Still knitting…

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Just a quick post to prove I am still alive. I’ve had a busy summer (mainly not knitting!) but now the weathers turned I have had lots of inspiration for new projects, designs and blog posts so expect more from me very soon. Currently lusting over this Rowan design “wilderness” from Pioneer, which I intend to cast on very soon if I can decide which shade of Creative Focus Worsted (if any) to use!

Swallows and Amazons For Ever

A friend of mine who is a DJ / record collector once told me that he had a dream about finding a rare and very expensive record, in his dream the record was €5 and he found it at a foreign fleamarket, anyway to cut a long story short – he then found said record whilst on tour in Europe, at a fleamarket for five euros. I wasn’t sure if I believed him until today…

Recently I had a very frustrating dream where I had stumbled across a stash of old rowan books in a charity shop (sad I know) and I had to keep going back to buy them – in that stash was Book Number Ten: Swallows and Amazons For Ever – the one everyone wants cos it’s got Kate Moss in it and loads of Kaffe designs. Ever since I heard about this book I sort of secretly desired it even though I’m not a massive Kate Moss or Kaffe Fassett fan, it always intrigued me… well enough that I’d actually dream about owning it.

So today after a morning of bad luck (came off my bike on the way to a hospital appointment!) I decided to cheer myself up with a visit to my favourite East Dulwich charity shop. I headed straight over to the shelves where they keep the knitting patterns and what should I see looking up at me? Yeah you guessed it. Rowan Knitting Book Number 10 for 75 pence! 75p! I nearly had a heart attack  (someone is currently selling this book on eBay for £51.99). Anyway the rest is history…

Progress: Short Raglan Sweater

I thought I’d do an update on my progress on the Short Raglan Sweater by Rowan, which I have been knitting. Pictured above is the original image from Rowan Book Eight. Apart from the knots at the bottom which were quite tricky to get right it is a really straight forward pattern. I didn’t really like using the chart for the first side I knitted, the back, I thought I much preferred written instructions but once I got onto the front and had to repeat it all again I found I was much better at reading the chart (so I guess I learnt something!) The yarn I choose, Drops Alaska by Garn Studio looks great, it’s quite coarse but I think it really lends it’s self to the stitch pattern. If I’d chosen a slinkier yarn I don’t think the cables would have ‘popped’ out of the fabric so much and the knots might have sagged.  I’ve posted some photos of my project below – hopefully I’ll have a bit more time to knit next week and have it finished soon!

Remaining Yarn for front and sleeves.

In progress on circular needles

Back of the sweater with knots and zig zag pattern.

Needs smoothing out but looking good!

Cast On: Short Raglan Sweater

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Today I have cast on the Short Raglan Sweater by Amand Griffiths from Rowan Book Eight. I decided to use Drops Alaska in Mustard as it is on special offer at the moment, £1.20 per ball, not bad for a 100% pure wool yarn. Although in hindsight I wish I’d waited and bought a more luxurious “drapey” yarn or a heavy cotton / linen blend to make it more wearable in summer. I might knit two though, as the Mustard shade I’ve picked might not be the easiest to co-ordinate!