Unfast Fashion

After knitting enough socks to get a little bored of the process, and then an unexpectedly successful tea-cosy for my mother, I have decided to risk knitting something a little more ambitious (and by ambitious, I mean ‘something any actual knitter can do with their eyes shut): a jumper.

tea cosy

Not a jumper, unless you’re a teapot

I have actually managed to knit myself a whole cardigan in the past (it even came out quite successfully, although sadly the moths got more use out of it than I did in the end), and then abandoned an attempt to do a jumper, but I thought I’d have another go having fallen in love with a pattern I saw on the Internet (I realise, looking at it now, that half the attraction may be that it’s a grey jumper in the picture, but never mind).

wool coneOne of the problems with knitting something like a jumper is that you end up spending a substantial part of your life turning about £60 worth of wool into about £40 worth of jumper, at least if you buy the wool new. Fortunately my cousin, who is a master of the car boot sale, found me a 50p bargain cone of 2-ply Shetland wool that’s been sitting in my knitting wool stash for *checks notes* five years waiting for me to work out what to do with it (never let it be said that I rush into things when it comes to knitting).

After a certain amount of calculation (and having actually knitted a proper test swatch rather than just assuming it will be fine like I normally do) I worked out that if I wound it into balls and knitted with two at a time, I should have enough 4ply wool for the pattern. This does mean acquiring a jumper that isn’t grey, which will be a bit of a shock to the system, but at least, given how slowly I knit, I’ve probably got a couple of years to get used to the idea …

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4 Responses to Unfast Fashion

  1. Charles says:

    My wife started on snoods, all relatives and friends now have one (I have 3) and is now into mittens and wrist warmers. Actually very useful as you can work a touch screen without taking them off.

    The jumper idea is a very good one, perhaps if you take long enough with your knitting the wool may turn grey with age? My mother’s record was I think something like 20 years over a jumper for my father which was too small and was then altered for me, funnily enough I looked rather like your tea cosy, but obviously a grey one.

  2. disgruntled says:

    @WOL – I will!
    @Charles – at least knitting a jumper will keep me from bothering anyone else with unsolicited knitwear for a while (not that your wife’s snoods are unwanted I’m sure)

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