Kindred Spirits

This first post of this new month is… a knitting one!

That’s right folks – I’m a knitter as well as a sewist, if you didn’t know. I’ve been meaning for a while to bring knitting to my little corner of the interwebs, but its only been recently – really recently – that I’ve actually got back into it. Knitting takes SO. MUCH. LONGER. than sewing, but y’know what? I actually don’t mind that. The motion of knitting is kinda therapeutic, and I love that I can curl up on the sofa with a doggo and a blanket and enjoy a few hours relaxing and creating with nothing more than yarn and needles.

I could knit waaaay before I could sew. The jumpers and things that I’ve knitted in the past have (mostly) only been mildly successful, for the same reasons that my first sewing projects weren’t that great – wrong colours, wrong styles. Cheap yarns as well. Horrible, plastic-y acrylic yarns. ?

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I’m definitely a winter person more than a summer person, and this probably goes some way to fuel my love for knitting cosy sweaters, hats and scarves (and socks, too, when I actually get around to knitting my first pair). The idea of a summer holiday – especially a beach holiday – gives me the shudders. But get me a cottage in remote Scotland/Finland/Norway/other cold country during the winter, with a log fire, and I’m happier than a seagull with a stolen chip.

I remember being at high school – about 13-14 years old maybe – and wanting to knit myself a scarf. This required help from a grown-up who knew what they were doing – cue Mother. My mum was a knitter, and when I was younger she used to knit me the most amazeballs intarsia jumpers – my clearest memory is of a sky blue jumper with The Snowman on it (something I’ll still watch now at Christmas, if I manage to catch it).

I don’t remember everything she helped me to knit, but I know it almost always required her to cast on for me. It wasn’t until much later that I actually managed to do that myself – along with increases, decreases and cables. I’ve never quite managed to get the hang of intarsia knitting myself (yet – this is gonna change in 2019 though, fo sho), but she did lay the foundations for my not-too-shabby knitting skills.

It’s been a bit hit and miss over the years with my knitting, while I figured out my personal style. My two most successful projects are a cardigan I made for the husbeast (which I may actually do a blog post about one day) and a sweater I made for myself with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter yarn – it was god damn expensive but the finished item is literally my favourite sweater and I would buy more of the yarn in a heartbeat. I’ve recently bought some of their Peerie and Arbor yarns to make a hat and gloves set, but no more Shelter has come into my hands – yet. I’m working on that.

The favourite sweater is the Peabody by Leila Raabe:

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The dog also got treated to a knitted-square-blanket for the winter a few years back (that she chewed a hole in) which has since been gifted to the cat, and my favourite winter hat is made with yarn I picked up in South Korea from the Dongdaemun mega-market, which I’m sure a few of you will have visited/heard of. If you haven’t, in a nutshell, it’s described as ‘about 26 malls, 30,000 stores and 50,000 manufacturers, all spread over 10 city blocks. The area is open for 18-½ hours a day from 10:30 am to 5:00 am’. I kid you not.

Every year, as summer tails off, I start to look at my Ravelry favourites list and realise that unless I plan to quit my job and figure out how to make money out of thin air (or indeed from knitting), I’m never gonna make everything I would like. I don’t even think I’ll ever make 10% of what I’ve bookmarked. Most years, my procrastination around which should be the single lucky design to be knitted means I end up knitting nothing.

Well, NOT ANY MORE. I am getting my flabby ass in gear. By sitting on it. And knitting. This year, I’ve put some knitted things in my Make Nine, so that they don’t get forgotten (full deets here, if you missed that post).

Here’s just a small portion of the Ravelry faves:

(Yes, there’s a lot of shawls – I was trying to find a pattern for me. You’ll have to wait to find out which one of these got chosen!)

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This year marks the start of change, though. There will be more knitting. I promise. For starters, I’ve actually made the hats you see here. AND, since these I’ve also made matching gloves. And I’ve so nearly finished a shawl for the husband. (Let’s ignore the fact that it might be ever-so-slightly too warm to actually wear a scarf now, but I STILL MADE IT). And the queue of sweaters to knit is slowly – but surely – growing. Which I’m excited about.

So – these hats!

I stumbled across designer Carina Spencer through Sew Liberated’s Instagram, and immediately fell in love with her new design – the Kindred hat and mitts.

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I bought the pattern for both the hat and the mitts, as the husbeast was grumbling he’d been wearing the same knitted hat for several years now (that I’d knitted him previously) and that he couldn’t use his phone with his gloves on ?

The hat in question, which he was whinging about, is the Cambridge Watchcap:

(which I personally don’t think is too shabby, even after all these years ??‍♀️)

So now that we had the hat pattern, then came the not-so-small task of choosing the yarn.

Just as I spend hours poring over fabric, the same applies to yarn. Yarn is really hard to buy online, because the colours and textures vary SO MUCH MORE on the screen vs IRL than with fabric (and of course, there’s the all important itchiness factor). With variegated yarn, I find it really hard to translate what the hank looks like to what the knitted fabric looks like – there’s been many a hank I’ve looked at a photo of and liked the mix of colours, but when I’ve searched for images of finished garments, I hate it because it looks muddy. Then there’s the addtional dramas of: does it stripe? How do the colours pool on smaller items vs larger, eg socks vs a sweater?

I tend to Google image the yarn to see photos from all different sources in different lighting, just to try to get an idea of the actual colour. If I’m happy with that, then I’ll go onto Ravelry to look at finished projects using that yarn, to see if it passes THAT test. If it does, I may buy ?

You’ll probably be surprised to hear it, but yarn shops in London are very few and far between. And my criteria for a ‘yarn shop’ is NOT John Lewis (it’s a department store, for those of you not in the UK, and pretty much all they sell is Rowan yarn ?). So for any real amount of choice, especially with independent yarn brands/dyers, you’re forced to buy online.

The Kindred hats use aran weight yarn, with Malabrigo Chunky and Malabrigo Twist being the recommended ranges. I couldn’t find Twist for sale in the UK – apart from a few sites that just stocked a handful of colours – so began looking at Malabrigo’s other aran yarns and discovered Rios, which was much more widely available.

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I’ve previously used Deramores (who still have a really good range or yarns at good prices) but they didn’t have the Malabrigo yarn that this pattern called for. I literally couldn’t find a single stockist in London that I could go to in real-life and look at colours. A quick google search threw up Love Knitting, an online store who I know I’ve bought from many years ago because I have a pen that must have been included with an order that has their company details on it. Amazingly, that pen actually still works… not sure what kind of ink they are using in it but it must be at least ten years old ?

I spent a fair while browsing the shades I liked on the Love Knitting website, and then did the delving in google images and Ravelry. As much as I was drawn to the pinks and purples, I just can’t have that in a winter hat because it’s gonna blend in with my hair ? So what do you do when you can’t have your favourite colours, and your second choice would have been red but you’ve already made two red hats so can’t really make any more? I went with the next best autumn colour – orange. But as this hat is a striped pattern, I needed another colour to go with it… Couldn’t have black, because then it would just look like a Halloween hat – NOT the look I was after. Red? Maybe, though quite similar to orange, and see previous comment re red hats. Reallllly dark purple? Yah, that could work… added to basket.

For the husband (whose current hat is ALSO red ??‍♀️?), I chose some muted, earthy colours. A slate grey for the brim, and then a lighter variegated shade of purples and greens.

The exact yarns I chose were:

My hat: Malabrigo Worsted ‘Red Mahogany’ (610) and Rios in ‘Volcan’ (227)

The husbeasts hat: Malabrigo Worsted ‘Black Forest’ (179) and Rios ‘Illusion’ (842)

I was properly impressed with the delivery from Love Knitting. My order qualified for free delivery – I ordered on the Saturday and it came on the Monday. It defo brightened up the start of my week. I was especially happy with the real-life shades of the husbeasts – mine… not so much. The purple and the orange were… okay…. but I didn’t feel they gelled as well as the husbands combo did. I think the reasons were:

  • Because the purple is unexpectedly variegated (and I’ve therefore ended up with two variegated colours, rather than the main colour being more of a solid like in the husbeasts hat)
  • There’s some REALLY orange bits in the orange. Like You’ve-Been-Tangoed orange. I was expecting more of a muted, autumnal orange rather than ‘tangerine dream’.

I guess that’s the disadvantage of buying online ?

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In my world, you can never have enough knitted items, and when you’re flying somewhere or going on holiday – such as we were heading to NYC last October – that equals some prime knitting time for me. I can’t take my sewing machine with me, so the oh-so-portable knitting gets it’s moment. I’ve knitted sweaters in the Peak District, the aforementioned Peabody sweater in Slovenia, and a baby blanket on a previous flight to NYC ✈️

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I was a little bit edgy about getting my pouch of knitting supplies through security, despite reading online that you can indeed take a sewing needle, knitting needles and scissors with blades under 5cm. I deliberately packed an old pair of scissors so that if they got a bit arsey, they could just take them and I wouldn’t be sad about losing them – but it turns out no one bat an eyelid and we got through without drama. Which is just as well because if they’d tried to take my beloved needles off me there would have been much drama.

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(In case anyone is curious – I use Knitpro Symfonie wooden interchangeable needles, and they are AMAZEBALLS. I’d never go back to metal or bamboo.)

I cast on the hats while sitting on my flight from Gatwick to JFK – when I instantly realised that in my rush not to forget to actually pack the yarn, I’d forgotten to wind it into a ball. Thankfully, the Handsome Husbeast volunteered his arms so that I could wind the yarn. It was for his hat after all – so no winding = no hat ??‍♀️

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I continued the hat throughout the flight – in between watching Mary Poppins (SUCH a classic amirite?! They’re doing show on London’s West End which I’ve got tickets for later on in the year and I am SUPER EXCITED ??????) and counting down the minutes until I could be on solid ground again and making my way to Mood Fabrics.

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Needle size, I went for 4.5 and 5.5mm rather than the recommended 5.5mm and 6mm – I’m quite a loose knitter so I usually have to size down. (This, I think, is due to what is apparently/maybe my absolutely shocking knitting technique). Just as I like to live dangerously and not make dressmaking toiles, I also don’t swatch ? Sometimes I use the recommended yarn, sometimes I substitute it for something else… but as I’m too lazy to swatch with substituted yarn I usually just save myself the time and buy the wool they say – because at least I know my gauge will be close-ish ? I will admit that I don’t even check tension with the wool they recommend, I tend to just go down a needle size and dive straight in ?? (this may *may* change in the future if I start investing more time and effort into knitted garments!).

I did 1×1 rib for the brim of the hat rather than ‘twisted rib’, because by that time I was in the air and didn’t have wi-fi to confirm the correct method for twisted rib… but it worked out fine.

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Overall the pattern was easy to follow once you got into it, though I did have a couple of instances where I had one more or one less stitch than I should have ??‍♀️? annnnd it took me a couple of rows to figure out that I had to wrap the yarns at the changeover point to avoid gaping holes. It all slowly came back to me… it had been a LONG while since I knitted anything so I think I’d forgotten all those little read-between-the lines things. I’m pleased to report I seem to be back to usual service now, but note to self : COUNT PROPERLY. DOUBLE CHECK. TRIPLE CHECK.

The hats were fun to knit, and an enjoyable project to ease me back into that wonderful world of yarn and needles that I realise I’ve missed so much.

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I didn’t block the hats… I figured that there’s no need because it stretches when you put it on your head ??‍♀️ (fully anticipating to be shot down by experienced knitters here as I’m sure there probably is a reason for blocking hats that I haven’t quite discovered yet). I found that when you wear the hat in the rain it kind of blocks itself anyway?! ?

I’m pleased with my hat, and I do wear it a lot, but I’m not totally in love with the colours. The purple and the orange together from a distance look kind of brown ? I love the husbeasts and think that his looks fabulous, but mine – meh. The colours don’t really coordinate with my hair, which believe me guys when you have hair like mine this most definitely becomes a factor #TheStruggleIsReal. The hats have fuzzed up quite a bit with use, but I guess that’s to be expected so I’m not too hung up on that. It redeems itself by being super soft though, which is perfect for the husbeast as he’s sensitive to itchy wools.

There’s a chance I might become slightly (very) addicted to knitting hats – I wear them for probably six months of the year (in various thicknesses depending on the weather), so I get good use out of them ? The next hat patterns I’m eyeballing are the Quinn Beanie by Woolture:

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And the Bray Cap by Jared Flood:

(which just so happens to be knit in the very same wool as my favourite sweater that I mentioned earlier ?)

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Just because you know it *has* to be done – here’s the obligatory matchy-matchy photo (with me telling the husbeast to ‘SMILE!’ so naturally he’s pulling the most miserable face possible ?)

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How many of you lovely readers are knitters as well as sewists? Do you find that your current craft varies depending on the time of year – as in knitting in the winter and sewing in the summer – or is it a free-for-all all year round?!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this yarn-based post ? next week we’re back to sewing! ?

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  1. Angela Dent
    March 3, 2019 / 8:48 am

    I love this post on knitting. I was a knitter way before becoming a sewist. I knit every day and find it extremely relaxing. You can get into a rhythm and loose yourself. I love sewing and it is totally engrossing but in a different way to knitting. I look forward to your knitting adventures. I also went down the rabbit hole of spinning which is equally relaxing!

    • Sarah
      March 5, 2019 / 6:02 pm

      Ah thanks Angela! So glad you enjoyed the post ? it seems a lot of us were knitters first! Knitting IS relaxing, isn’t it! I love curling up with it. It’s such a simple (ish) process, just using yarn and needles, but it can create beautiful garments. I saw a lady spinning at the weekend, it looked fabulous though I’m pretty sure I don’t have time for another hobby ??

  2. March 3, 2019 / 10:11 am

    I’ve always been a knitter, I can’t remember not knitting. My mum knitted and sewed and I’ve followed her. I took needlework and dressmaking at gce at o level and its stood me in good stead. Sadly my daughter hasn’t followed suit even thought we bought her a sewing machine as a wedding press. My son does knit occasionally, so not an altogether fail! My grandchildren are my next ones to teach and hopefully they will get the sewing and knitting bug!

    • Sarah
      March 5, 2019 / 6:05 pm

      That’s fab that your son knits! Aaron has made a hat – quite successfully – but I’m not sure I’ll convince him to progress to full on jumpers ? I wish sewing was an option for me at high school, the closest we had was ‘textiles’ and it wasn’t exciting at all. It’s so good that you’re passing your skills on down through the generations ???

  3. Kat
    March 3, 2019 / 10:32 am

    I can knit but not very good (sad face). It took me absolutely years to learn how to cast on and I can manage the garter stitch but that’s your lot. My friend is awesome and can knock up a hat in a few hours and I’m muchly jealous of her! I have tried to learn but just cannot do it. So I have lots of squares that I’m going to put together to make a (sort of) patchwork knitted blanket. I’ll stick to sewing 🙂

    • Sarah
      March 5, 2019 / 6:06 pm

      Awww Kat, maybe you just need to keep practicing! Though saying that, I can’t crochet, and no matter how much practice I got I don’t reckon I’d ever be very good ? Don’t underestimate the awesomeness of a patchwork blanket though – those are the best! ?

  4. Fiona in Aberdeen
    March 3, 2019 / 10:49 am

    Those hats are beautiful. Great design, a bit matchy-matchy but not too obviously! Yep, I knit a bit, and sew a bit less, but my house is filled with random lengths of fabrics & spontaneously purchased yarns, maybe maybe 2019 will be the year I finally get into regular creative habits. Love Ravelry!
    Speaking of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, my sister knitted a full king-sized bed blanket as a wedding present for a (very) good friend of hers from that yarn. It was such a massive project she had spreadsheets to ensure that it was finished, washed, blocked, dried & posted to San Diego by November of that year – she started it in the April. It had a name (Wool Wheaten) and its very own blog, so that she could share about it when finished, after having had to keep it a secret for all those months! (She also knits fancy jumpers for me – I think she must like me almost as much as her friend!)

    • Sarah
      March 5, 2019 / 6:13 pm

      Thanks Fiona! I might try mine in a different colourway at some point – love the design of the hat but not sure of the muddy colour combo. Ravelry is such a time suck for me… I can waste hours on their browsing patterns I don’t have (and won’t ever have!) time to make ?
      Ohhh a bed blanket from that yarn would be EPIC. In cost, and in beauty! Im gonna go check out Wool Wheaten ? you’re super lucky to have someone that knits for you! My mum used to knit for me and I never used to truly appreciate the work that went into it until I learned to knit myself! ?

  5. Denise
    March 3, 2019 / 11:02 am

    I’m a knitter too. I’m a much better knitter than sewer, but not an expert. My Nan taught me when I was a girl, though I think I drove her to distraction with my early attempts when every row had a different number of stitches on it! I have just finished knitting a jacket for my daughter’s boyfriend. It is a James c Brett pattern, (JB277). I made myself one first then two for my daughter. Her boyfriend liked it so much he asked for one too. It’s a pattern your Husbeast might like too.

    I look forward to your posts every week. Thanks for sharing your creations.

    • Sarah
      March 5, 2019 / 6:16 pm

      Ahh thanks Denise! I’m so glad that you enjoy the blog ?
      Haha you sound like me – I would start out with say, 40 stitches, and then have 43 one row and 38 a couple of inches down the line (usually with some random holes too, where I’d dropped some ?)
      Thanks for the knitting pattern tip – it’s a beautiful jacket! Looks super cosy for the cold weather ?

  6. March 3, 2019 / 12:00 pm

    These hats are great ? I’m so in awe of knitters! I just can’t get to grips with it ?
    That mega market sounds amazing!
    You’ll love Mary Poppins ?? (when it was last on in the west end, one of my old friends from theatre school was playing Bert! ??)

    • Sarah
      March 6, 2019 / 5:53 pm

      Haha… you can learn! For sure! Honestly, it’s worth going to Seoul JUST to experience that market. It’s epic. I’m soooo excited for Mary Poppins… and that’s super cool your friend played Bert! That’s the best role! ??

  7. Bren Holmes
    March 3, 2019 / 12:36 pm

    I’m a knitter, too, but haven’t done much for the past few years. I did lots of knitting in front of the log burner when I lived in France, but seem to have lost the habit since being back in the UK. I must dig out my knitting bag and see what lurks in there.

    • Sarah
      March 6, 2019 / 5:54 pm

      Oooh Bren that log burner sounds super cosy ? Yes! Get that knitting bag out! And then treat yourself to some lovely new yarn ?

  8. Lodi
    March 3, 2019 / 1:53 pm

    I recently took a sock Knitting class and the teacher blocked her socks in the microwave. It worked! I’m imagining that it would work with hats too?

    • Sarah
      March 6, 2019 / 5:55 pm

      Woah… in the microwave?! ? I’d be too scared it would catch fire or something ?? that’s insane!

  9. Tania
    March 3, 2019 / 2:00 pm

    I love these hats! Another pattern to add to my own ever-increasing Ravelry queue.? I usually sew during one day at the weekend then knit in the evenings during the week. Sock knitting is totally addictive once you’ve got your head round how socks come together; you’ll love it.

    • Sarah
      March 6, 2019 / 5:57 pm

      Ahh thanks Tania! It’s a beautiful pattern. There’s matching mitts, too! I do think I’m gonna get addicted to sock knitting – I love knitting, and I love socks… so it’s win/win for me!!

  10. Samantha
    March 3, 2019 / 6:56 pm

    Hi Sarah, thanks for adding the link for the needles, I have been eyeing those wooden needles for ages but just never took the plunge, but am considering buying a set after reading your review. I also love knitting on long trips, you just seem to get so much done and the time seems to go quicker to me! Looking forward to seeing the shawl you have chosen and really pleased to see the knitting post here on wanderstitch!

    • Sarah
      March 6, 2019 / 6:02 pm

      Aha, you’re welcome Samantha! The needles really are fabulous, I don’t have a bad word to say about them. The husbeast bought me the starter set a few years back for my birthday and I’ve slowly been expanding with the other sizes and DPNs.
      So glad to hear you enjoyed the knitting post, there will be more to come for sure! ?

  11. Sam
    March 4, 2019 / 1:42 pm

    Lovely hats, both them. I knit & crochet as well as sew & while I sew a lot more than the other 2 it was knitting I learnt first, taught to me by my grandma. Since finding Ravelry & YouTube I’m amazed how many different ways there are to cast on & off, I thought it was just the one way she taught me. I’ve currently got a cowl neck jumper that I’m sulking with as the instructions aren’t clear enough to get the pattern to match with the rest of the jumper – I’b better get a move on or it will be too late to wear it. If you haven’t tried socks yet, I recommend doing them on a small (9″) circular needle & maybe DK weight just to get the hang of them, I used a free pattern & they knitted up pretty quickly.

    • Sarah
      March 6, 2019 / 6:05 pm

      Thanks Sam! ? I never managed to get the hang of crochet ? like, I could do it, but the tension/gauge was always all over the place ??‍♀️??‍♀️ Me too on the casting off!! When my mum taught me, there was never this wealth of information available online that we have now. A lot of times for a new project, I have to research at least one stitch/technique ?
      Oooh what a beautiful sock pattern – thank you! Gonna be adding that to the list ?? I often see that people do like a ‘12 months of socks’ thing where they knit one pair a month… I’d love to do it but not sure I have the time to commit to that just yet ??

  12. March 4, 2019 / 11:15 pm

    I’ve made the Bray cap and can definitely recommend it! It’s a pretty simple pattern but looks very nice, and I like the cable combined with the lace sections!

    • Sarah
      March 6, 2019 / 6:06 pm

      Aha! Fabulous! I shall take this as the green light to go ahead and make it then ?? did you use the recommended yarn?

  13. March 5, 2019 / 2:12 am

    These are beautiful, Looks like you got back into it pretty easily. I too love both knitting and sewing (and crochet too when the mood takes me). For me its not so much a season thing – more a time of day thing. Sewing is something that I do during the day and on weekends. Knitting is generally done in the evenings where I just want to sit down in front of the TV but there’s nothing on that really needs to be concentrated on I pick up the knitting needles. Also good for watching kids baseball games and as you say – when travelling and don’t have access to a sewing machine.

    • Sarah
      March 6, 2019 / 6:08 pm

      Thanks Jenny! ? it’s kind of like riding a bike… you never forget ??‍♀️? (although it seems you can forget how to count properly ?) yes I love just sitting there knitting away… I need to make more of an effort to do it rather than sitting there mindlessly scrolling on my phone ??‍♀️ I’m quite happy to knit during the summer but sometimes it does get a bit sweaty sitting there with a scarf on your lap ??

  14. March 6, 2019 / 7:35 pm

    Socks are good for knitting in the summer. Small so they aren’t too bad at heating you up.

    • Sarah
      March 13, 2019 / 3:02 pm

      Ah, yes! I’m thinking that maybe I need to start planning out my projects so that I’m knitting the right things at the right time of year… ?

  15. March 6, 2019 / 7:39 pm

    What a cool hat pattern! I’m sorry you are disappointed with yours, but honestly, it never would have occured to me to combine the softer purple with bright orange, and it’s very unexpected and interesting!
    Until recently, I’ve only considered myself a crocheter. I even crocheted my wedding dress. But all the most interesting patterns are for knitting, so I have been trying to teach myself to knit for the past dozen or so years… with marginal success. Hats have always turned out decently for me, but the few sweaters I’ve attempted looked like misshapen, butchered muppet carcasses… yarns were frogged and either crocheted into something else, or given over to my husband, who is a brilliant knitter. (Maybe there is only room for one great knitter per household?). I’m not giving up though!

    • Sarah
      March 13, 2019 / 3:05 pm

      Ah thanks Kristin! It is a very cool hat pattern, and I will definitely knit it again (but perhaps in a different colour combo next time!)
      You crocheted a wedding dress?! No way! ? That’s insane! Keep going with the knitting, I promise that we all started out with absolute disasters ? Absolutely don’t give up, you’ll get there – and I’m sure your husband will help you out if you get stuck ?? And on that note, tell me more about your husband’s knits – how did he learn? I taught the husbeast to knit a hat with reasonable success, I think it’s great to see more male knitters! ??

  16. March 18, 2019 / 1:29 pm

    Epically slow response to this blog post (my list of links to read is growing ever longer ?). Anyway I wanted to reply with three rambling comments:

    1) My Mum’s online crochet group stopped using Deramores due to some drama I can’t remember, but they all swear by Wool Warehouse, which is run by a lovely team of ladies and is fast at shipping (plus they ship worldwide, important for international folk looking for a specific dye lot!).

    2) Your Ravelry list looks like my sewing list, and the pain is real. Haha. I also have the “OMG what do I make next??? I can’t decide, let’s watch Netflix instead.” (And then I can’t decide what to watch on Netflix, for the same reason ?)

    3) I’m not a huge knitter. I *can* knit, and I learnt to do that before sewing, but I don’t find it enjoyable. When I do get the urge I usually start something then a few weeks later run out of steam and pass it to my Mum to finish. Which irritates her because she has her own epic list of makes to work through! I think if I felt confident making jumpers I’d like knitting more (and also if doing that only took 10 hours so I don’t get bored!). Like you and the husband though, I suffer The Curse of Itchy Yarn. How many times do you handle something, think it’s soft, only to discover half an hour after putting it on that your body does not agree. Life is too short to wear itchy clothes.

    • Sarah
      March 19, 2019 / 6:11 pm

      Haha, I know the feeling, my list of blogs to read is almost as long as my sewing and knitting lists ????‍♀️
      Ooh, I wonder what happened with Deramores ? I used Wool Warehouse for the first time just recently! They delivered the goods on time as promised, so I’ll be using them again ??
      I’m *SO* glad it’s not just me that can’t decide what to make ? I’ve decided to try and stop doing that with the knitting, and get my ass in gear and just KNIT STUFF.
      Agree that knitting can be proper long, which I kind of try to balance out by not knitting anything thinner than DK. Ain’t nobody got time to knit a whole jumper on 3mm needles ? My current WIP is 9mm so it knits up super fast – the next project is DK so that’s gonna take a bit longer ?
      I’m defo with you on the itchy yarn – usually I try and put the yarn to my neck and/or the inside of my arm to get a feel of it, but sometimes the itchy ones sneak through ? When it’s really cold in the winter, I can usually be found wearing a long sleeved tee under a jumper, so sometimes the itchyness doesn’t matter, but I’ve just bought a pattern for a ‘summer’ jumper (as in, like a short sleeved affair) which the yarn is going to be very much scrutinised before buying – no WAY do I want that to be itchy!

  17. Spela
    March 8, 2020 / 12:36 am

    Hi Sarah!
    So glad to have found your post on knitting Brooklyn Tweed patterns. I’m also starting a Peabody pattern in a lovely dark green tweed yarn, but have found many issues with not understanding the instructions… I’m used to patterns that follow numbered rounds, not just a general explanation.
    Therefore, I turn to you with a humble question regarding the body of the pattern: How did you follow the increase/decrease rounds, when working the body from the ribbed hem on? Do you start with the increase, followed by the decrease and so on, or do you first increase until round 36, and then start the decreases, until you reach armholes and division between front and back?

    I’ll bee very happy to receive your reply! And greetings from Slovenia, btw 🙂


    • Sarah
      March 10, 2020 / 12:19 pm

      Hi Spela!

      Greetings from London! 💜 I’m so glad you’ve found the blog, and how exciting that you’re knitting the Peabody! It’s such a lovely pattern. I bet it will look lovely in dark green.
      I actually changed a lot of the increases, as I have quite big hips so I had to start with a larger size at the ribbed hem, and come in a bit at the waist. From memory, what I did was identify the pattern size of my hips and my body, and cast on the required number of stitches for the hem size. I then decreased – within the hem band – to get down to the ‘body’ size from the waist up. From the start of the body (the ribbed hem, onwards) you have to work the decrease round a total of four times, and after that you work the increase round for the specified number of times. This creates some waist shaping – you are decreasing from the bottom up to the waist, and then increasing from the waist up to the armholes. It gives you a very slight ‘hourglass’ shape to the sweater.
      I hope that makes sense?! Please let me know! Happy knitting 🧶

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