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I made a dog jumper! Look how cute it is:
Oh wait, that's Tarragon. I used him as a fit model while I was knitting it. It turns out that he and George are similar sizes which might come in handy for future dog jumpers:
I used this Drops Designs pattern. Those patterns used to scare me, because they are designed for knitters who have some idea what they are doing - the instructions are relatively brief, and this had three charts, but it was actually a straightforward knit.
I'm really happy with it. The yarn, which I scored a couple of weeks ago as part of Kris' destash, is perfect. The other thing is, I haven't knit cables for a while, so it was fun to be back at it. when I looked at ravelry to see how long it had been, I discovered that I haven't knit on needles bigger than 3.5mm all last year.
Ah Wednesday, you come around so fast. I feel like every Unravelled and Yarnalong since I finished The Dress, I’ve said ‘I’ve just finished something small, and I’m about to start something else small, but I’ve been working on my Blankie”, and this week was almost like that. I’ve almost finished a pair of baby booties, which I will photograph properly and talk about on Thursday for Once Upon a Sock.
I was going to knit something small next, because I really didn’t have any major knitting plans (except the blanket, the endless blanket) BUT.
Sonia of Richmond Knitters fame is knitting a Soldotna Crop to wear to Bendigo. At least two of the other knitters are as well. I was joking that I would knit one, but I don’t have the yarn. Sonia decided she wouldn’t let that stop me, and said she would find some yarn for me in her stash. At this point I thought we were joking, but no. On the weekend I got a text from her with some stunning yarn selections. I didn’t go to Knit Night this Monday (I…
If you want to knot more about my sOctober plans, come back on Thursday, where I will fully expand on them for once Upon a Sock.
In reading this week I finished Still Come Home by Katey Schultz.
It was a NetGalley review book, and as mentioned last week I was feeling a bit of trepidation, because I've had a bad run of review books. Well, this was fantastic. It was an modern American army book, but the story was told carefully and I really liked all the characters. The various points of view added depth and nuance to the book. It was definitely a winner. My full review can be found on Goodreads here.
Then I startedForever is the Worst Long Time and that's all I have…
Kate Davies is one of my very favourite designers. I have knit about 40 of her pattern over the years, and I generally like the way she writes her patterns. But sometimes she annoys the crap out of me.
I'm putting the button band of Kildalton and once again, I have to work out the ratios for myself because the pattern just gives a number, and I cropped it. As I ranted last time, just giving a number makes everything more difficult than giving a ratio. Also, there is no selve-edge stitch, and the cable goes right up to the edge, which means that the stitches are picked up from a wavy edge. I thought that was odd while I was doing the knitting, but made the mistake of trusting the pattern.
All of that said, look how pretty those cables are. It's going to be a fabulous addition to my wardrobe - once I finish the button band and sleeves, so a little while to go yet, but putting aside my rant, it is a very enjoyable knit, and a well written pattern.