This knitting project is a mystery on two fronts. Firstly because when I started out I didn’t know what it looked like when finished because it had never been made! Secondly because I cannot share the finished project with you for a while. This is because it is a test knit for the superb designer Joanne Scrace aka Not so Granny. The pattern will be published and only then will I be able to share it with you.
Being a good girl I did a few tension squares. I hate these as I am always so eager to start on the project but it was a really good job I did this because I knit tightly!! I did a few squares just to be sure but it did not so I used half a size needles larger than stated in the pattern. Even so I used less wool that Joanne on her smaller sized project in the end. Hmmmm.
I knit quite quickly. It took me just 8 days to finish the project (once I had unraveled the first part having found a mistake. I know that you have no idea what I knitted and as I am unsure if I am allowed to tell you I shan’t but I am impressed – especially as life had to continue anyway. (Computer things went to the back burner though.)
I can knit with DPNs!! This is something I didn’t tell Joanne before I started as I didn’t want to put her off but I had to find a video on YouTube to learn how to do it. I got in a real muddle to start with, needles and fingers everywhere but got the hang of it . (Hope you can’t tell it is my first attempt!)
I have become a bit of a knitting snob. (Well alright a real live one!) Joanne specialises in designing seamless garments, usually from the top down. I love this as there is minimal sewing up afterwards but it did mean I needed to buy the correct sized circular needles. (A shopping opportunity :)) I took a trip to a wonderful local shop that I heard of called the Sheep Shop (Well worth visiting if you are passing through Cambridge ever) and treated myself to these :
I loved the multi-coloured needles but as I knit tightly was advised (quite rightly) that I would probably like these better. They are amazing. Unfortunately, because I knitted this more quickly than I expected I did not buy the DPN’s I needed and so had to resort to a cheaper make. These took a bit of getting used to. It was then that I realised that I had succumbed!
I am ashamed to admit this but it has boosted my confidence and am beginning to believe that I may be an OK knitter (if tight!).
Finally a bit of a tease….
I am allowed to show the colour of the yarn that I used.
I did not get to choose the yarn but am really happy with the colour I got. It is not probably something that I would choose but love it! It is hand dyed yarn and that is all I am saying until I get the all clear!
So now you know (if you have been wondering) why I have gone all quiet. I am really sorry to say that I did not get to visit every blog on Handmade Monday last week, for which I apologise. I am hoping that this post does count as handmade as I am hoping to link up with handmade Monday over at Handmade Harbour as I do every week. I will do my best to read every one of the superb blogs over there this week 🙂