New beginnings

New beginnings for day 23 of #blogjune.

I knitted Wayne a chunky yellow jumper for Christmas last year using a vintage pattern.


Sadly, as much as we both loved the yarn, the jumper itself just didn’t work out. The neckline was too tight and the sleeves were really bulky and it didn’t look good on either of us. Looking at the pattern I can see it now. The jumper looks just the same as the photo in the pattern book, but I didn’t spot the problems until it was finished.

It’s strange that a sixties pattern should end up with puffy eighties sleeves. I guess it was ahead of its time, and not in a good way. There’s also a lesson for me in looking more closely at the pictures in pattern books. It’s a lesson Maggie Righetti spends some time on in her great book Knitting in Plain English — how to spot what’s wrong by looking at the picture.

So I spent a sunny Sunday morning sitting on the back step unravelling the jumper and winding the yarn ready for a new beginning.

I did need some fortification before starting though, so Wayne got things off to a great start by making Ricotta blueberry pancakes using a recipe from Sophie Dahl’s Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights From Season To Season, served with maple syrup and a Latin jazz soundtrack. I recommend a bit of Boss nova if you have to do a bit of ripping out.



2 responses to “New beginnings

  1. Blame the pattern for poor design — but don’t “Blame it on the Bossa Nova!” Sounds — and looks — like a great way to start the day. I know you’ll use that beautiful yarn to come up with something great.

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