Whilst antibiotics are something of a modern miracle (and seem to be winning the battle against my infection – thankfully, today I am slightly less like a plague-ridden fourteenth century peasant) it’s a different cure I’m blogging about – knitting, obviously.
This is a jumper I knitted up earlier this week, and although I’ve spent the last couple of days in my pyjamas on the sofa with my leg elevated, it has brought a little joy on the one day I’ve managed to wear it so far.
This was my Christmas knitting relief jumper, made from yarn I bought on our recent trip to Berlin. It’s Bouton d’Or Cocoon, a blend of 60% alpaca and 40% wool and is so soft it was clearly spun by pixies.
I knew I wanted a simple jumper, with a little brightly coloured edging, that would go with a pair of jeans but not so sloppy that I couldn’t wear it to the office. At first I was knitting it using the recommended needle size of 4.5mm, but I should have heeded the advice of the kind woman in the yarn shop who said it was worth going up a needle size or two. So I jumped to a 6mm and the stiff, unyielding fabric transformed into a cosy, snuggly wonder.
I used an alternate tubular cast on at the neck, hoping for a neater edge, but I needn’t have bothered really. After the neckline, it was a simple raglan increase, split for the sleeves, a little waist shaping and boom! – a jumper done in next to no time.
I haven’t blocked it yet and I think a gentle soak will smooth it out a little, but I’m really happy with it as it is.
Meanwhile, I’ve been working on my brother’s cardigan and I’ve joined the sleeves and body and am about to start the raglan decreases. But with 343 stitches per row, it’s not moving very quickly. On the other hand, neither am I at the moment, so we’re kind of suited to one another. There really is knitting for every occasion.