Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Lights, camera...

...action, well my action is finished! I knitted these two jumpers for a short film being made by a friend. The requirement was that one jumper be able to unravel and the other have a ragged bottom edge. They had to look like home made school jumpers and be in this alarming red. The yarn was a cheap acrylic which is hard on the hands to knit and hard to keep at the right gauge. My solution to knitting two jumpers quickly was to borrow an old Singer 200E and it's ribber. After battling with the machine for a day I didn't dare attempt the ribbing and just knit the bodies and sleeves on the machine and picked up the ribs by hand. Great for straight knitting, but increasing, decreasing and casting off are a real pain.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Quietly working away

I have been I promise and you can tell that I knitted these jumpers a while ago because they've already started pilling! That's the problem with cashmere, but I'm prepared to put up with it for the softness and warmth.

This is Kim Hargreaves Ripple from Nectar knitted in Naturally ME a 80% wool and 20% cashmere yarn that's machine washable! Some of the yarn was recycled from my Glint (from the same book) which was gorgeous (I wore it on my wedding day!), but which was never really going to be practical for me. As you can see it's already well worn! I'm wearing it with a shirt I made from a remnant from Astratex sort of following a Sew U pattern by Wendy Mullins and my organic denim jeans made from Tessuti, pattern Vogue 8131.

Also made from a 80% wool and 20% cashmere Karabella Margrite, this is my Kim Hargreaves Still, from Thrown Together. Some of this yarn was recycled from my Louisa Harding Fitted Sweater which was too short. I'm wearing my organic denim skirt (yes, I had enough left over!) made from McCalls 5590 a fabulous easy pattern which fits perfectly. My two favourite outfits!

I'm taking a break to do lots of sewing and to finish my other knitting projects!