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Handmade for me

Each time I go to the knitting and stitching show at Ally Pally I end up buying some wool. I don’t know why, I can’t knit, I have no intention of learning, and as someone who is both left-handed and impatient I don’t think it’s a craft made for me. BUT I can’t resist a bargain, so when faced with a mountain of wool (no exaggeration) at cheap cheap prices, I’m unable to resist, and 2016 was no different. I picked up 10 100g balls of this wool for about £18, a Rowan classic “travel”pattern book (book number 22) for only £1. I was initially a bit worried about the colour, as when I bought it, it looked really mustard which is what I wanted but back home in the daylight it looked more green, however now it’s knitted up, I really love the colour. I think even in the photos, even though they were all taken on the same day, the colour looks really different in different light.

Promptly after my trip to Ally Pally I made a trip to see my nan to ask a HUGE favour – I had the wool and the pattern and could she, pretty please, knit me the jumper. She very kindly said yes, and so after hearing lots of things like “I can only knit a few rows at a time” “I need some daylight to sew it up neatly” “I have to really concentrate, it’s not a pattern to knit in front of the telly” I was given the most gorgeous jumper ever!

The first time I wore it out to work, a colleague of mine commented on how lovely it was, and when I said it was hand knitted she was really surprised – a compliment indeed! I’ve only had it a couple of weeks and it’s had lots and lots of wear. I’ve even washed it once (low temperature, quick wash, inside out, no spin), and it’s washed fairly well.

I’ll keep it short and sweet as I can’t tell you anything about the pattern, or how easy/hard it was or any of that, but I do really really love it. How lucky am I?! THANKS NANNY!


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