Danger! High Voltage

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Okay, so if you don’t know the song, that gif will make NO sense, but I couldn’t resist 😂 There literally can be no other title for this blog post of the Volt Sweater than DANGER, HIGH VOLTAGE ⚡️

Anyyywayyyyyys 😂

I said at the start of last year that I wanted knitting to feature more in my creating. I was a knitter before I could sew, and I kind of missed the slower, more mindful process of knitting a garment. Sweaters, cardigans and hats used to be my items of choice, but I’ve now also branched out into mitts, a shawl, and even socks. Yep, I’m always cold, which probably fuels my love of knitting a fair bit. Nothing gives me more of a cosy feeling than a good ol’ knitted garment and in a way, I wish knitting was quicker (because I’m short on time), but actually – maybe I don’t, because I enjoy the slowness of it. I’m happy with it being slow-going. And I think I’m particularly slow, based on videos of other people knitting 🤔 My mum taught me to knit way before the digital age – I remember having a book with all the stitches explained, like a stitch-encyclopaedia. There was no googling anything – if you couldn’t understand the written instructions you were buggered. Now that I can watch videos online of other people knitting, it blows my mind a little bit 🤯

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I never really knew that there were different methods of knitting – my mum taught me her way, and the things she knitted looked pretty good, so we were all cool. But now that I’m older, watching some people knit continental or those who are a ‘pickers’, I realised that I’m in fact a thrower, extremely slow and also pretty cack-handed over the whole process. But I end up with good enough results, and I’m too stuck in my ways to change now anyhow 😂 In my mind I’m still eighteen and not really a proper adult (so my age doesn’t actually bother me) but it’s things like this that really make it hit home that y’know what, I’m getting on. There are people in my office that are young enough to not know a life without a smartphone, don’t remember a time when characters in text messages were limited, and have no idea what dial-up internet was. If you wanted to listen to music on the move, you would have had a cassette walkman that you had to rewind. Phones were – shockingly – for calling people, and not much else. I blame that knitting book, reminding me that I’m from a time when a book was needed because that wonderful (🤔) thing called t’interwebs didn’t exist yet. Ah man, times have changed.

But, one thing has remained unchanged – my love of knitting. I love seeing knitters of all different ages and walks of life – if you’ve not heard the story of Brooklyn Boy Knits, well, go read it. It makes me happy. I enjoy sitting in the busy cafeteria at lunch with some music on, getting a few rows in while watching the London skyline (you gotta be quick to nab those chairs with a view though…)

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On my lap for this particular pic was a hat for the husbeast, which has since been finished and is being worn 🤠

That’s one thing I think knitting has over sewing – it’s portable, and I can sit on the sofa (in my ‘housecoat’ 😂) with a snoring dog next to me, and happily while away a day click-clacking the needles.

This was the first jumper I knitted in a couple of years – the last one being my Peabody made with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter yarn in 2013… so, more than a ‘couple’ of years actually 😨 – the yarn was super pricey but 100% worth it. I want to knit something else with that yarn, but I haven’t decided what yet 🤔

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But in the meantime, I’ve made this bad boy 👀 The one and only thing I bought for myself from the Spring 2019 Knitting and Stitching Show (okay, that’s a lie, I also bought a hank of sock yarn which is, as yet, unused) was a knitting pattern for a sweater. More specifically, the Volt Sweater from Sue Stratford Knits.volt layout 1

I saw the finished garment on display on her stand, and it caught my eye. Although I wasn’t keen on the colour scheme (grey is so not my thang) I knew that in loud colours it would totally be right up my street. Loud colours as in… 80’s colours. Maybe with some neon. I was thinking less Harry Potter, more Bowie.

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WAY more Bowie, in fact. Loud and proud, just like the total legend he was. Not only did he collaborate on two of my most fave songs ever – Without You I’m Nothing (with Placebo) and Under Pressure (I shouldn’t have to tell you who this was, but meh: Queen) – but he was also the Goblin King in my fave film evaaaaaa – Labyrinth.

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YAS 🙌🏻

Obvs I spent ages choosing the colours for my version of the Volt – I knew I wanted to go super bright (and pink was always on the cards), so I stalked completed projects on Ravely for inspo. There’s quite a variation in colour themes, but still an awful lot of grey 👀

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I decided first off that the volt should be pink – with either orange or yellow as the highlight – but then I couldn’t decide on the main colour for the body. I always pair pink with purple (my hair is a prime example of that) so it’s my natural go-to – but I feel that I really should break the tradition sometimes. I wear A LOT of purple, and there are people that work on the floor of my office that know me purely as the girl who is always wearing purple. No joke. So did I really want to knit another purple sweater? Well, yeah, turns out I did, because that’s the colour that I felt would look the best with the colours of the volt 🤷🏻‍♀️

Once I’d settled on pink-purple-yellow, I then had to try and find a yarn range that was not only the correct gauge but who also had all of the colours I wanted, and in the right shades too. No easy feat. As I was buying online, I didn’t want to take the risk of buying different colours from different ranges that might have slightly different gauges and/or feel and have the whole thing look a shambles. In the end, I went with – brace yourself for pronunciation here – Schachenmayr Merino Extrafine 120 from LoveCrafts (or LoveKnitting, as they were at the time I bought the yarn). One ball of pink (shade 00137 ‘Pink’), one of yellow (shade 0012 ‘Sonne’) and nine balls of purple (shade 00148 ‘Clematis’). I didn’t need nine in the end, but I can’t get out of the cautious habit of buying an extra one just in case. Of course, if it’s something mental like £20 a ball, then I for sure WON’T be dropping an extra twenty just for that peace of mind 🤑

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The yarn arrived, and I was pretty excited to get back into the world of sweater-knitting after such a long break 🧶

I started off with twenty rows of ribbing rather than the stated twelve because I didn’t want to risk it being cropped – It looked kind short-ish in the picture, and cropped anything does not feature in my wardrobe. I do not want my belly let loose, ever. So extra ribbing was made, just in case.

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After a few rows, the intarsia started – I’d never done it before, but figured it couldn’t be that hard… right? Well, yeah it’s pretty easy actually, so long as you remember to pick up the new colours from underneath the main colour (so they twist) to avoid the gaps where the colour changes. V important. On the back, that translates to looking like this:

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I spent hours sitting in the armchair covered in a massive tangle of yarn. I haven’t yet figured out how I don’t get everything tangled – if you’ve got any pro tips on this please let me know!

The intarsia starts to get a bit complicated towards the middle – I was using two balls of purple at the same time but had only bought one ball of each of the pink and yellow. Right at the bottom of the bolt, there are a few rows where there are two sections of pink and three of purple on each row. That’s one more section for each colour than I had strands of yarn – so I started to carry the threads across the back to get to that extra section. I’m not an expert in stranded colourwork techniques though, and the whole thing looked pretty crap from the back and a bit distorted from the front 😩

Next time I came across a bit like that, I went with a different approach – I started knitting with the other end of the pink ball (which didn’t help the tangles situation, I tell ya). The knitting looked a hell of a lot better from the front though, and I cut the extra yarn as soon as I could.

When I got to the neckline, there were some decreases going on and they were right in the middle of some colour changes – I didn’t know which colour to use or how to tackle these. I took a guess… and ended up with two random yellow stitches amongst all the pink ones 🙄

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I did consider going back and redoing it – because it was right on the front neckline in full view – but in my mind, I couldn’t figure out whether if I used the pink yarn it would look any different (because they were on a decrease) and I wasn’t going all that way back for something I wasn’t sure I could fix. So I left it, and I call it a ‘unique quirk’ 😂 It is annoying, though.

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Once you’ve completed the (separate) front and back, the shoulders are joined with a three-needle bind-off; quite simple, and gives a pretty damn neat finish on the right side 👀

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You then pick up the sleeves.

I was already way over the expected length of the sleeves by the time I got to the end of the pattern chart (although I didn’t use the recommended yarn so that may have been the reason), but even so, the sleeves felt really short at the stated length so I kept going. Turns out that was a good idea because they’re not actually that long. Strange, because I don’t consider myself to have particularly long arms 🤔

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The last thing to be born is the neckline a 2 x 2 rib with an I-cord cast-off which I’ve never done before. It’s very time (and yarn) consuming but produces a nice edge. Like a cord, you might say 😂

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Then you just have to seam the whole bloody thing at the sides… which I don’t mind so much, but I’d really rather knit in the round to avoid having to do it (and because it gives a smoother finish without lumpy seams). I don’t think intarsia works with knitting in the round though – I gave it some thought, and came to the conclusion that the back-and-forth motion is needed because if not, you’ll leave your working yarn at the end of a section and by the time you’ve worked your way around to the beginning of the row to pick it up again, it ain’t there because you left it at the end. Bit of a bummer, but hey ho 🤷🏻‍♀️

Sewing in the ends wasn’t enjoyable – usually, if I’m not using superwash wool I will splice ends together as I go so I don’t have to sew them in afterwards but this yarn was superwash so that technique wouldn’t work. The yarn was actually quite splitty too – it seemed to be spun quite loosely, and it was very easy to push your needle through the middle of it. It’s not itchy at all, which is a big win, but I’m not sure I’m so bowled over by it that I’d be in a rush to use it again.

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The finished sweater is just a *smidge* too big, and the neck opening is WAY too wide for my liking – I even considered sewing it closed a bit at the edges. I have this weird… thing about necklines that are too wide. I will mostly wear a t-shirt under jumpers (kinda like how my Grandad always used to wear a vest under his shirts), and I HATE it when the neck of the jumper doesn’t fully cover the t-shirt and it peeks out a bit either side. It just looks so… messy. I don’t really know what that is all about, or what it means is up with my brain, but it bothers me. After knitting this sweater, I remember now that I’m a loose knitter and I either need to go down a needle size (or two) or down an actual size to end up with something that fits. This is probably in part due to my shoddy technique – who knows 🤔

While we were taking the photos for this (after I’d worn it to work a couple of times), the husbeast asked what was going on with the rib at the back. My response? I dunno, I can’t see it can I 🤦🏻‍♀️ I turn around to have a look and am immediately like HOLY SHITBISCUITS WHAT IS THAT 👀

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Turns out that one of the rib stitches was dropped when I started the main body, and had begun unravelling itself 😱

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I mean, I don’t even know how I missed it while I was knitting it, AND seaming it, AND wearing it 🤷🏻‍♀️ I managed to put it right, but had no way of securing it so I dug out some leftover yarn (ALWAYS KEEP YO’ LEFTOVERS) and tied it to the adjacent stitch. Not ideal, but it did the job and the Volt is now safe to wear without fear of it literally unravelling on my body.

(And yes, those are indeed my pink leopard Dawn Jeans you see in the photos. They make a badass outfit combo with the Volt Sweater 💪🏻)

Next on my needles is a pair of socks for the husbeast (I finally finished mine!!) and the sweater for him that I bought the yarn for about eight years ago 😂 Next on the list for me is a pattern that I literally bought earlier on this week and bumped straight to the top of the queue: Wool & Pine’s Sorrel sweater… LOOK AT THAT YOKE 👀

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It’s knitted with one strand of sock yarn and one strand mohair held together… I’m not a fan of fuzzball sweaters so I think I’ll look for an alternative, but it’s definitely top of my list. Look at that amazingly shaped neck too – no t-shirt poking is gonna happen there 👀

How many of you guys are knitters as well as sewists? And what came first – the knitting or the sewing? If you’re a knitter, what’s on your needles right now?

Happy Sunday ✌🏻

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40 Comments

  1. Romy
    January 19, 2020 / 8:35 am

    Love that jumper! I was a knitter first, but I only really dabbled, making squares for blankets and the odd scarf. I’ve never made a garment, though I would like to. I’m a bit too impatient though, I only really knit to have something to do with my hands while watching TV, otherwise I’d rather sew 😆

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 20, 2020 / 8:55 pm

      Thanks Romy! 💜 I remember my first scarf that I ever made… bloody hideous and I think I dropped a stitch at least every couple of rows 😂
      Give a garment a go – you might love it! The thing I love about knitting is that it’s portable in a way sewing isn’t… so you can get a few rows in on your commute, or lunch break, or flight… 🧶💪🏻

  2. Miriana
    January 19, 2020 / 8:39 am

    Fab sweater and excellent colour choices. I really like the sleeve cuffs too. Maybe l should make it my first foray into intarsia. You could do a duplicate stitch over those two rogue yellow stitches. I’ve never done it myself but I think it’s sewing a stitch over another one (and now that your knitting is in the internet world, instructions should be easy to find).

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 20, 2020 / 8:58 pm

      Thanks Miriana! 💜 It’s a really cool pattern on the sleeves isn’t it 😍
      Definitely do it! I eased myself in with a bit of intarsia because I’d like to attempt stranded colourwork – now that DOES seem scary 😨😂
      Ooh, yes I could cover up the yellow stitches – didn’t think of that, thanks!

  3. January 19, 2020 / 8:53 am

    Wow, it looks fab Sarah, the colour combo is perfect & those V’s at the rib are unique. I could have written the 1st part of the blog myself. I was a knitter way before a sewer, just not a very good or proficient one. My grandma taught me & I had no idea there were so many different ways of casting on & off & continental blows my mind, I’ve tried & failed 😉 I went on a sock knitting course yesterday to learn how to knit on dpns, I can do them on 9” circulars but couldn’t get my head around dpns. Just about mastered it but find it very slow. Love the next sweater you’ve got planned, is that the same one that Vicky @ Sewstainability made?

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 20, 2020 / 9:03 pm

      Thanks Sam! I didn’t really want to make ANOTHER pink and purple garment (I have a lot 😂) but I just couldn’t settle on an alternative combo 🤷🏻‍♀️
      I don’t think I could ever learn continental… it’s just like WOAH 😱😂 I’m happy with my slowcoach method! I think I’ll just stick my head in the sand and pretend that my way is the only way 😂 I only know the long-tail cast on method, so if a pattern says something else I have to google it!
      Did you enjoy the sock knitting class? DPNS I’m not too bad with, magic loop took me a while to get the hang of but I’m okay with that now… it’s one of those things that feels REALLY hard to explain in words but is actually fairly simple(ish) to execute in practice. I’m sure you’ll get faster with the DPNs!
      Ah no Vicky’s sweater was the Wool and Honey one, but it’s very similar – reverse stocking stitch with a pattern on the yoke 💕

  4. January 19, 2020 / 8:59 am

    Hi Sarah, your jumper has turned out really well, congrats. I do fair-isle knitting and to keep my yarns from tangling I just have to remember to turn the just knitted side to the right, and next time to the left. That way there is never more than a half twist in your strands of wool. Hope that helps.

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 20, 2020 / 9:04 pm

      Thank you! 💕
      Ohhhh okay yes I see what you’re saying – I always turn mine the same way, which probably doesn’t help 😂 Thanks for the tip – I’ll try that! 💜

  5. Bren Holmes
    January 19, 2020 / 9:27 am

    Your sweater is fab. You’ve recently inspired me to get knitting again, rather than spend my evenings scrolling or reading rubbish novels. A couple of days ago I ordered some chunky, marbled yarn to knit a long line jacket. The one I’ve been wearing a lot over the past few, cold, weeks was knitted about 12 years ago, when I lived in France. It’s done well, but should no longer be seen in public. I hope the yarn and pattern will arrive PDQ.
    Hand embroidery came first for me. When I was a young child, from about 5 until about 10, I was usually to be found either reading or embroidering. Then came knitting and crochet (I no longer crochet) with sewing a bit later, at about 12 years of age. My Mum wouldn’t allow me to use her electric Singer sewing machine until I was old enough to be ‘sensible’. I could still be waiting, lol.

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 20, 2020 / 9:11 pm

      Thanks Bren! 💜
      Yaaay I’m so glad you’re inspired! Mindless scrolling is something I’m trying to get out of too (because I really don’t have enough free time to be doing that!) but reading novels is something I’d like to get back into! Not rubbish ones, though 😂
      Ooh, I’m very intrigued into this long line jacket of yours. I want to knit something to take to work with me (because it’s pretty cold under the air con) but I’d also be easily convinced to knit something to replace me wearing my dressing gown in the house when it’s cold so that I don’t have to shake it off quickly if the postman rings the doorbell 😨😂 Which pattern are you using for yours?
      I’d love to be good at hand embroidery – there’s some amazing pieces that I see online! I did cross stitch for many years, and even now I have one that I would like to finish in my lifetime 😆
      Haha, I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only adult that’s perhaps not quite sensible enough to use electric equipment with sharp needles 😆 I’m forever jabbing pins into my hands! 🤦🏻‍♀️

  6. Nancy May
    January 19, 2020 / 9:28 am

    Love the detail in the sleave and ribbing of the sweater. Like the volt on you, but it’s not for me. I’m a knitter too. Having stopped knitting for many years… Like 30 odd… Last year made a sweater in Marino wool/,silk mix. It was done in the round. Had started another sweater in December. Same pattern, but using up stuff I had in my stash…. I like to sew too.

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 20, 2020 / 9:13 pm

      Thanks Nancy! 💜 That’s some interesting detail on the sleeve isn’t it 👀
      Knitting in the round was a total revelation for me… it’s SO good! Do you prefer it?
      I’m sort of telling myself that I need to use up yarn that’s in my stash, but the allure of buying new pretties is just too much sometimes 😂

  7. January 19, 2020 / 9:51 am

    I’m both a knitter and a sewer and I can’t remember not being able to knit. I now have grandchildren and love knitting for them. I’ve done lots of picture knitting, sometimes I strand across, sometimes intarsia with small balls and occasionally I’ve Swiss darned stuff on the front. I’m knitting my grandson a Harry p jumper with a flash on the front. I love your jumper and the colours you chose. Bowie would approve.

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 20, 2020 / 9:15 pm

      I bet the grandkids have an impressive collection of sweaters! I used to love it when my mum would knit me a new jumper, and it’s only now that I make my own that I appreciate the time they take!!
      I bet the Harry Potter jumper will be fabulous, are you making it in Gryffindor colours?

  8. Margery Watson
    January 19, 2020 / 10:11 am

    Great colours for the sweater. I learned to knit and sew about the same time making clothes for my dolls. A little bit older taught myself to crochet. I have dipped in and out of all three over the years but now I’m retired I have the time and energy for all three.
    I totally agree about the neck line. So many patterns I have looked at have gaping necks. Must have a look at the one you’ve shown.

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 20, 2020 / 9:19 pm

      Thanks Margery! 💜
      I am totally in awe of you making dolls clothes… they are SO SMALL! 😨
      I really like the look of crochet blankets, but tension seems to elude me with a crochet hook so I’ve got absolutely no chance at getting anything to come out a certain size 😂 I’m sort of loosely thinking about crocheting the dog a blanket with the leftover yarn from my knitting projects – I made one when she was a pup which she chewed a hole in, but hopefully now she’s almost ten (and in a much colder climate) she’ll think twice about chewing up another one!
      The sweater I’ve just finished knitting had a stocking stitch neckline that curled, so I went back and added a rib collar and now I’m much happier!
      I’ve now bought yarn for the pattern that was at the bottom of my post, but I’ve told myself I WILL finish the sweater I’ve started for the husbeast first, before I start that one for me… 😫😫😫

  9. Theresa
    January 19, 2020 / 11:00 am

    Jumper looks fabulous. I don’t think it looks too big. Love that cuff and side detail. If you think your knitting is a bit loose, it’s really worth always doing a tension swatch before you start. Then you will know if you need to use differenf size needles. Also finished garment should come out to the dimensions that the pattern states. Happy knitting and sewing xx

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 20, 2020 / 9:22 pm

      Thanks Theresa! 💕
      Tension swatches are a bit like sewing toiles though… they take away valuable time for getting on with something 😂😂😂
      But yeah, I totally understand their worth. In fact, you’d be proud of me – I’ve bought yarn for that sweater pattern I posted at the bottom of the blog, but it’s a totally different combo to what they suggested so I AM ACTUALLY GOING TO SWATCH 🙌🏻 I’ll report back on how that goes!

  10. Phoebe
    January 19, 2020 / 12:33 pm

    That’s one super cool sweater! Really nice work! You can actually do intarsia in the round. What you actually do is knit back and forth, reversing each round and there’s a little trick when you change direction to keep it all connected. I’m not explaining it very well, and I can’t remember where I learned it – I only did it once when making a christmas stocking for my dog with a squirrel motif (I know, I know, I’m weird), but try googling it.

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 20, 2020 / 9:23 pm

      Thanks Phoebe! 💜
      OMG you may have just made my year… there’s a way to do it in the round?! Really? This would be awesome! I am DEFINITELY going to look this up, thank you! 🙌🏻
      And as a fellow dog-mum, it’s totally NOT weird to knit a squirrel stocking for your dog. I love it 💕

  11. moderndaymaker
    January 19, 2020 / 1:25 pm

    Love this sweater. You did a great job. My granny thought me to knit when I was a kid but I’m totally a beginner. I’m gonna start back knitting soon thou.

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 20, 2020 / 9:24 pm

      Thank you! And definitely do get into the knitting… it opens up a whole load of possibilities – I saw a sleeveless denim jacket with knitted sleeves on the ‘gram the other day! 😨🤯

  12. January 19, 2020 / 1:52 pm

    cool! I don’t have the patience to knit much, and my gnarly arthritic mitts don’t help these days. Swiss Darning is what you need to hunt for to see how to cover your miscreant stitches…it’s just sewing a large V shape embroidery stitch directly over the knitted stitch, useful for adding small details when intarsia would be too fiddly

    For fiddly intarsia [lol] use some of those cute little knitting fish and wind off multiple mini skeins of your different colours. You still get tangled but not as badly

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 20, 2020 / 9:26 pm

      Awww, perhaps knitting would help the arthritis in some way, to like, ‘keep them mobile’ or something? I dunno, I’m not really a doctor but it sounds kinda logical 😂
      Yes – that’s it, Swiss darning. That’s the one.
      Knitting fish?! What is that?! *off to google*

  13. January 19, 2020 / 2:55 pm

    Really great job, and fits you and your persona . Don’t say you are too old to change knitting style! I was a thrower for over 40+ years and taught myself to knit continental at age 62. I have never regretted it. I find it more comfortable and it is quicker.

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 20, 2020 / 9:28 pm

      Thank you! 💜
      Ooh really? I’m just not sure I could change! I definitely think it looks quicker, but I just don’t know if I can break the habit of a lifetime!! 🤷🏻‍♀️ I feel like I hold the left needle a bit weird and I always end up with claw hand, which I’m sure is gonna give me problems later in life 😂

  14. Melody Srygley
    January 19, 2020 / 3:50 pm

    Fab sweater! I was also thinking Swiss darning for the two stitches. But. Then again… My oriental rugs all have intentional ‘errors’ (to prove the maker is human). You’ll be so humble when out fighting crime!

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 20, 2020 / 9:29 pm

      Thanks Melody! Ah, yes – Swiss darning. That’s it. I feel like I might still see the yellow underneath though (because it’s such a bright colour) so I think I might just leave it as a ‘quirk’ 🤔😂

  15. January 19, 2020 / 9:33 pm

    This is awesome! I’m also a knitter first and only recently started to loving it again (thanks Ravelry!)

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 20, 2020 / 9:30 pm

      Ahhhh yay for returning to knitting! What’s on your needles? Ravelry for me is more dangerous than browsing fabric – I’m pretty fussy with fabric and can browse many stores without anything catching my eye… but an hour on Ravelry and I’ve bought/queued about twenty more patterns 😂😂😂

  16. January 20, 2020 / 9:38 am

    Wow, this is incredible 👏 the volt is awesome ⚡️👩‍🎤 but that detail on the ribbing blows my mind!!! 👏👏👏👏

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 20, 2020 / 9:32 pm

      Thank you! 💜
      You know, I think you should take up knitting 🤔 You did such a good job of darning those gloves, I’m sure you’d be just as good with a knitting needle… just a thought 😉

  17. January 21, 2020 / 3:28 pm

    This is so well done and very very Bowie with the colors! I think the Starman would be proud 🙂 I need to learn how to knit haha!

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 27, 2020 / 12:19 pm

      Ahh thank you! ❤️ I really love how it turned out! And yes, you defo need to learn to knit… I’ll warn you though, it’s addictive!

  18. January 22, 2020 / 3:05 pm

    I’m both a sewist and a knitter! Currently making Andrea Mowry’s Nurtured sweater using yarn from another sweater that I’d frogged. I’ll probably have to frog a hat too if I want enough yarn to finish it…hope this will be enough!

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 27, 2020 / 12:21 pm

      Ooh I’m not familiar with the ‘Nurtured’ pattern, I’ll have to go and check it out! I do like her patterns though, so it’ll probably be added to my (extreeeeeemely long) list once I’ve seen it 😂 I’m impressed that you frog stuff… I don’t think I’ve got the patience for that! But it does make me happy to think that an unloved sweater will get turned into something that will be loved ❤️

  19. January 26, 2020 / 11:14 am

    I share your thing about necklines, and tbh the neckline of this would bother me!!

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 27, 2020 / 12:39 pm

      Yeahhhhh, I mean, I don’t know what I can do now but it bothers me too! 🤷🏻‍♀️😩

  20. Bren Holmes
    February 2, 2020 / 9:27 am

    I’m knitting the James C Brett pattern JB 438. https://www.jamescbrett.co.uk/leaflet/jb438. It’s very plain, as I wanted something long that would knit up quickly, and I’m using the recommended yarn, James C Brett Marble Chunky. I can’t say that I’m impressed with the yarn; it splits easily and I found two knots while knitting the first front, so I’m unlikely to buy it again.

    • Sarah
      Author
      February 3, 2020 / 8:30 pm

      Ooh, I like the look of this! I’d like something similar to wear at home, I’ve added this to my Ravelry queue now! I had seen some longer length coat-igans that were beautiful and had an overwhelming amount of cables and textured stitches on them, but you know I’d be knitting it until next winter!!

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