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this old thing?

Today we’re experiencing chilly, wintry weather. It’s cold. It’s wet. It’s “sit in front of the fire with a hot chocolate and a good book” time. Oh, and, you know, bring out your warmest woollies. In my case that would be my very old, cabled, red jumper; the one I knitted in 1984 prior to departing for the northern hemisphere. There I wore it solidly from almost the day I arrived till the day I departed. It certainly features in many photos from those years, including this one among the ruins near Nonno’s village.

1984-11-25 Roviano Lazio Italy

YoungB looked at me wearing it today – yes, it’s somewhat tighter nowadays, in case you were wondering 😉 – commented on how warm I looked, and asked was I knitting anything for him! Uuh, yeah, about that. I reminded him that he’d changed his mind about the cabled jumper I’d planned to knit for him and then been unable to decide on anything else. Also, cables? In those days they weren’t his favourite adornment. He’s lived in a truly cold climate since then and has come to appreciate cables as providing visual interest as well as extra warmth.

Also, he reminded me, I’m mending his fingerless mitts. He loves them and has worn them so much that he’s gone through the palm of one. I often say he’s knitworthy  and worth the food. How could I resist making something for someone who’s so wholeheartedly appreciative?!

If you’re in a cool part of the world, I hope you’re managing to keep warm, whether by sitting in front of the fire or from wearing something lovingly handknitted.

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2018 in Knitting, Travel

 

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annual cycle of feast or famine

Still going, though perhaps not strong. I made it in 1988.

Dr B’s cabled jumper is still going, though perhaps not strong. I made it in 1988.

You know how it is. After the busy-ness dies down and life gets back to normal, you want to knit, but don’t have a project in mind. You can’t quite bring yourself to get back into the swing of tinking the existing projects (there are several, as I said last time). And then, into your email inbox – right on cue, just like last year – pops some irresistible temptation from Bendigo. Last year it was sock yarn that lured me. This year, it’s their latest, lovely, special yarn. The variegated colourways are attractive and there’s a black-grey mix. YoungB’s birthday jumper – in some pattern suited to the yarn, of course, not the original choice over which he dithered so much I gave up – looks like a winning option again. Quickly, before you change your mind, you dig out a fast, easy pattern and order the yarn. Well, that’s what I did, anyway.

Then Dr B and YoungB returned from visiting a friend, who continues to be remarkably impressed by the – now very old and falling to pieces, but too nice to throw out – jumper I made for Dr B during the first year we were married, and which he still wears because he loves it. As you can see, it’s riddled with cables, albeit at the lower end of complexity. Otherwise you die of boredom. Right? It is a nice jumper and I think it’s beginning to influence YoungB (who once refused to borrow it for a ski trip because of the cables; but who’s now experienced a truly chilly, Northern-hemisphere winter and has doubtless seen others wearing handmade jumpers of similar design).

YoungB then suggested that he’d quite like a beanie. With cables on it. I hauled out my trusty old Patons Book 483 Winter Warmers that I’ve been using for ever, and showed him a couple of patterns. He chose a Fair Isle one, pattern 17, as well as one with cables, pattern 18, after also considering pattern 22, which is the one I made for Dr C a couple of years ago. He and I shuffled off to our LYS to choose some yarn. I’ve been knitting for enough years to know that, as long as you buy reasonable quality yarn and ensure that it’s all from the same manufacturer – as well as the obvious colour and dye-lot matches, if it’s a single-colour buy – then you don’t have to buy the yarn specified. After looking at and comparing several different brands of pure-wool yarns, we picked out four different shades of blue for the Fair Isle beanie, and a grey wool and alpaca mix for the cabled number (I see it more as an obvious grey, he sees it as having a strong teal hue).

Now all I have to do is think of something quick and appropriate that I can make for a colleague’s birthday on Thursday, though I’ll start the knitting immediately and, fnigres corsesd, hope that I don’t get too many interruptions. Realistically, I’m likely to come to grief on the jumper but it IS a quick and easy pattern. The beanies will take time, but when you commute for the best part of three hours, five days a week, then time is not your main problem. It’s finding the dedication. Given that YoungB specifically asked for a beanie, and chose the pattern and yarn himself, then I dare say the dedication will be easier to find than it often is.

Have you reached the annual point where you simply have to have some knitting to keep you sane?

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2016 in Knitting

 

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reversal

Ah, warmth and clever knitting all at once

Today seems like a good day for true confessions, so here’s mine.

A long time ago I knitted myself a thick, red jumper with lots of cables on it (the above photo is far too pink but the colour is not the main concern I’m addressing here). It was the same back and front, with a boat neckline, allowing me to do all sorts of interesting things with layering. I wore it constantly during the years I lived in climes with very cold – meaning below zero – winters (Italy and England, then the New England area of New South Wales). It acquired an unsightly stain on it at some point (olive oil splash) and I put on far too much weight to wear it and still look respectable but it’s not like me to throw out a handmade jumper, especially such a thick, warm one, so I hung onto it and continued to wear it at home while limiting its public exposure.

You can probably imagine how distressed I was the last time I pulled it out of the cupboard to discover that it had acquired a hole! It looks as if I’ve somehow managed to get it caught up in something because it’s not the sort of hole that moths make. I had none of the yarn left so my holey jumper sat in the cupboard a bit longer waiting for me to come up with some brilliant plan/way of fixing it with a yarn of very similar colour. That never happened. Perhaps I wasn’t desperate enough!

Today we were going to visit friends in the Hills. On a sunny day it’s lovely there, sitting outside and fending off mozzies while the blokes battle with the barbie. But the second the sun vanishes, the chill grips your every exposed square centimetre. What could I wear that would be warm? I’m not telling how many layers I’d already donned when I was standing at the wardrobe door looking for inspiration. My old, red jumper seemed to fit the bill except for that jolly hole. I grabbed some polyester thread – I know, I know; hang me some other time – that was a good match for colour and did a botched sort of mend.

The hole was at a crossing point for one of the cables – of course it was, becuase that’s the most likely spot to snag on something else; also, there’s simply no likelihood that a mend would ever be required in a spot of plain stocking stitch fabric, is there, if there are acres of tricky bits to choose? – and I really did not have time to be clever about that, so I closed the hole as neatly as I could without recreating the cable. Then I popped the jumper on back-to-front, threw a light scarf over it and a jacket over that and, hey presto, good as new.

It meant I couldn’t take off my jacket but, as I’d had no intention of doing that in any case, the colour and warmth were just what the situation required. Dr B wondered how I could turn it round without frontal stretch giving the game away? As far as I can see, there’s not much frontal stretch. But even if there were, the whole idea of putting the jacket on was that it would hide everything, including the mend, the stain and the fact that I was wearing my jumper back-to-front. Dare you to tell the difference, anyway!

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2012 in Knitting

 

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