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In the Deep Midwinter

August 14, 2013

At last, some proper cold and wet weather for winter in Melbourne.

IMG_7600It has been a time of cups of tea,

IMG_7618board games with the kids and some serious crafty stuff getting done.  To this end, I joined a great KAL (Knit Along) on Ravelry hosted by the amazingly prolific Andi at My Sister’s Knitter.  It is a KAL for finishing what was unfinished. This was my first KAL and I began with posting in all the wrong places and introducing myself last! I have however, finished some things.

IMG_7599Naked charity shop baby (Lollipop sometimes known as Baby Bunting) has a garment.

IMG_7770She also has a bonnet. But I have not quite got to the promised leggings.

IMG_7711Softie dog Emma also has the sweater I promised My Dear Boy.

IMG_7777Promised mittens finished for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. I call them Welcome Mittens.  The pattern is my favourite children’s mittens pattern Stars or Stripes Mittens  by Odessa Reichel in Petite Purls.

IMG_7738But this pile’o’stitches right here is why I joined Andi’s KAL in the first place.  It was my secret shame.  It lurked in a bag, hanging next to the bag of hap shawl eaten by moths. Can you believe I didn’t even check it when I found the hap moths? I just didn’t want to know.

I started this sweater ages ago, as in years ago, from handspun bought on our honeymoon. It is not very good handspun, it is lumpy and bumpy and a bit fulled. But at the time, it was kind of like a yarn souvenir – I thought the yarn was great and would knit into a marvellous sweater.  Well, I swatched it and wrote two thirds of a pattern, knit the body and a sleeve and then put it away for a long time.  I can’t even remember why.

20130807_095919Andi’s KAL meant finishing it…at last. Firstly, it needed checking for moths. And unbelievably, it was absolutely fine!

Next, I looked at my original notes, found them extremely wanting so rechecked the calculations and got some idea of what I had meant so many years ago.

I got started on the second sleeve following my original calculations. I finished the sleeve to find it very different from first sleeve. I realised then I had changed my mind while knitting the first sleeve so many years ago but had failed to amend the pattern.  I then ripped out my newly finished sleeve and started again only to find I hadn’t paid quite enough attention to the original sleeve and got it wrong again. Ripped it back for a second time and am now slowly, begrudgingly knitting up the second sleeve AGAIN.

Once I unite sleeves and body, I will then reach the end of what I had originally written down and will have to write the yoke pattern to finish it, facing the distinct possibility that I will run out of one of the yarn colours.  Why couldn’t the moths have just eaten it?

Despite this minor bump, all this getting-it-done business has extended to my sewing projects too. Last night, I finally handed over my Dress-A-Girl contribution.  Dress-A-Girl is a charity that sends hand made clothes to both boys and girls in orphanages around the world.  Thank you EB for organising us!

IMG_7785There were four Okie Girls for little girls in hot climates.

IMG_7801And two dresses for older girls in cooler climates.  I drafted this pattern from my trusty Golden Hands 60 Things to Sew for Children (1973). I will leave you with this sweet pic of the pattern, Shift Dress with Trumpet Sleeves (the one on the right).