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Owls cardigan

Hello everyone and happy Saturday. It’s been a long and busy week and I am very glad that it’s the weekend. Today I can finally share with you my owls cardigan! Cast on here as part of the owls knitalong, I shamelessly missed my May deadline, although not by as long as it may appear as it also took a bit of time for it to be cool enough for me to be able to bear putting it on to photograph. It has been WARM in these parts! Even when it hasn’t been sunny, it has been muggy. But I now have pictures!

The pattern is a jumper, Owls by Kate Davies, but knowing that I wear cardigans a lot more than jumpers I have made it into a cardigan. This was really easy to do following the instructions on converting this pattern to a cardigan which I found on Ravelry. Jenny WIllknitt has kindly shared her guide to “cardiganising” the jumper and taken all the effort away from this adaption, with great results.

I love the colour of this yarn. It is Cascade Eco+ in Pumpkin Spice, purchased from The Knitting Shop.  It is also super soft and i know it will be super warm come the winter.

This jumper is meant to be knit with 2 inches of negative ease to make it quite snug, but I completely missed this and have made it according to my actual measurements. This is fine, as I like big and snuggly jumpers, but something to bear in mind if you prefer your jumpers more fitted. I also added a good bit to the length so that it just covers the top of my bum, which is my ideal cardigan length. This will be a great addition to my autumn wardrobe where it is not quite cool enough to wear a coat but a chunky cardigan thrown over a dress does nicely (the dress here is my Simplicity Amazing Fit 1652, in case you were wondering).

I don’t think you can see in the pictures, but each of the 20 owls have tiny buttons for eyes. I managed to find buttons which blend in nicely with the colour of the yarn, so from a distance you can’t see the individual eyes; I like this, it’s kind of a surprise when you view the owls close up and this subtlety makes the jumper more wearable. I also decided to only add three buttons to the front of the cardigan, and leave the rest open. I have another jumper in which the buttons are placed in this way, and I really like how it looks.

As I’m sure you can tell, I love this jumper! The only thing I would change if I could is that the buttons pull slightly which you can see in the photos. I have the same problem with my Corrine cardigan as well as some shop-bought cardigans.If anyone has any tips to fix this I would be most grateful.

I seem to be knitting up a storm this year, with three knitted garments under my belt already. And there is no time for a rest; I’ve already cast on the Miette cardigan after seeing so many lovely versions around the blogosphere. My autumn wardrobe is going to be bursting with homemade knits :)

What’s on your knitting needles or sewing table at the moment?

Kat xx

Letitia jumper

Well hello there strangers. How time flies! I can’t believe that it has been so long since I’ve been around these parts. Life happened, as it has a tendency to, in both good ways and bad. The last few months have been hectic and full of ups as well as downs, and sewing and blogging have unfortunately taken a bit of a back seat. To be honest with you, I haven’t really felt like it. But you know what – thats ok. I never want blogging or making things to become a chore, otherwise what’s the point? I knew that eventually my mojo would return, and I think its getting there.

Today I can finally share with you a jumper that has been a long time in the making. The pattern is the Letitia Jumper designed by Sarah Hatton from Issue 42 of The Knitter. The yarn I have used here is a 100% cotton dk yarn from Patons which is actually a beautiful deep red rather than the fluorescent pink it looks like in some of the photos; you’ll have to take my word for it.

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Letitia first popped up on the blog way back in July 2012 where, it must be said, she was looking in pretty reasonable shape. Despite the lace work, this is a reasonably straightforward knit, and the repeating eyelet pattern keeps you on your toes just the right amount. It’s simple enough to knit in front of your favourite TV programme, but with enough intrigue to keep things interesting. I soon finished knitting and sewed her up. I even wore her once. But – there was a problem (in all likelihood with my calculations!) and the jumper came up much too short. There are no pictures, for which I am very grateful as it was not a good look! Slightly despondent, I put this jumper to one side, where it languished for a good while.

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Eventually I decided I really needed to do something, and turned to Google for help, where I discovered this excellent video which shows you a handy method to lengthen a jumper knitted from the bottom up. So off I went, extending the jumper by a good few inches. I tried it on…and still wasn’t satisfied. Fussy me! This time I felt it was too long and didn’t sit quite right. This may have been overly picky, but I knew that if I wasn’t completely happy I wouldn’t wear it, which would have been a waste. So to one side the jumper went again, until I picked it up a few weeks ago. A few evenings of knitting later, and I have a finished jumper that I am happy with and know I will wear. Here I am wearing it over a blouse with a peter-pan collar, I did this almost by accident but I really love this look!

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So this jumper really has been a lesson in perseverance, but I am glad I didn’t give up. Sadly (well, not really!) it is far to warm to wear this jumper now, but never mind.

I’m going to leave you with a picture of another long-awaited knit, my owls cardigan, which has been waiting patiently to be blocked for a good month or two now, but look! Progress….

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Blog post coming soon. Yet another weather appropriate make…not!

Kat xx

To frog or not to frog? That is the question.

*Apologies to anyone who tried to comment on this blog post previously but were unable to, there was an issue with the comments box not showing up but everything is fixed now so you should be able to comment as normal. If not, please let me know!*

I have a dilemma and I need your help.

Some of you may remember my St James’ jumper, my biggest knitting project to date.

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I was so proud of this jumper, but I do have a little confession to make. I don’t love it. Since I finished it, almost two years ago now, I have worn it a total of once. And that was just after I finished it. It has not seen the light of day since.

So the question I have for you is: do I keep this jumper in my cupboard, knowing that it is unlikely to be worn, or do I frog the whole thing and use the yarn to make a jumper I know I will love so much more? You may ask how I know I will love my next make more. Wait to you see what it is going to be…..

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Yep, Owls by Kate Davies. Predictable? Moi? I don’t know what you mean.

I think in my heart I know what I should do, but I am loath to pull apart a jumper I spent so many hours on. Have you ever knitted or sewn something you didn’t love? What did you do? Have you ever repurposed another knitted make? Did you ever regret it? I would welcome your advice!

Kat xx