knitted dishcloths but have yet to make the crocheted one.

I like this one the best.  Very easy to do as it is knitted on the diagonal.

I made a third dishcloth but unfortunately didn’t have enought of the one colour so there is a different coloured corner to this one.

I had a project in mind.

I bought two pieces of fabric two week ago as it is a while since I last did any sewing.  I had a project in mind but it needed to wait until I got back from my bike ride in Melbourne.

I bought flannel to make a couple of work shirts for our granddaughter.  The pattern can be made with a hood but I decided just to keep it as a shirt.

I also decided to go with the pocket and front band cut on the bias just to change things up a bit.

I have the second shirt cut out so it should get done on the weekend.  I hope they fit.

 

 

More left-over wool items

My brother-in-law asked me to knit some covers for his golf clubs as he knew I was trying to use up small amounts of wool.  I had no idea that you could find patterns for golf club covers but a search on Ravelry came up with many different patterns.

I decided to make the pattern that was available on Purl So Ho.

I have completed two of the covers and am now on the third.

I am enjoying making these as the pattern is very easy.

 

A bit of frogging took place.

I knitted this jumper many, many years ago and the time has come for it to be recycled.

The pattern was knitted at a time when things were loose and bulky and that look is definitely not in anymore.

The jumper looks dirty in the photo but it was just shadows. The colour is also not true as it is a denim blue colour.

I have now frogged the jumper and just need to wash it in skeins and then start another project.

I am not sure what I will knit.  Perhaps I will use the wool as the border for the crocheted hexagon rug I plan to make with all my left over bits of wool.

Strips of colour or chevrons

A while ago I crocheted a chevron rug for my daughter.  I used wool that I had frogged from a jumper and then bought the contrasting wool.

I was delighted when my son said he would be happy if I made him a lap rug using up scraps of wool.  He normally doesn’t ask for me to knit anything for him so I jumped at this idea.  I decided I would crochet a chevron rug as it is easy to do, no thinking required while I watch the cricket.

As soon as I arrived home I checked out the pile of left-over wool and pulled out a few colours that I thought would go together ok.

I was sorting through my 8ply box but when I finished the rug I found that I had inadvertently put in some wool that was not 8ply.  I don’t think it makes too much of a difference and the finished rug looks ok.

The pale grey is the non 8ply. You can see that the chevron is narrower.

I am happy with the result.