Jumper · Knitting

Well travelled yarn

This is one of those jumpers that has a story of sorts. I bought the blue mohair yarn in Austria almost a lifetime ago, back in the 80’s. Mohair was a bit of a thing those days and this was a huge 300g ball – so soft and squishy.  I thought the light blue colour was great, pastels being also an 80’s thing. As so often, things happened and I never knitted anything with the blue yarn.

Then came 90’s, 1995 to be exact and I spotted a really great knitting magazine in the shop. Among many great designs was this nice big cable jumper with rib pattern all over it. I wanted to knit it as soon as I saw it. By ‘as soon as I saw it’ I meant ‘in 2019’. Clearly I’m not in a rush. Well, mohair is making a bit a comeback, I believe. Cables are always fashionable. Light blue is a bit too pastelly for my liking these days, but it’s still ok.

Mohair cable jumper

I knew the blue yarn would not be enough for the jumper but I thought I’ll think of something when it runs out. I knitted the front and back and then the collar. I knitted the sleeves top down so that I could use up all of the blue yarn. I planned to have a block of some other colour near the cuffs. I ran out of the blue yarn way too early. Fine, I’ll finish the sleeves with white. And then I ran out of white yarn. At this point I was getting a bit annoyed but having got this far, I didn’t want to unravel the whole jumper. And so the grey yarn came in.

I know, it looks a bit daft but I dedicated this jumper for wearing in the house only. Although I’m annoyed with it, I’m also pleased because I used the light blue yarn that has followed me from town to town, and even to different countries, and finally, more than 30 years later I used it! It’s not that the yarn was somehow amazing, but I think it’s the fact that it was bought in Vienna, my favourite city. For me, this yarn has Vienna written all over it. When I see this light blue yarn, my mind goes to Vienna immediately. Also, that cable jumper pattern has been haunting me for over 20 years. Better late than never, right?

Happy knitting!

 

Jumper · Knitting · Scarf · Upcycling

Good old 80’s

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.

Old jumper reknitted.

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.

Little scarf
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.

Happy knitting!

Cushion Cover · Hats · Jumper · Knitting · Upcycling

Reclaimed

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.

Reclaimed yarn used for a jumper

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.

Leftovers used for a hat

I used the leftovers for a hat.

Reclaimed yarn for a jumper and a matching 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.

Leftovers!

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!

Happy knitting!

Jumper · Knitting

Britannia-esque

Ta-dah! Another finished jumper for hubby.

Buttoned-up jumper

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.

Union Jack buttons

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.

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Jumper · Knitting

Ribbed

Over half a kilo of yarn bites the dust as I finished another jumper!

Men's 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.

Men's jumper

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Jumper · Knitting

Winter blues

Another jumper finished!

Thick jumper

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.

Happy knitting!