With terrible predictability, the heatwave has ended just as my linen jumper is finished. Temperatures are back to normal levels and we’ve even had some rain. Apart from when the “finished object” photos were taken, I am having to wear the new jumper under a cardigan.
It only weighs 260g and I deliberately knitted it at a loose tension to make it airy and give it drape. I like it a lot despite its general unsuitability for the British climate, and I can see that I’ll get a lot of wear out of it on holiday or if we ever have another heatwave in Yorkshire. People are saying that this was the longest continuous hot, dry spell since the famous summer of 1976, so I’m not holding my breath. Back in 1976 I was sitting my O-levels for much of the period, so I didn’t even get to enjoy all the fine weather.
The only problem with this jumper is it’s a bit short. I knitted it longer than the pattern says, because I’m tall, but even so I feel that the shaped hem leaves it too short at the sides. I may yet unpick a round of stitches somewhere part way up the body, knit another inch or two and then graft it back together again. But given the fairly open texture of the knitting and the lack of side seams, it’ll be hard to darn in the ends without them showing. I wish it had been a top-down pattern then I could have tried it on and just kept going until it was the right length.
Fairy Leaves continues
Now that is finished I’m back to knitting a top-down baby dress using a free pattern, Fairy Leaves.
I’m in the middle of the skirt and finding it depressing because it’s getting wider, which means progress appears to be slowing. I’m the sort of person who likes to get the worst over with first and I’d always rather start at the widest part of a garment and work towards the narrowest. But at least the yarn and needles seem thick after several weeks of knitting 2-ply linen on 2.75mm needles. I should soon have it finished.