Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Cherry Cardigan and Knitting Inspiration

As the weather gets colder and colder here, I'm rediscovering my love of knitting. I've started on the Cherry Cardi by Sasha Kagan, which I've wanted to knit for ages. It's supposed to be knit in Rowan Cashsoft 4ply, but as that yarn has been discontinued, I'm substituting Adorn Yarns Silky Cashmerino 4ply. I think it's actually nicer as it's 70% superfine merino, 20% silk and 10% cashmere.

The cardigan is a simple 2x2 rib, but it's quite a challenge increasing in ribbing while still keeping the rib pattern. I made it more difficult for myself by choosing to make the waist in the small and the rest of the cardigan in the medium size, so I'm having to increase a lot more. Hopefully it works!

Of course along the way I've found a whole lot of other cardigans and jumpers I want to knit! Most of them are by Susan Crawford from her Stitch in Time books, which are packed with original vintage patterns rewritten for today's knitter (multiple sizes, modern yarns, etc). A Stitch in Time: Vintage Knitting and Crochet Patterns 1920-1949 Volume 1 contains 59 patterns, which seems like value for money!

These are a few of my personal favourites. Blue Bird (from 1945) has a lovely lattice pattern and slight puff sleeves.

The Blackberry Cardigan (from 1947) is wonderful - I love the deep v-neck and those hilarious bobbles all over it.

Jersey with a Soft Bow is knit up in fine silk, it's so prissy and librarian-ish.

Sun-Ray Ribbing looks amazing and quite easy too, I love it in bright red.

I also rather like Such Flattering Puff Sleeves, although being rather large of shoulder, it might make me look a bit like a linebacker.

Volume Two has a whopping 80 patterns from 1930 - 1959, and is available as a PDF to download. 

Again, my favourites. Dinah's Lacey Jumper is so cute, especially the little button at the neck. I'd love to make it in pale pink or black.

The Tri-Cable Stitch Jumper is actually a cardigan, and looks so very warm and cosy. I particularly like the colour it's shown in here.

The promisingly-named Quick Work in Thick Wool is knit up in 10ply and looks fun and easy, although I'd be tempted to make it in a size smaller to get that negative ease I love so much.

Susan Crawford also has two other books, Vintage Gifts to Knit and Coronation Knits, both of which contain patterns inspired by the 40s and 50s.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Spotlight haul

I got a voucher in the mail the other day for Spotlight - spend $100 and get $40 off. I couldn't resist, as I'm always nipping up there for this and that. I got a French curve, which I've been wanting for ages, 2 packets of glass-headed pins, a zipper, dye, black twill tape, thread and a bobbin case. I already had a bobbin case but it's pretty hopeless, the bobbins just get tangled up and unspool themselves all the time. This one has a foam insert, so the bobbins squish into the little slots and can't move.

The fabric in the background is 8m of denim-blue corduroy, which was on sale for $6 a metre. I'm going to make a slip cover for my sofa, which is a horrible squishy beige leather one. It's like a beige lump in the middle of the sitting room.

The dye is for this cardigan, which I bought on sale from Dangerfield. I already had a pink one, so I bought a second one so I could dye it red. Hopefully it will work! I haven't dyed anything since I was a teenager.

The cherry fabric is to make an apron for my niece's 15th birthday. Last time I spoke to her she was really into baking, so hopefully she will like it. It will be a bib apron with a frill at the bottom and a little pocket, quite simple. I'll do a post about it and hopefully I can make a downloadable pattern too!