I have lots of yarn but I keep knitting old, unravelled jumper yarns. What’s wrong with me? I don’t know. I just hate wasting stuff and having a jumper in the wardrobe that never gets worn seems like waste to me.
I knitted a jumper in the mid-80’s. I liked it and wore it quite a bit for some time. After that I’ve not worn it at all. It was quite big, like jumper were in the 80’s and these days it wouldn’t fit inside a jacket or coat, and that makes it unusable, as far as I’m concerned.
So, I unravelled the jumper and knitted a smaller, simple, no-nonsense top-down jumper. Now it fits inside a coat. I don’t know anything about this yarn. It’s some kind of man-made fiber, possible mostly, if not entirely. In the 80’s I liked the colour. I liked those little colourful blobs. I still do. The yarn is quite thick and it only took about a week to knit this.
Back in the 80’s I remember thinking that this jumper is really warm because it’s so thick. Of course, it’s not that warm at all; I know that now. I plan to use it as an in-between seasons jumpers.
This scarf shows how much smaller the new jumper is compared to the old one. This is the leftover yarn from the jumper. The scarf is all garter stitch and I knitted until all the yarn was used. The scarf is about 160 x 32 cm so it’s a reasonable size.
None of this is helping me reduce my yarn stash but at least I didn’t waste much time on these AND at least now in my wardrobe there is a jumper I can use, rather than a jumper that just takes up space. The scarf is a bonus. WIN-WIN, methinks.
My sister just sent me this picture. This happy, silly, jolly girl is wearing my jolly green jumper. She has a matching bee zipper pull for her bee necklace, but she wears the zipper pull on her wrist.
I’ve just finished a summer top for a 5-year-old girl. I was not sure about this while knitting but it turned out quite well in the end and it is a good fit.
I found the pattern in a Finnish knitting and sewing magazine. I used Schachenmayr Cotton Lux yarn in green. I only had 200g and knew it would not be enough. I went ahead anyway and decided to wing it. The green was enough for the front and back but would not be enough for the sleeves. I had some Drops Design Muskat in purple in my stash and so the sleeves became green-purple. At first I thought it was a crazy combination but I quite like it now.
Hubby made a bee necklace to go with the summer look.
For some reason I knit/wear very little cotton. I guess it is the climate up here. The summer is so short and there doesn’t seen to be enough time to wear cotton. Summer is so short that if you blink, you missed it. I cycle and hike a lot and knitted cotton tops just don’t seem the right kind of stuff to wear. I go for t-shirts. Every summer I remind myself to wear my knitted cotton tops this summer (with skirts), and so often the summer is over before I wear any of them. I guess I should stop blinking.
I hope this little girl gets more wear out of her cotton top. She lives in the south where the summers are longer, so there’s hope.
There’s been a jumper taking up space in the wardrobe for years and it never gets worn anymore. It was made by my mother in the mid 90’s and it was quite huge, typical of the times. It was an all over Norwegian pattern and was a real shame that it was never worn anymore. I couldn’t find anyone else to wear it either and I doubt it would have been easy to find a buyer for it. So, I unraveled it. It hurt a bit but my philosophy is to use the stuff one way or other. At least now the jumper gets worn again. It doesn’t look as awesome but it’ll get used.
I used a pattern called Twin River by Drops Design. It was a very nice pattern – I might use it again sometime. I don’t know what this yarn is. My guess is that it’s some kind of wool mix. I did completely random stripes.
I used the leftovers for a hat.
It’s a shame I didn’t take a picture of the original jumper but needless to say this one looks nothing like it.
The original jumper had steeked armholes. Obviously the yarn was cut into short bits. I calmly knotted all the bits randomly and knitted a cushion cover. Knots are hidden inside. Waste not, want not!
Ta-dah! Another finished jumper for hubby.
This is a ‘granddad shirt’ type jumper. I thought I might get bored out of my wits knitting this, it being fairly thin yarn and all stockinette. But because it’s all stockinette, it was really quick – I didn’t have time to get bored out of my wits. The pattern is once again by Novita. They have lots of patterns in English but I seem to be good at picking patterns that are only available in Finnish. The yarn is Nalle by Novita and the colour is lovely denim blue.
I really wanted to add European Union buttons but I didn’t have any, so Union Jacks it is. EU buttons would have been a statement, but these Union Jack buttons are just buttons. No political undertones. ‘Nuff said.
Over half a kilo of yarn bites the dust as I finished another jumper!
Another wardrobe staple. The pattern is free by Drops Design and I used Gjestal’s Raggegarn. Again, a very nice and straight forward pattern with no problems. The jumper is warm and simple and sits well. It could have been maybe a couple of centimeters longer but other than that no complaints. Both maker and receiver are well pleased.
Another jumper finished!
This is a very quick top-down jumper that knitted up in a week. The pattern is from a book called Neuleita, by Saara Toikka. It’s very simple; there is no funny business and that’s the way I like very thick jumpers. The main thing to me is that the (thick) jumper is warm and fits under a coat well.
The yarn is Viking Naturgarn. I really like the colour. When I was a kid, my favourite colour was blue. Then I adopted a black period, and although I wasn’t a goth or anything, I did wear a lot of black. I remember thinking those days that blue was so boring. Now I’ve gone back to wearing colours and liking blue again. Blue and lilac. And lots of other colours.