A Second Success (I’m still bouncing)

handmade with loveI’m really excited to have my shop up and running, and will be popping little bits and pieces in there as and when I can tear myself away from making jumpers for myself πŸ˜‰ because I’ve just finished my second one (that fits!) To say that I’m over the moon would be to understate it completely. I have not removed it since sewing in the ends and am now praying that the sun, which has made its first truly warm appearance of the year so far today, is just a blip and the cold will come back for a while.

OK, I don’t really mean that, but I’m a bit gutted I’ll have to put it away till next year, and fairly soon, too. So I’m starting to look at some cotton tunic options, since this jumper is made with the oh-so-soft-and-snuggly Drops Andes, which is 65% wool and 35% alpaca. It is light, soft, warm… Oh, heck! It’s perfect.

I’ve told the story here in picture form. Since a lot of my knitting takes place in the evenings, when the day-job is over πŸ˜‰ , the light is not fabulous, but the photographs are clear enough, if not aesthetically perfect!

Andes 1
Casting the ribbed funnel neck stitches onto 9mm circular needles
Andes 2
Funnel neck complete, the pattern begins
Andes 3
I love this part – the emergent pattern
Andes 4
In daylight, the seamless yoke taking shape.
Andes 5
The stitches for the sleeves have been transferred onto waste yarn

And here I should add, there are many sensible things you’reΒ supposed to do as a knitter – tension squares etc etc – that I’m a bit too slapdash to do religiously, but I cannot stress enough how useful the waste yarn tip was (thank you my Instagram friend Laura!) This jumper, and its sleeves, are the perfect length thanks to the slightly fiddly but worth every non-knitting moment of transferring live stitches on to waste yarn and trying it on! πŸ™‚

Andes 6
Yards of jumper in front of ‘The Killing’ – seriously, if you haven’t seen the series, it’s *brilliant*
Andes 7
Bedtime. Time to put the knitting away, but too impatient to wait for a daylight shot to show it complete without sleeves.
Andes 8
A bit of a flourish around the bottom of the jumper and then the moment of truth – binding off the hem.
Andes 9
Complete but for 2/3 of a sleeve.
Andes 10
Action shot πŸ˜‰
Andes 11
Can’t wipe away the smile. It’s DONE! It FITS!
Andes 12
Dancing with Baby Baggins.
The Finished Jumper Dance of Joy.

Cotton next πŸ™‚


2 thoughts on “A Second Success (I’m still bouncing)

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  1. Fantastic, love that irrepressible smile of triumph! I don’t think you’ll be putting it away for a while yet, colder weather on the way πŸ™‚

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