Sunday, 30 September 2007

What I've learnt - the hard way

I have learnt a very important lesson. When I select the next pattern for a men's jumper one of the first things I will check will be the needle size. Anything under 4 mm is totally out. And anything under 5 mm will require serious consideration.

The epic demonstration of love for my husband is finished. Otherwise known as 'Leo' an on-an-off affair of 18 months is over.

I wanted to knit Mr W a jumper, so he could feel part of the whole knitting experience. He's not a scarf kind of guy, so a jumper it was. Choosing a jumper to knit for a guy is difficult. Not too colourful means black, grey or, at a pinch, dark blue. Not too fancy means rib at a stretch, but a cable panel up the front would be pushing it. Then there's the potential for itchiness, and the cost of the yarn - a cardigan for me would cost a lot less than a jumper for him in the same yarn.

So in April 2006 I trawled the net, searching for a suitable pattern. Then came the search for the yarn. I ended up knitting Leo in Patons Zhivago, on 3.5 mm needles. The pattern is a 5 by 3 rib. The knitted fabric has a pretty good drape, but a lot of weight. You don't want to fall in the deep end wearing this jumper!

Now Mr W just has to hit the gym, and bulk up a bit ... to grow into his new jumper. There was no way I was going to reknit that jumper. So I've opened up my pattern books, started up the search engines, and I'm going to find (or design) a jumper on nice thick needles that he'll wear, and will fit him until he grows into the jumper he already has.
The faces in these photos have been blocked out to protect the innocent.

Saturday, 29 September 2007

Kicking off

To be blunt - I want to talk about my knitting.

There just aren't enough people around in my day-to-day routine that are willing to discuss knitting with me. Joe can cope with a bit (provided he's not in danger of losing an eye), and the guys at work can cope with a bit less. My mother and mother-in-law, grandmother-in-law, aunts and cousins hear all about my latest projects too.

But it's just not enough!

So, the obvious solution .... of course, start a blog. Mostly about knitting, but other bonus stuff as well.

This is it - one post so far, but more on the way.