Thursday, 10 March 2016

Currently knitting - Sirdar Lady's Jumper

I have decided to try and do some regular posts which will look at what is currently on my knitting needles. At the moment I can not knit as much as I normally do and I need a way of seeing that some knitting is still happening and that progress is indeed being made. Otherwise, I focus on how much I haven't knitted, that I could have knitted by now if only my neck and shoulder were up to it. Obviously, that is not a very positive way of looking at things so I need to fix that!

 I am seeing a brilliant and understanding Physio who is getting my neck and shoulder working again, there are great improvements already and I will spare you the details of the excruciating armpit massages that have helped to make that happen!


I started this pretty 1950's feather and fan pattern jumper on the first of January. I keep a little notebook in my knitting bag to keep track of these things, including row counts, changes or clarifications, number of balls of yarn used, sizing etc. When I finish a project I transfer that info plus a picture of the pattern into my knitting journal/scrapbook which I really should do a post on at some point.


I very much liked the original colour scheme but knew that it wasn't really me and that I wanted something with more of an autumnal palette. The original pattern was knitted in 3-ply but I figured a thin 4-ply should do just as well. This is where I admit that whilst I do tension squares and check sizing if I am knitting for others I don't do it as much if I am knitting for myself as I just want to get started. So if this turns out massive or too small I have only myself to blame!

I am in the unfortunate position of being a knitter who loves using real wool but who can not tolerate it against my skin. I go like a crazed itchy thing and need to rip off whatever I am wearing. I have found that a wool/silk blend can be ok as long as I wear long sleeves and a scarf round my neck (handily looking like I have styled in an accessory but actually just anti itch protection)!

When I went to Yarndale last September I was looking specifically for yarn to knit this jumper and another as yet unstarted jacket. I fell for the beautiful colours of this lovely yarn from Eden Cottage Yarns. It is Askham 4-ply in Walnut, Crocosmia, Air and Yarrow. It is a blend of baby alpaca (70%) and silk (30%) and it feels very soft indeed.


This is how it looked when I had got all the colours knitted in so it was the first chance to check that I did like them all knitted up together. Which I do. Phew!


This is less of a close up and I've spread the stitches out a bit so that it is possible to see the pattern a little better.


Here you can see that I have done the armhole shaping and the back of the jumper is on it's way to being complete. I tend to share my knitting progress, amongst other things, on Instagram so do come along and say hello on there.

18 comments:

  1. Really lovely jumper and knitting. I also like the model's hair :)

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    1. Thanks Fliss. I like her hair too!

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  2. I hope you feel better very soon, It must be hard not being able to knit, I am glad to here the therapy is working for you! I love the pretty colours you have chosen, its going to look stunning! x

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    1. Thank you Wendy. I have to say the colours just called out to me at Yarndale and make me very happy!

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  3. It's lookinf gorgeous so far, those colors are really beautiful! That acidic yellow/green especially :)

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    1. Yes, that is my favourite colour of the 4 so I used it as the main colour so that there will be lots of it in the jumper.

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  4. ohhh so pretty! The colours are wonderful together. Looking good! and take care of those hurting body parts.

    Liz :)

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    1. Thanks Liz. I am behaving like my Physio has told me to!!

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  5. Lovely! I love feather and fan :)

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    1. I haven't knitted feather and fan before but I am really enjoying it.

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  6. That's fantastic news about the physio helping. I'm really happy for you, sweet Kate, and hope dearly that it will continue to.

    Many hugs & happy weekend wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thank you very much Jessica. I have my next physio session tomorrow so I will find out how I am getting on!

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  7. Oh, that is nice, the colours look great together. (I'm glad I'm not the only person who doesn't always do tension squares for themself, either... though I have learned the hard way that I should!)

    I hope your neck and shoulder continue to get better, it must be so frustrating when they aren't working properly.

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    1. Mim, literally two days after posting this I ran into a problem and realised I has cursed myself by mentioning tension square!! Think it is all fixable but had to take a small, unplanned break!

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  8. This looks so promising! Can't wait to see the results!

    I'm sorry to hear you're having problems with your neck and shoulder. I do have some issues with my neck and shoulder as well but luckily I'm still able to knit a hour or 2 every day. But that is the maximum at this moment.

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    1. Take care of your hurting bits too Anthea!

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