Yes, my book did come but the fibre that I ordered to spin the yarn to knit the patterns in the book (in the house that Jack built) didn’t. I’m currently filling my time by attempting to see the difference between five near-identical colours on a chart and muttering about how long things take to ship. Moving swiftly along…
I was asked to knit something short sleeved and lacy with a scoop neck that was close fitting and had a zip. I didn’t think zips and lace would look good together because I couldn’t see how the hard line of the zip would work with the openness of the fabric so I was planning on using buttons. The yarn came out of the cupboard, I bought it for for weaving and I’ve used a surprising amount of it already. I made three bags using it as weft, the leftover piece made a phone slip cover which apparently the blog has never seen and there’s a length of doubleweave fabric upstairs in a bag somewhere. It’s JC Rennie 2/11nm supersoft lambswool and although you can buy it in balls for handknitting I’ve been buying it oiled on cones. I think it’s intended use is for machine knitters, that’s certainly the section I buy it from when I have a periodic falling down on Ebay. This one is “Fauna” which is still in their colour range. What’s left on the cone is now officially a leftover, there’s less than 200g left now and that is just not quite enough to knit another of these.
The pattern is a free one, the Horseshoes Cardigan that was originally published in Magknits. It ended up being slightly too close fitting because I made a cardinal error with the swatch in that I measured it after washing and blocking but without then leaving it overnight for it to relax to its final size. It’s the usual story, I was in a hurry to cast on and get to the knitting and you would think I would have learned by now to take the time to get gauge right. It worked out well in the end because it meant that I had a good excuse for adding a wide seed stitch border and that stopped the zip from running alongside the lace. I’m having to imagine the zip at the moment because the local shop that sells buttons, ribbons and zips only sells dress zips. I never thought that open ended zips were any more specialised than their closed bottomed cousins but it appears that I’m wrong.
If I were knitting it again I’d change the neckline and make it less scoopy. I’d convert the short row shaping back to cast offs (because I’d rather have a step than short rows in lace) and I’d plan on adding an edging to stabilise that long neck edge. I’d already added icord to the edge of the fronts to make a dip where I could hide the stitches for the zip, I continued it all the way around the neck once I’d seen how much it was wanting to roll. The previous scoop neck tops I’ve made had a crab stitch crochet edging and now I know why.
I have been tidying up this week although very slowly. On the left is the result of me starting to tidy the freezer. I found a bag with three teacakes in it that had been lingering long enough to be stale on thawing. I could have thrown them away but it was more entertaining to play with them a bit and turn them into a bread and butter pudding. I haven’t made one in decades, it was delicious and I suspect that there are more leftover teacakes in the freezer that will be meeting the same fate. On the right is the result of me finding a bag with the remains of the Blueberry Fool yarn that I made in April 2011. I could have just taken the bag upstairs and put it in a box but it was so tempting that I had to play with it first. There were several small balls left over from making a run of shadow weave scarves last summer, not enough on their own to make a single colour scarf so they had to be helped along with something else. I don’t usually make the pattern blocks this big, these have eighteen ends to a repeat and I generally go with ten or twelve. I prefer the larger ones which is something worth remembering for the future. There are now only two small balls of the handspun left and they can join the Fauna in the leftovers pile.