Projects – Knitting WIP – a jacket for Rusty

It’s been a busy couple of weeks – finishing up my thesis draft to hand in for a (hopefully!) last read through; welcoming Rusty home and relishing the pace of his recovery; and a surprising amount of knitting. Pretty happy about the last one on the list, even though it has come at the expense of blogging.

I started making this jacket the day Rusty had his surgery and we heard it had gone well. Being a senior citizen in dog years, he gets quite cold and shivery, so this jacket is a type of ‘welcome home’ present from me. I tested the length by laying it over him last night, with quite amusing results:

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He seems pretty happy with the results thus far! If all goes well it should be finished this week (I am dreading the ribbed collar and edging and have previous failed attempts at these when they are cast on and knit up separately). But it has been an otherwise easy knit – if it goes to plan I will make a matching jacket for his sister Magenta so they go walking together as twinsies! Hilarious!

Completed knitting project – chunky cardigan

I don’t usually knit for myself. Now that I think about it, that’s a little strange – who else but the maker can truly appreciate the sweat and (often) tears that go into a hand knit?

So after a recent spate of large scale projects for others were finally completed, and with a wee bit more time on my hands these days, I decided to break into the wool stash (which let’s face is, is substantial) to make something that has been on my ‘knit list’ for a while – a chunky cardigan.

I have been wanting something that is hard wearing enough to be worn around the dogs, and to warm me up while I study (since I am prone to wearing fingerless gloves during writing marathons – yes, it is that cold in my study!).

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Details:

Wool used: Patons Inca – Black

Pattern: ‘Jacket Wrap’ from Patons Inca – Contemporary Fashion, Book 1231

This was marked ‘Easy’ and was quite a simple knit on large (7mm) needles which I really appreciated – particularly after a stack of recent projects on 3-4mm needles which seemed to take an eternity to finish! I am a lover of (somewhat) instant gratification. The body was all knit in one piece which added another layer of convenience, so there was not much sewing up, which I do find a bit of a chore. My only caution with this knit is that even after steam blocking with the iron, the arm holes were a bit big for the completed sleeve edge join, so mine looks a little ‘rustic’ when on the hanger. When it is being worn it isn’t really a problem. The sleeves could have done with being a little longer, but I hoping they may stretch a little with wear.

Here is how it looks being worn – hopefully you can not see the small flaws I just mentioned:

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I added the kilt pins (the largest one is a stitch holder which I am using to fasten it ) – I love kilt pins, and I think they add a bit of a military type edge to the cardigan – but it would definitely lend itself to using something ‘prettier’ to fasten it, or you can leave it open.

After wearing it for the first time today, I think this cardigan will do the trick nicely. Warm and cosy, thick and quite heavy; the weight is not felt whilst wearing it, and most importantly, soft and not at all itchy around my neck. I’m particularly happy with the high neck band which sits right up to the bottom of my hair, which is especially great if you have forgotten your scarf (as I did today).

So yes, one happy wearer:

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Final update on furry son

For those of you who have asked – thank you so much for your well wishes!

I finally received the results of Rusty’s pathology sample this afternoon and he has been given the all clear!!! PHEW!!!

This is such a huge relief to myself and hubby Mr. A.! We are so thrilled and will cherish our time with him even more (if that’s possible – our dogs are pretty spoiled 😉

Thanks again everyone!

Renee xxx