Hello again! It's good to be back. We had a lovely relaxing time in Yorkshire, walking, talking, playing, drinking and way too much eating. There was also just a little time for some knitting, you'll be pleased to hear. This gorgeous little sweater was started way back last December and desperately needed finishing before it was too small for Sophie to wear. It's from the Rowan book 'Designs for Kids' by Lucinda Guy. I am a big fan of her quirky designs for children.
It's a relaxing, easy knit, with the little cables being made by knitting the second stitch before knitting the first stitch. No need for a cable needle. I used Debbie Bliss Rialto 4 ply, which is a lovely soft merino.
The cute little Scottie dog pocket was just enough colourwork for me. I love the outcome, but am not keen on the organising and de-tangling of the various coloured yarns.
The finished garment is lovely and stretchy and will be a comfy wear hopefully. There is a super cute little Dougie Dog hat and scarf to go with it. Just look! Hmmm.............
Just before we went away, I found a new child's cardi pattern on Ravelry that took my fancy. I noticed the yarn was on half-price offer at Stash Yarns.
What more incentive could I need! I quickly stashed two skeins of the Noro Taio and cast on 'Patches Child' by Christianne Burkhard. After casting on and knitting the ruffle, the garment is constructed in strips, which are knit together as you work.
I have to say, I love the pattern but am not quite so enamoured with the yarn. It's a mix of 40% cotton, 30% silk, 15% wool and 15% nylon and is pretty expensive. It feels rather stiff and is pretty fragile, breaking with minimal pressure being put upon it. There are numerous unspun lengths that need even more careful handling and several knots. Very annoying! However, the colour changes are lovely and will make this a very jolly little jacket for Sophie. Here's progress so far....
...... the gap is the left armhole!
I cast on another rather lovely piece too, whilst we were away, but I think I'll save that for next time. We only arrived home on Friday and after loading up the washing machine several times on saturday, Sunday saw me driving my younger daughter to her new house in London. She has just begun her two-year training contract with an international Law firm in the City. I have to say, it was a very pleasant day out, driving past the Olympic stadium and velodrome, over Tower Bridge and through the lovely Clapham to her gorgeous new abode in Balham. Happy days my lovely!
So, I am in need of some recuperation time now ................. in other words, I NEED to KNIT!!!!!!!! I also HAVE to do some school preparation, as sadly the hols are drawing to a close much too speedily for my liking ;-).
I'll leave you with photos of Oscar, looking very sea-soaked and sand speckled, on his holidays. The lovely boy just adores the beach.