Remember I said there might be some photos to come of finished items? I wasn’t lying! It’s true, I have finished a number of projects that were either languishing or just unphotographed while I waited to get my paws on a camera that actually works… This task now accomplished, I present my latest FOs:
First up, I can’t believe this is finally finished and I actually got modelled photos. This is a reknit of Schiehallion (it’s on its way, folks, honest! Keep reading to learn more about the hold up…) that I did in ColourMart’s cashmere/silk/viscose/merino blend, as with the original. I often choose this yarn for unselfish knitting because I appreciate other people don’t have the same love of rustic-textured wools that I do, and this is a soft yarn that wears remarkably well for its fluffy handle. This version is for someone who is very fussy about “itch” and has rejected yarns with more cashmere content as “itchy” (please don’t get me started… groan!).
It’s not a British wool, but ColourMart are a great small business located in Shrewsbury, England (but right beside the Welsh border) that buys mill ends from smaller UK mills and sells them around the world, alongside international big-hitters like Lora Piana, to customers who might never otherwise experience Rennie, Knoll, Gardiners – and certainly not Lightowlers, the Holmfirth mill whose Jacobs yarn is in stock right now.
When I first reknitted the pattern as written, the armholes were really deep. I’m currently working on a fix to this that will work across the huge range of sizes, so this is part of the current hold up on the pattern release. That and not being able to take photos of this garment because the armholes were so disproportional to the rest of it! As I discovered this sad fact to be sincerely true after steeking it I had to unpick entire rows above and below the section I wanted to remove and then graft the remaining pieces together. It’s only just noticeable before another wash (you can see its horizontal line on the left-hand side of the above photo, just above his right armpit).
If you ever want to know how not to spend a dark, cold, damp December’s day, just ask me, ok? However, it is fixed and now belongs to one happy recipient. Job done.
This is Mokum, a pattern in the works. It uses a tile pattern that reminds me of the pattern and reflection of grachtenpanden rooftops. It’s knit top down in 4ply weight wool yarn with a colourwork yoke and short row shaping at the back neck and back shoulders, bust and back darts, and cool contrast colour edgings. All the things I love!
I say it’s “in the works” because, although the lambswool from ColourMart is a terrific colour I’m not convinced by its 3-ply structure for a garment. I’ve been wearing this around for a few weeks now, and my initial reservations about the swatch have been confirmed. All of my favourite garments are knitted in 2-ply yarns (thinking of Jamiesons, Rennie, Snældan, in particular here, as those are the jumpers I wear the most) and although the stitches in those yarns have less definition, they form a more integral flat fabric than my new green jumper. So, I think I want to try the pattern with a different yarn before offering it for test knitting (although as always I would love to hear from interested parties – especially anyone wanting to use one of those yarns).
I’m aware it’s Friday afternoon already, but I plan to have two more garment FOs by the end of the week… Did somebody say “clear up”?