Sunday, October 26, 2014

Crazy Stitched Cardigan

In 1992 Pam Allen had a cropped, kimono, knitted cardigan pattern published in the 10th anniversary issue of Vogue Knitting magazine. It was a pattern always admired and swore I would some day knit. This spring I started on a long adventure of not only knitting the cardigan but spinning the wool for it as well. I collected together enough wool fibre of each of the five required colors; blue, black, red, gold and a brown- grey. The pattern called for almost 2000 yards in total of yarn so it took me a while to gather that amount in fibre. I spun for hours on my Ashford traveller wheel and plied the singles together for many more hours. I must say those hours were all very enjoyable. When it came time to knit the cardigan my gauge swatch was exact. I know now that not all wool that is handspun knits to the same gauge. I almost called it quits this summer when my thyroid acted up and my concentration became so poor that I wa tinking more rows then I was knitting. I persevered and got it all knitted. I then embroidered the seams and a few motifs and some embellishments. I completed the cardigan on the 21st of October a mere 3 days before the Annual Maritime Handspnners Retreat and I  love it. I would like to thank everyone who encouraged me and offered advice; Heidi Wulfraat, my hubby Nelson and my family. Thanks so much and I hope you enjoy the photos.


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Milling Frolic

Great demonstration of a Milling Frolic that was demonstrated at this year's annual maritime handspinners retreat that took place at the Gaelic College on Cape Breton.

Bazaar Items

Doris' items made for her church's bazaar next Wednesday.
Good job Doris