I’m on one of my semi-annual METAL phases and I love, love, love Royal Blood. I’ve listened to their self-titled début album 4 times since I bought it last week (possibly 5 times when this post is published).
Over the weekend I swatched for a new project; a summer-weight cardigan for my mum. Which she requested! I’m glad I was sitting down when she asked! I normally just say “Would you like me to knit you something?” and she’ll say yes or no, but a request is new!
I chose the Honeybee Cardigan by Laura Chau partly because I’ve owned the pattern for years, intending to make one for myself. I’ll be modifying it (obviously) by doing stocking stitch panels at the sides and adding pockets.
As you can see from the swatch I’m also doing the ribbing/welts in a contrast colour (both colours picked out by my mum).
The yarn is Patons UK 100% Cotton 4ply, a lovely mercerised cotton.
Although I love the finished object, I hate this yarn. There were at least 2 knots in every single ball, it’s pilled horrendously ever since it was first washed and it takes an absolute age to dry. Over all, really not happy, and I’d have been even more upset had I paid full price for it. Although I now know why it was on sale! (It’s since been discontinued).
Made lined pockets.
Well, my mum likes it, so I suppose that’s the main thing!
Re-wrapped cardigan is progressing nicely. The left half is now finished.
I worked the sleeve flat (rather than in the round) because I wanted to match my tension from the body, which was also worked in rows.
One rather nifty aspect of the pattern are the thumb slits which mean the cardigan has built-in wrist warmers, should you need them.
I had to go along in person because the things I wanted weren’t available to buy online. And, despite having checked stock levels online before I went, one of the items I wanted wasn’t available. I was told they’d have stock at the end of January. Luckily, there was an alternate colour available that could work with my existing stuff.
Before my “experience” I had finished the border for the 12 Days cross-stitch, and started on the boxes.
I just need to print out the symbols key and off I go on week one. Week 2 is released tomorrow!
Here’s progress on the Re-Wrapped cardigan
and measured against my favourite cardigan (Sesame – Rav link) to I know when to stop knitting!