Slow progress

It is a while now since I started this jumper for myself.  The pattern requires the use of a cable needle every second row so you really can’t get any speed up.  I also have been doing more reading than knitting lately so that is why this has been so slow.  Hopefully this week I will get started on the sleeves.  It will certainly be ready for next winter as we are heading into summer here.

The back is completed and the front is almost done. Because it is a drop shoulder pattern the sleeves shouldn’t take too long to knit.

It has been a while

Finally getting down to posting on my blog.  You would think that with the COVID shutdown I would have all the time in the world to write blog posts but I just haven’t felt like it.

I have found some sense of normality this week as the Tour de France is on the television, albeit a month later than usual.  I have enjoyed staying up to watch it at night and getting to bed at about 1.30 – 2.00 in the morning.  Those of you who have followed the blog for a few years would know that when I watch the Tour it is also the time for me to get quite a bit of knitting done.  This year I have chosen to knit something for myself.  I chose a fairly complex pattern as I wanted to give myself a bit of a challenge.

The wool for this jumper is Bellissimo.  I bought the pattern and the wool from the local wool shop, Stitches ‘n Things in Lakes Entrance.  So good to be able to support local small business during this difficult time.

The jumper is fairly slow to knit as you are required to constantly be using a cable needle and that slows progress down a bit.

This is what I have managed to complete after the first week of the Tour.

The Tour has been really enjoyable to watch and I am happy that the Australian based team, Mitchelton Scott, has been able to wear the leader of the general classification yellow jersey for four days on the back of Adam Yates.  It was unexpected as they had gone into the tour hoping for stage wins and have ended up with having had the yellow jersey.  They no longer have the yellow jersey so perhaps they will get a stage win in the remaining two weeks.

The Australian Caleb Ewan was successful in winning a stage so that was another good aspect of the Tour.

Tonight is a rest night so I will be able to get to bed early.

Are you someone who watches the Tour?  I love watching the scenery as well as the bike riders.

A great blog to follow for an entertaining summary of each stage of the Tour is this one.

Finally a Fair Isle Fisherman’s Kep on the go.

I am part of the closed group on Facebook for The Fair Isle Fishermen’s Kep Page and if you are a member of the group you can purchase a pattern for the kep.  The pattern is provided by Anne Sinclair and it is very easy to follow.

This is a kep that we saw at the Shetland Museum.

The colours I am using are not the same but hopefully the result will look good.

I am enjoying knitting in 4 ply as it gives such a neat finish. This is just the turn over border, there is a long way to go.

Some sewing for a change

One of my bike riding friends has discovered the joy of knitting and has embraced the craft wholeheartedly.  She has been completing items so quickly she has become an expert in a short time.  She is quickly accumulating a collection of knitting needles so I thought it would be a good idea to make her a needle roll. It is a great way to store your knitting equipment.

I made one for myself many years ago, in fact I replaced the first one I made with a new one in nice fabric. I also made one for my elder daughter many years ago.  It is a while since I last made one so I checked out the internet for a pattern and chose one. Erica’s Roll up needle case.

This is the pattern I followed but unfortunately the fabric caused issues with my sewing machine once I tried to sew through several thicknesses as the machine kept skipping stitches.  I changed the needle and gave the machine a thorough clean but all to no avail.  I decided that I should just give up on this one and start again with different fabric.  Fortunately I have plenty of fabric in my stash.

The pattern I had followed from the internet actually was not long enough for the knitting needles we use and so It turned out that the dodgy fabric was a blessing as I was able to make the new needlecase following the dimensions of my previous needlecase.

I was happy with the finished result and my friend was delighted with the gift.

Once a few more needles are added the roll indeed becomes a roll.

 

A finished fluffy

I am not sure if this is a successful knit.  I feel sure that it will stretch with use but as the only real cost was the buttons the actual cardigan is a bonus.  I hope my granddaughter gets some use out of it.

The pattern I used was Patons Classic Knits, high buttoning cardigan.  I wrote about it in a previous post here.