I can finally write about the WIP that I hinted at last week, as I contacted “Let’s Knit” asking them to send me a copy of the jumper pattern that I lost, and within two hours I had it. It was amazing, hurrah.
So, I’m working on my first jumper! This is hugely exciting for me, probably the biggest project I have attempted since the Harry Potter wall-hanging. I’ve never made myself a garment, and I’ve never made anyone something this big.
I bought a huuuuge kilogram skein of green aran wool yarn I bought from a shop in Windsor years and years ago — and I never found what to use it for. Definitely a case of impulse buy! I then decided to turn a corner in my knitting career and make something big.
The pattern is “Susannah” by Anniken Allis. It’s a rib-stitch jumper with a cowl neck, which I chose because it looks like it will be quite good at fitting various sizes — and I plan for this to last a long time, so hopefully if my body size changes, it won’t be a big disaster.
I started knitting it months ago, and worked up most of the back. I then took it on holiday to Cornwall and realised I’d got the ribs totally wrong and I had to unpick the whole thing. It was an awful moment.
I managed to complete the back of the jumper while we were on holiday. Last week I knit half of the front during my commute to work. It’s been on hold slightly since then following the pattern-losing – but full steam ahead now.
It knits up well, and I’m really enjoying making it. I can’t wait for it to be finished, which is good as I thought I might have second-sock syndrome for the front. The cable keeps it interesting.
I’d also like to reiterate a question I had about the word “knitted”. Check out the question here if you fancy thinking a bit – and enlightening me on the English language.