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My first cardigan *knitting pride*

1 May

It’s finally done. The last stitches have been cast off, the buttons sewn on, and the finished item pressed lovingly (and very carefully) with the iron.

The cardigan that I often blogged about and repeatedly apologised for not being finished is completed. Not only is it finished it has also been worn with great pride and, I like to think, with great style!

SHEER DELIGHT: one happy knitter and her new cardigan

 For those of you new to the story: Hi my name is Sheknitsandpurls and I am a recovering sleeve-phobic.

The story began when, filled with the confidence of having finished a non-scarf item that I would wear in public, I decided to bite the bullet and have a go at something with sleeves.

It resulted in a last-minute Christmas gift for my two-and-a-half year-old nephew.

I was pleased with how that went, so I then decided to go big and knit an adult-sized one for myself. And this is the result:

STRIKE A POSE: The finished item

I loved  knitting with this yarn. The skeins themselves looked lovely, and the colours that developed as I knitted made the whole project so exciting and unpredictable.

AND AGAIN: The back of my new cardigan

 The first pictures don’t do the colours justice, (I decided to take pictures on one of the gloomiest days of the year) here’s a better one:

TASTE THE RAINBOW: Forget Skittles, this cardigan's got all colours covered

The number of colours in this cardigan makes it a really versatile piece as it complements a wide range of outfits. I’m so pleased with it 🙂 not that you can tell or anything…

FINISHED PIECE: ready to be shown off to the world

 Ironically having worried about knitting, setting and sewing in the sleeves I found doing that one of the easier parts.

 The worst bit that made me want to throw the whole shooting match out of the window was picking up the stitches for the button band. Boy did I get mad at the number of times I had to frog that bloomin’ row. But as it’s done now I’m starting to get over it. Just about.

So yes, that’s me. My sleeve-phobia is cured (huzzah) and my first cardigan is done. I know it’s nothing on the standard of some knitters, but I’m hoping from these baby steps, more fabulous knitted items are to come. BRING. IT. ON.


Knit happens

20 Apr

I cannot believe just how quickly time is flying over. If it carries on at this rate it’ll soon be Christmas!

Although my knitting mojo is well and truly back, so are about eleventy billion other things. I’ve been thrown well and truly into the lion’s den at work now the new intake of students have started, I’ve celebrated five birthdays (one my own), Easter and all the family trappings that having a close-knit (pardon the pun) family brings.

Unfortunately it’s not all been fun though, I’ve also experienced a family bereavement which knocked the wind right out of my sails. 

What can I say? The last couple of months have been busy and unfortunately knitting had to slide down the list of priorities. But no more, the cardigan is one step closer to being finished *yay* and now all that’s left to do is attach the sleeves and sew on the, as yet unbought, buttons. Then I get to wear it – my favourite part!

Speaking of birthdays (all five of them), one present I did receive was knitted-related and was this gorgeous knitting bag:

Perfect birthday present: Vintage print knitting bag

I love the delicate vintage print, the spring colours and the wooden handle. It holds so much knitting too, which is always a bonus. Isn’t she a beaut?

Hope you have a productive knitting weekend. Cardigan sleeves, here I come! SKP x



Feel the fear and do it anyway

18 Feb

I absolutely adore the nipped-in look of forties and fifties-style tops, jumpers and cardigans. The women in the images look so glamorous *sigh*.


I’m a sucker for any knitting patterns that feature these elegant designs, and my knitting to-do list is getting ridiculously long. However I wouldn’t make any headway with said list if I didn’t overcome a knitting problem of mine. The fear of making sleeves.

 Ok, ok, stop laughing, I know it sounds absolutely absurd to be apprehensive about knitting sleeves, but a worry’s a worry. Then as I was flicking through my stash of individual patterns and books I decided the best way to overcome this was to face it head-on, and do it. Knit something with sleeves. Crikey.

My vintage-style knitted capelet, featured in the last post, was the first non hat/scarf/mitten pattern I’d taken on. It was the nearest thing to a cardigan, without the problem of having to house the arms separately.

At the Knitting and Stitching Exhibition I picked up, among other things, Wonderland, an adorable children’s knitting pattern book which features contemporary patterns for children.

One of the items that caught my eye was this jacket. I love a bit of military detailing in fashion, and this jacket was so out of the ordinary from the usual children’s knitting patterns I knew I just had to make it for my two and a half year-old nephew. Plus it would help in my sleeve therapy programme.

I must have been mad; I bought the pattern book on November 27th with a view to giving the jacket as part of his Christmas present. As I would only get to seem him on Boxing Day, that gave me just under a month to knit it, including two *gulp* sleeves, sew it together and present it to him. Yikes.

So here it is. Apologies for the poor quality of the pictures, it was taken on my phone just before I wrapped it up to be delivered to the little guy.

It's got sleeves! The finished item

It doesn’t look much in the pictures, but in the flesh, or wool if you prefer, it looks so lovely and professional.

What you can’t see in the picture is that there are two fawn elbow patches which match the shoulders. So cute.

I certainly got the seal of approval from the little fella, he jumped up and down on the spot at the sight of jumper peeking out of the wrapping paper, and after shooting his arms up to allow the jacket to fit over his clothes, he ran around to all the relatives who were over to show them what his aunty had made him. *knitting pride*

So did it help me overcome my sleeve phobia? Well, I’m mid-way through making an adult-sized cardigan for yours truly and have knitted the sleeves, I just need to position and then sew them in. So I’m obviously not that frightened of them anymore.

Do any readers have any knitting-related apprehension?  My motto? Feel the fear and do it anyway!