I am making progress on the Charmed Sweater. I have about 7 inches of the body done and it seems to be measuring up to the required 44″, although I’m going to get him to try it on and make sure (pics to follow soon).Â However, it has been a little sidelined. This is not entirely my fault, for the following reasons:
- It is cold. Really very cold. There are even rumours of snow in London this weekend*.
- It involves stashbusting. Which is a good thing.
- Have I mentioned that it is COLD?
So, way back in 2009, I knit this Bliss jumper. All that cabled goodness, in lovely Jamieson’s Heather Aran, how am I not living in this jumper given the climate conditions? Because it has short sleeves. Which means that, even though it has aÂ polo-neckÂ and is thick and woolly, I don’t wear it much in the winter because it’s not warm enough, even with a longsleeve t-shirt underneath. And it’s too bulky under the arms and around the shoulders to be comfy with a cardigan over the top. Of course, in the Spring and Autumn, it has a brief moment of usefulness but, because it has a polo-neck and isÂ thickÂ and woolly, quickly becomes too heavy.
This yarn was originally on sale at Jamiesons, where I bought a bag of twenty 50g skeins for Â£20. That’s right, Â£1 a skein! And I have been knitting through it ever since. I have some in another colour, and knit a Seamless Hybrid for my brother, a February Lady Sweater, and this, and I still have several skeins of each leftover.
So, the obvious solution (and I don’t know why it took me so long to think of it) is to re-knit the sleeves full length. Thus rendering the jumper more practical, the stash a little smaller and me considerably warmer.
As the sleeves were knit bottom-up, undoing the cast-on edge proved to be annoyingly fiddly, and I ended up cutting the cuff and then unravelling the row before the twisted rib. But now I’m up and running, so I don’t think it should take too long. There is a discernible difference between the body, which has been worn and washed many times, and the new sleeves, but I’m hoping a wet block will even out the worst of it. To be honest, if they don’t match entirely I’m not going to worry about it too much. I just want to be warm.
*It will not snow. Whenever they forecast it, it hardly ever does. And if it does snow, it will be 2 cms of grey slush, which will bring London’s transport to a standstill and we will yet again be mocked by people around the world who have real weather and still manage to maintain a functioning society. But then again, you never know.