I started this pattern of cardigan and got almost to the arm holes - only to decide that the fabric was too limp and take it back. Then I tried other ideas - and didn't like them either. So I am back with this version - this time using the yarn doubled. I am happier with the result.
I don't know what I would do without hot water bottles in cosy knitted covers - such a comfort when feeling seedy. I just bought two new bottles - which meant two new covers to knit. I have made many covers down the years but find that plain stocking stitch is nicest to cuddle up with. I don't follow a specific pattern but just knit to fit, starting at the top of the button band, working down to the bottom and back up until I can cast on for the buttonhole band and then carry on in the round. At the neck I cast off at the beginning of one side and for the other side I fold and do a three-needle cast off - so I work flat from that point but only have one side to sew up. It sounds complicated but is really easy to do and makes a well fitting cover as you can try it on to get exactly the right length to the shoulder.
My figure problems make it so very hard to find a dress that fits and suits me - so I am knitting my own. Black 100% cashmere and 2mm needles. It will be nearly ankle length (for winter warmth), high-necked and long-sleeve and stocking stitch. I must be mad - but this is the second one and the first is so comfortable that I can't bear the thought of it wearing out.
Walking with elbow crutches makes carrying things a problem, and outside pockets are too liable to catch on things to be safe. So all my cardigans have large knitted poachers pockets added to both inside fronts. I bought a cardigan very cheap in a clearance sale recently and here you can see the pocket I have knitted and slip stitched inside the front.
Considering that my need for a new cardigan is becoming acute, I have taken an age to make up my mind what to make. This is yellow 100% cashmere. I love Mari Dembrow's Pebble Cardigan, but I am just too clumsy - I catch the surface threads on things impossibly often. So I have decided to go with the ribbing pattern from that pattern for the whole thing. I will probably convert it to a raglan while I am about it as that makes my twisted spine and uneven shoulders less noticable.
I enjoyed knitting the last pair of mitts so much that I have started a new pair (in the same green and yellow yarns despite what the camera thinks!) This pattern is Fingerless Texels. I love the scalloped edging - amazing to be able to knit something like this.
I was intrigued by this pattern for DoubleTake Mitts so I am making them as a Christmas gift. The yarn is 100% cashmere so they should be nice and warm. I was pleased to find a pattern that included an XS size for me to knit - most mitt patterns are too big for me and mine.
My wife:Scottish but currently
living in London.