and began the Robert Harris waiting in the wings Front finished – a little wobbly in places but not too bad. ‘Second Sleep’ on the go
My first read by this author. ‘Oh, historical fiction’ is what I thought when I picked it off the library shelf. Then at the end of ch.1 that thought changed to ‘Oh, sci – fi or maybe even something else’. I’m up to ch.9 and to me it’s moving quite slowly but we all know that with some books that could change quickly!
Library reservations must be working overtime – my book arrived sooner than expected. Not just The Sea Gatebut 5 others as well! That’s me sorted for November I think 😊
Style – a form of appearance, design or production. source
Most of my knitting these days is for the baby & toddler programme of a local charity but recently they’ve been asking for larger sizes – so I’m looking through this pattern book and this caught my eye.
It’s one I’ve made a couple of times previously in a 2yr size – described as ‘a child’s jumper with yoke patterning front and back’
I found it a ‘relatively easy knit’, the shape reminded me of a fisherman’s Gansey. Patterned yoke, drop sleeves, straight up and down.
And the instructions are available in sizes up to 8yrs 😊
(Use of the word jumper (or other options such as “pullover” and “jersey“) is largely determined by the regional version of English used. In the case of Ireland, Britain and Australia, “jumper” is the standard word, “jersey” is used in South Africa whereas “sweater” is mainly found in tourist shops and in North America. The word used in Irish is geansaí (“guernsey”).Source)
There’s just one problem – one that probably only I see – my plain stocking stitch knitting is becoming very uneven. And there’d be an awful lot of it to be seen on a four/six year old sized jumper 🙁
Sometimes I’ve used other stitches or cables to ‘cover part of the ground’ but that doesn’t always work. Remember how uneven the fronts of those little shirts were…..
I’m not sure why, it was the same brand yarn I’ve used before. Of course it’s possible my hands are losing their grip/strength and I’m getting sloppy in the way I hold the needles so that’s something I’ll have to work on.
I think I might have found the answer to my dilemma
Do what I’ve done before
Knit Aran style or similar
No (or very little) stocking stitch to worry about
Here’s a couple from my collection – vintage now, fashionable when I bought them!
“A captivating and magical story set in 1930s Malaysia about a dancehall girl and an orphan boy who are brought together by a series of unexplained deaths and an old Chinese superstition about men who turn into tigers.”
Much writing about customs superstition expats life in Malaya Brought back memories of life as expats during the 1960s when we lived in that part of the world.
Oh and I have a rather nice Royal Blue waiting in the wings That’d be the big boxes in the garage 😊 I’ll keep you posted ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
A gentle reminder from an ‘acquaintance’ (just someone I see at a group) that I’d promised – one I have no recollection of – to knit some clothes for her granddaughter’s doll had me scrabbling through the garage looking for a long forgotten Tiny Tears. One of those things left behind years ago but ‘please don’t give it away Mum’ so it lingers out there along with various other bits that really should have been given away….guess when Mum’s gone those 60yr old children will finally make that decision they should have made years ago.
The 16” dolly clothes will have to wait a bit (Christmas is a while away yet) – Mum has been making decisions of her own since she returned home and discovered an awful lot more yarn in the garage than she remembered – several of those interesting 400gm ‘sealed so you have no idea what the ply is’ mill end bags suddenly appeared (tucked away in a box below another box – no idea when they were bought) so it’s use it or lose it. ‘Mill ends’ are the surplus yardage of yarn produced by mills every time a production run ends.source
Meaning I’ve some planning to do…….decide what to make and if I’m capable of offloading/donating/giving some of it away.
This little sweater/cardigan is so easy to knit it’s become a favourite of mine ( see the very well used, bit tattered and torn pattern…..priced @ 6d! One I bought for my first born – 1962😯)
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And it turns out this particular ‘mystery yarn’ knits up like a dream. Soft and comfortable to work with, smooth on the needles and using 10/3.25mm with 8/4mm needles is sizing to the pattern measurements. I’m sure it could be used in the same way as an 8ply……Watch this space 😊
My latest library book turned up a couple of days after we got home…..I definitely timed the putting on hold process just right It’s a new to me author so I must have seen it recommended somewhere The sea, the sea by Iris Murdoch
As they say…in for a penny, In for a pound. If I don’t get on with it, it can go back😊
Remember Violeta – I mentioned her back at the end of August and again in September. After a few false starts I finally made it to the end of over 300 pages. Different – Interesting – Readable – no plot as such, more a letter to her grandson. it did seem to go on and on at times so I had to stop for a breather now and again Having said that I enjoyed it but sometime or another I’ll try another, with a ‘storyline’, to get a better feel of the author