I’ve finally finished my aran weight winter cardigan just as summer arrives in Cornwall. It is a lovely pattern, Harvest Moon by Heidi Kirrmaier. I had about a fifteen year break from knitting, then about eighteen months ago I discovered Ravelry online and was inspired to start again. Things have moved on so much. Circular needles (they were actually invented in the thirties, but I hadn’t heard of them), seamless, top down knitting – what a revelation! And socks knitted two at a time from the toe up. Who knew? Actually, who knew you could knit socks at all? Obviously, thinking about it, at one time everyone would have had to knit their own socks or they wouldn’t have had any.
I just love that the internet has allowed so many independent designers to flourish. When I ‘need’ a new pattern I just go on to Ravelry, type in what I’m looking for and there they are, hundreds to choose from. The best thing is (apart from being able to download the pattern instantly) that you can see who else has already knitted the item, look at their photographs and read their comments so you know if it’s really the pattern for you. I just wish I had discovered that earlier, it would have made me think twice about purchasing the yarn for a certain summer cardigan a while back!
Anyway, I have been really inspired by knitting designers such as Melissa LaBarre, Carol Feller and Gudrun Johnston. They all seem to favour the top down seamless method. It is weird that although I absolutely love sewing and I sew practically every day, I hate sewing up a garment when I’ve finished knitting it and now I don’t have to, ever!
I’ve already started on my next cardigan, Peasy which is also written by Heidi Kirrmaier. This time I am knitting in an ice blue cotton yarn. I just need to make sure I finish it before autumn so I can wear it a few times before packing it away for the winter. It’s so pretty.
My daughter’s make-up bag is finished. Maybe I could have made it a tad smaller, but she did say she wanted it as big as possible.
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