… and I was being soooo organised.
Having seen the dreaded lurgy of last week out the door, I was all prepared to meet my newest grandchild tomorrow
The lovingly knitted annd crocheted bits and pieces were all boxed up this morning,
little pressies for my grandsons bought and wrapped this afternoon.
Oh, I tell you, I was positively glowing with virtuous, organised grandmotherliness …
and then I remembered that one particular, very special little cardigan lacked a certain something … like being blocked … or having buttons … or even, come to think of it, actually being sewn together.
and you can’t rush the sewing up [ well, I can’t ] because as sure as I try to do a rush job, I botch it up.
So, after several deep cleansing breaths, I put the current knitting/spinning aside, settled in, and sewed it up. Followed by the fastest wet blocking in the history of the world.
Now you have to bear in mind that a central Victorian Winter’s late afternoon/evening is not generally conducive to a natural drying session outside, so cut to some careful force-drying on top of the wood heater [ much to MissC’s disgruntlement as that’s her favourite winter warm spot ]
The pattern is Presto Chango by Valerie Wallis, and is available free at Jimmy Beans Wool.
The really clever thing about this wee cardi is that the whole front panel unbuttons, making it easy to make extras [ which I haven’t yet ] for quick changes, and potentially cutting down on the number of times the whole garment needs laundering. Miss Asher may have her own ideas on that score.
The yarn is Bendigo Woollen Mills new machine washable 8ply/DK wool/bamboo in Merlot [ much deeper wine colour than my evening flash photography shows ] on 4.5mm KP needles. and, as the pattern is written for a heavier yarn, I used the stitch count for the middle size, while following the measurements for the smallest.
Here’s the rest of the package:
hats, mittens, a cotton ‘salsa’ dress/top for next summer, with sewn pull-on pants for underneath, and, as specifically requested by DDIL who knows she’ll be inundated by a sea of pink, a mauve crochet blankie and everything else in red.
Okay, I’m going back to my TDF knitting now