At the end of January I took some photos of a shrug that I knitted and then decided to reknit into a jumper. Now it's nearly the end of February March for goodness sake, the jumper has progressed well beyond the photos and I still haven't managed to put fingers to keyboard. So...
Remember that shrug I knitted a few years ago? It was a make-it-up-as-you-go-along job and I came within an inch of my life of running out of yarn so there are lots of too-short-to-darn-in ends hanging out of the cuffs and for that reason I really only wear it at home. I decided that I wanted a more presentable version and had fallen in love with Sidar's Big Softy in Cherry Pie so after several trial runs - mostly to work out what kind of stitch looked ok in such a big yarn - I knitted it up (doing it by feeling as Mr G would say) in basket stitch.
That's a 1 Euro coin there for scale by the way; they're about an inch in diameter, so you can see how chunky the pattern turned out. I love it and, if I had lots of money (because a ball of this yarn doesn't go far, let me tell you), would knit a king size blanket for the bed just like that.
Well, the shrug looked nice but that was about it. The sleeves were too narrow, the opening was too big, and the drape was awful - it stuck out at the back like a ski jump ramp. So much as I hate pulling out yarns with no real ply, I decided to make it in to a polo neck jumper instead, and this is how far I'd got by the end of January...
The colour in that image is completely off, by the way.
I'm using Kim Hargreaves' Snug pattern (from Rowan Magazine no. 30) and have had to decrease needle size to try to get a similar guage (Snug was originally written for Rowan Polar, which I think has now sadly been discontinued). The pattern doesn't call for it, but I decided to knit the body in the round, which made things a bit quicker but meant that it was too enormous to take on trips out.
Here's today's catch-up photo:
So now it's March (eek!) and I've nearly finished the sleeves. I have to admit that I'm being very slap dash about this jumper, buying a ball of yarn here and there, and taking no notice whatsoever of dyelots. I bought another ball at the weekend, thinking that it would be the last one, but I ran out again last night so that means another trip to the shops...
In the meantime, I have plenty to be going on with (and post about...).