The Winter of the Jumper*

Given that the last few garments i’ve knitted have been more jacket-y/outerwear-y type things – see my origami bolero, my kid silk haze wrap/cardigan (which I’ve been meaning to post about!!), my one button jacket and my cherish bolero – I have decided that, given i have a lot of sewn coats as well, what i really want to make this winter are JUMPERS! nice, warm, snuggly jumpers that actually fit, are long enough, have nice neck lines, in gorgeous fibre that i LOVE.

So, with this in mind, I have bought the yarn to make Fay and Prudence by Kim Hargreaves.

For Fay I’ve chosen a beautiful purple (called Damson) in the most luscious Pear Tree Superfine Merino 4ply. huzzah for work discounts. It is almost cashmere like this yarn! I’m REALLY hoping my boss continues to stock it as it’s just wonderful. I like Fay because of the interesting stitch pattern, the little button details and the scoop neck – very flattering on my shape!

For Prudence I’ve gone my signature teal, ordering a darkish shade in Blue Sky Alpaca and Silk. NOM NOM NOM. This pattern was originally designed for bamboo soft – a gorgeous yarn to look at and touch, but by all accounts a BITCH to knit with and it drops so drastically that it can grow up to 3 or 4 sizes! I got the idea of substituting alpaca silk from the lovely mooncalf at make do and mend, who has very similar tastes to me :). In theory it should work, since the alpaca will have drape (though without the ‘growth’ of the bamboo) and the silk will have shine :). Prudence has a great boatneck (the kind that actually suits since it really shows off my collarbones) and is nice and drapey for days when i want a more comfy look. also lookit the adorable sleeves!

I also already have the yarn for this intarsia pullover from Jo Sharp. I’ve loved this since i bought the book since it’s such a challenging, old fashioned form of knitting (and birds are so in right now – pity it’s not owls lol) BUT, i would definitely have to scoop the neck a little more. I might even look at changing it to a v-neck. If I really decide it’s just not going to suit, I can always resell the yarn as a sort of ‘kit’ for the large size! Lol.

I also have 10 balls of Rowan Alpaca Cotton in black . I toyed with doing Emily in it, but i think i want to do that in either the original yarn, or something with a touch of silk in it and i’m pretty sure i want to do it in colour. Instead I like the idea of doing Thea in this, since it’s an outerwear type garment, which black always suits and the alpaca cotton should have a nice feel for this. hopefully it won’t drop too much!

I think that’s a good start for jumper and cardi plans (although I also have the yarn to do this just lying around waiting for me to learn stranded knitting – now accomplished), plus i’ve got a mountain of sock yarn to work through, some plans for some lace work, including working with some of my handspun, present knitting and of course far too many other things i want to get done! bah! can anyone say ‘high expectations’?

*A jumper in Australia is a sweater/pullover.


3 responses

  1. I’m exhausted just reading about all that!
    Lets hope the winter is harsh so you can stay indoors and knit your way through that amazing list.

  2. Cant wait to see all these FO, especially the Kim Hargreaves patterns. I love her books, and have most of them but I have never knitted anything from them..I think you’ve inspired me:)

    • As well as cherish, I’ve also knitted Calm from Heartfelt. And i realise now that i need better pictures of both of these once i recover them from storage! I love her patterns!

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