Did I sew in the ends and finish the striped green jumper? Nope, I added a collar, sewed in the ends on the body, looked at the ends on the sleeves and then put it aside to start something new. This is the “Hoodie Bear” pattern and I’m knitting it to use up some of the double knitting yarn that I was given recently. The reason that I chose this pattern rather than any of the others that I found is that this starts at the front of the hood and works down. I thought that had the potential to be interesting and might make a more rounded hood than the usual seamed at the top varieties. I’m starting to think about knitting a zip up hoodie this winter so hood construction is of more interest than usual. It has the advantage of being seamless so I know that I’m not going to be faced with a mass of ends at the end. I’ve split the sleeves off and it’s now mindless knitting with the occasional buttonhole all the way to the hem.
There’s been a lot of weaving this week and there’s a good reason for this. I’ve stripped the threads on one of the screws that holds the loom folded up and until I can get a replacement then the loom has to be open all of the time. Rather than thinking “I have a free hour, I’ll open the loom up” I can sit down while I’m waiting for the oven to warm up. It’s surprising just how much weaving you can do in odd ten minutes here and there. On and off throughout the week I wove five yards of green and white stripes and replaced it with a blue and white striped length.
I was originally going to make this with a navy weft and a white weft so it would make solid navy and white squares alternating with a patterned navy/white block. Thanks to the invention of weaving software I can see the result before I start and it looked lovely on the screen. Fortunately there was just long enough between me winding the warp and picking up the shuttles for me to have a reality check. I’m intending this for bags and because I’m me I’ll want to perfectly match the blocks at the seam as well as having them be spaced nicely at both hems. This means that all of my squares have to be the same size and I can do it but I’d rather not. It’s easier to avoid the whole matching thing by using a single weft and making stripes. I thought I was going to use the mid blue as weft right up to the moment when I tried it, now I think I’m going with my second choice.
Any guesses as to whether I’ll finish the pink hoodie before the green striped jumper?