Knitting is by far my most prominent hobby. It’s something I’ve done for as long as I can remember, but this past year has really seen my knitting develop. Lately I’ve been focused on a few key projects, and I’d like to share them with you today.
My current WIP (work in progress) is an interesting one for me. It’s a pattern I’ve never knit, but one that I know well. My late Nannie knitted this jumper for me when I was in my mid-teens. I clearly remember wearing it to school on own-clothes day with a vintage pleated midi skirt and strands of beads. I cherished that jumper for a long time, and would love to still wear it day, if it weren’t for the fact that it’s beige.
On a recent clear-out of my knitting stash, I came upon that very same pattern and an idea fell into place. I’d make one for myself, retracing the stitches knit by my Nannie, but this time using a mystery yarn, found in a charity shop with no label, and kindly gifted to me by my lovely Mum. It feels like my way of bringing our three generations together, through something that we’ve all shared – knitting.
The pattern itself is really interesting, knit with two different sized needles, sideways from cuff to cuff. It’s coming along really well, and I love the texture that’s being created. Sadly, I have no idea what the yarn is, what fibre or brand, but I guess that just adds to the magic of it all!
I really can’t wait to finish this project, and add it to my Autumn staples, so I can carry a little bit of Nannie with me wherever I go.
I’ve also recently finished a couple of projects, the first of which was my third-time-lucky cropped vest in a gorgeous yarn from Debbie Bliss.
This Cotton Denim DK yarn in charcoal spoke to me as soon as I saw it, and I couldn’t bear to leave without it. It was my first cotton acquisition, and I wanted to knit something that I could wear in the Summer. As it goes, I was a little late finishing this, so it only got a couple of outings before being sidelined until the warmer weather returns next year, but I’m certain that I’ll get a lot of wear out of it then.
This was an improvised pattern, knit in the round and then split to work the front and back. I wanted to create something with a casual, loose fit, that would look great just thrown on with a skirt or jeans, and I definitely think I achieved that. I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t write down the pattern, as I really love the shaping, but I’m trying to move away from knitting repeats, so I keep my wardrobe growth to a minimum and really cherish each item for what it brings.
My final FO (finished object), and by far my favourite, is my dream blanket.
The idea for this blanket has burned for around a year, but I designed and knit it all over the Summer. My goal was to create a cosy, warm blanket that both Sam and I could snuggle under throughout the long Winter evenings, and the result could not be more perfect!
This blanket is absolutely huge! We can both fit under it comfortably with lots of room to spare, and the texture is just so gorgeous and squishy I never want to leave.
As it happens, I’ve actually released the knitting pattern for this blanket this evening, over on my website. It’s an incredible feeling to know that people want something that I have designed, and I’m so excited to see how other people interpret the pattern.
I’m content with just one WIP right now, so I’ll be giving a lot of love to my mystery jumper, but once I’m done with that I’ve got a few projects in the queue. There’s a cardigan that I’ve had my eye on for a while, which should fill a big gap in my wardrobe, and I bought the yarn for it this week. Whether that will be next, I’m not sure, as I’m desperate to get something on my needles for Socktober, and I’d love to make a San Agústin Facecloth, too!