Knitting

Every one’s a winner, baby

Yippee!! The Heather Slope Rib Sweater is finished!! Astonishingly, given my history with this wool, I really like the finished product. I think that is a strong indication of just how good this pattern is. I’ve found over the years that it is very hard to come up with a version which falls short of perfection.

It’s plain to see that I decided not to add the buttons; I just didn’t think it needed them. Also, this way I can wear one of my pretty brooches at the throat, which brings us nicely to the neckline. The little picot edging isn’t the tidiest, but I’ve been very fond of it in previous versions and so I wanted to keep it, whilst making sure I didn’t restrict the opening. As a cardigan it’s okay to have quite a tight neck, but a jumper needs to go over my head.

I ended up with a few scraps of the wool which will be added to my leftovers box. I hand-washed the jumper after finishing it, drawing the conclusion that the wool retains a fairly rustic quality. I don’t mind a prickle or two, but very sensitive souls would probably want to wear a layer underneath this. The thing I particularly like about wools of this type (I’d say this is reasonably similar to Shetland wools) is that they are sturdy and long-wearing. I won’t be surprised if I’m still regularly wearing this jumper many years from now.

Just to recap the details:
PATTERN
Slope Rib Cardigan "Angle Poise" from Nancy Vale's "Knitwear No. 2" brochure
YARN
Woolyknit Purple Heather Mix British Wool Cone (1 x 500g + 1 x 125g)
NEEDLES
1 pair straight 3.25mm needles, 1 pair straight 4mm needles, 1 pair straight 3.75mm needles for the neck edging.

Since finishing this over the Easter weekend, I’ve worked sporadically on my socks, but I must admit I’ve felt a touch of post-completion lethargy. It is ever thus with projects, I find. Whilst I’d like to think that I’m going to finish the socks before I think about any other garments, I’m already pondering something a little more meaty. The question is: pink or blue, blue or pink? Either way, it’s going to be a 4-ply weight which will take plenty of time to knit.

Another weekend looms, with the promise next week of a few normal activities being resumed in England. The pub beside my flat suddenly sports a splendid marquee in its car park. It’s going to be interesting to get used to people using the pub again after almost a year of quiet. Personally, I’m looking forward to Jarrolds’ department store and Ryman’s office equipment opening – paper beats beer any day of the week.

5 thoughts on “Every one’s a winner, baby

  1. Congratulations on finishing the sweater. How very satisfying!
    I am looking forward to visiting our Rymans too, even though I could almost list the stock from memory.

    1. It will be a toss-up between Rymans and Jarrolds for me. Our indepdendent department store at one time had a large printing arm (they produced a lot of those slender photo guide books for cities and museums that you used to be able to buy back in the 1970s) and had a thriving office equipment department housed in its own building beside the main department store. Although the office equipent and printing arm has died, they still sell a decent variety of stationery and art materials in their satellite store, above and beyond the more decorative items in the main stationery department. However, Ryman are sometimes better for the utilitarian side of things.

    2. I do enjoy browsing round a department store. Here we have John Lewis and Fenwicks at Brent Cross. A trip to Selfridges or Harrods is a treat and can be dangerous on the wallet. In Windsor I enjoy Daniels, and discovered that they have quite a good selection of Lamy pens. Before the lockdown I treated myself to the Lamy Lx gold and a Lamy 2000 multipen.

    3. I’ve always been fond of Fenwicks, and I agree about Selfridges and Harrods, although Liberty is like the mother-ship to me when I visit London. I’d like to live in their Christmas department! One of my friends used to work in Bentalls in Kingston-Upon-Thames way back in the mists of time. Jarrolds are good for Lamy pens, as well as Cross, Waterman and Parker, and they have been a Montblanc stockist for a few years now. They used to have Visconti, Aurora and Delta, but those seem to have disappeared over time. I wish they were a bit more adventurous on the ink front, though.
      Funnily enough, both the Lamy pens I currently own were gifts to me – the rose gold LX from my daughter and the Aquamarine Studio from my sister and brother-in-law. I had a Safari which I’d bought myself, but I passed it on to someone a few years ago. Have you seen the recent crop of reviews of the Aion in the new dark green finish. It seems to be garnering a lot of praise.

    4. Yes, the dark green Lamy Aion looks appealing but I have not seen one in the flesh. I did once own a black one and liked it except for the fact that I could not hold it securely. I found the aluminium just too slippery and was constantly having to adjust my grip to line it up again. I gave it away in the end.

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