Hello Everyone and happy Sunday. Phew it’s been a while! I’ve been a busy bee behind the scenes and have a number of odds and sods to share with you, starting with my finished Corrine cardigan.
This project has been on the go for quite some time. It is a simple loose-fit cardigan and the pattern is freely available on Knitty. This is a great beginners pattern as it is very straightforward – if you can do a knit stitch you can knit this cardigan. There is no complicated stitches involved, and not even any purl rows to worry about. Instead the shaping is achieved using the “short row” technique. Basically, you place markers at defined intervals and knit to the first marker, turn and knit back to the start, then knit to the to the second marker and back to the start, and so on. This is a clever way of creating shaping that I hadn’t come across before, and creates a pattern in the finished garment which you can just about see in the back view below.
I used yarn from the Sidar Click range in a lovely variegated shade. This yarn is beautifully soft and I love the colour. The buttons I used were picked up at the Birmingham Rag Market last month. They are quite large, and I think that if I were to knit this again I would widen the button band, as there is some pull here which you can see in the pictures.
All in all this is a simple knit, although I must admit that I did get a tiny bit bored towards the end because it is literally just knitting up and down! Another great thing about this pattern is that the sleeves are knit by putting stitches on hold, knitting the sleeves and then picking up the body stitches later, so the only seams to knit are at the bottom of the sleeves. If you’ve been dabbling in knitting for a bit and want to branch out to your first garment, I would definitely recommend this pattern. I am pleased I stuck it out as this is a great cardigan and perfect for the spring weather we are currently experiencing.
I do have a bit of news to share with you and well; the boy and I went away for a lovely weekend in the Lake District at the end of March, and while we were there we got engaged! It was all a bit spontaneous, were were walking around one of the many lakes in the vicinity and he asked me if I wanted to get married. Of course I did (and do!). I wanted to wait until I had a ring to share the good news, and while I don’t quite have it yet, I did pick one yesterday when we went shopping in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham.
Obviously I’m biased, but I think this is quite possibly the most beautiful ring I have ever seen. I was debating whether or not to get a coloured stone and when I saw this ring I knew it was the one. Sadly I couldn’t take it home with me as I have to wait two weeks for mine to be made – I’m so impatient but I suppose two weeks is not too long to wait for something that I plan to wear for the rest of my life.
Wedding plans are still in the early stages, we are thinking April next year, probably somewhere in Derbyshire. We want something quite informal, laid back and very us. I’m not so keen on the term “DIY wedding” but we do plan to do a lot of it ourselves – for me this is one of the most exciting parts! I can’t wait to put my own (our own!) stamp on things. So exciting! Any hints, tips and wedding blog links would be greatly appreciated!!