Only a third of the way into September and already I’ve finished 3 wips! Woo hoo! This one I was going to leave until the weekend to finish sewing up, but then I remembered I was having lunch with the intended recipient, Miss J, who lives in Melbourne, so I got to seaming the rest on Wednesday night, all ready to gift yesterday.
Pattern: Cherish by Kim Hargreaves, from her excellent book Heartfelt: The Dark House Collection. I love Kim Hargreaves’ designs. They do tend to be a little samey (similar shapes and designs from season to season just with different yarns or small tweaks to the patterns) but almost all classics. Thinking about my Ravelry queue, she’s probably got the most designs in it of any single designer.
(note the stunt brooch! I didn’t have time to get the right button for this so I’ve left that to Miss J!)
I love this pattern for its clever touches – a bit of short row shaping on the fronts to make it fit so well around the bust, and for the sideways garter stitch edgings with a picot-style edge. And the slight flare on the sleeve cuffs – very chic! (I did have a modelled picture of this but of course forgot to put it on my memory stick, so I’ll update the post with it tonight!)
Cleckheaton Gusto in black (col 2088) – in the end I think I used about 7 or 8 x 100g balls. Nice story about the yarn. Miss J had bought 5 or 6 balls to make something, decided she didn’t like it and gave the yarn to me. As soon as I saw this pattern I knew she would love it so decided to make it for her. When I got to the sleeves and still hadn’t finished the first sleeve even after unravelling my gauge swatch, I knew I wouldn’t have enough yarn. And of course by that time, Cleckheaton Gusto was discontinued and no black was to be had anywhere. So I posted an ISO on Ravelry and Carson
so very kindly sent me almost a whole ball, which I thought would be enough. But no, this pattern seems to eat yarn! So I contacted the Australian Country Spinners Mill shop
, hoping they might have a stray leftover. And they did! A very nice lady phoned me to say they had one ball left and she would send it to me – for nothing! She wouldn’t take any payment, which was so very kind.
When it arrived I think there was at least the equivalent of 1.5 or maybe 2 balls (it wasn’t wound the usual way the balls are) and so in the end, I’ve actually got a whole ball of yarn leftover! Which means someone somewhere will someday receive a black chunky yarn hat!
Sticks: 12mm KnitPicks Options. You know, I really don’t like the knitting with the big sticks – so hard to manipulate and so heavy. If I didn’t already have these, I would have bought the large sticks in the Harmony style, as they’d be a lot lighter, but since I hardly ever knit with the big sticks, I’ll just keep the nickel plated ones.
Time: 25 April 2008 – 10 September 2008. I know that seems like a very long time, but to be honest, I did the back and fronts of this on the first weekend I started, and then the sleeves each took 2 or 3 nights each and the seaming another day, so it’s actually a knit you could get done in a week, if you weren’t a procrastinator or didn’t run out of yarn!
What I learnt: You can find discontinued yarn almost anywhere if you look hard enough! And Knitters are very kind! (well, I knew that already!)