At last you can see the fruits of my recent labours. There has finally been a happy conjunction of sunlight, Sandra, the camera and half an hour of free time, so you will find pics of four finished garments in this post, plus a sock (new pattern, unique to me, if you can call a bit of a fiddle with cables a pattern) and half of a vest in recycled Sari Silk. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin.
The striped top doing a Rachael. Knitted in four pieces, loosely based on Dolman Updated in Interweave Knits Winter 2003, then joined with icord instead of being sewn together. I blogged my troubles with this here, and the solution. Yarn: Jo Sharp Soho cotton.
The Green Iguana. Finished for ages, but I lost the buttons. Found them again, sewed them on and here it is. Completely original pattern; knitted sideways in three pieces (back and two fronts) then sewn up and a crochet edging applied. Yarns: all Filatura da Crossa cotton/ackrilack dunno-whats - unnatural but flashy.
Brilliant Retro, Interweave Knits Winter 2005. Made exactly to pattern except (you knew there would be an except) I made the edges in a contrast colour and I added a button and buttonhole bands to the front edge - press studs on this weight of yarn? I don't think so! Also, sleeves were knitted from the top down instead of conventionally to prevent terminal boredom. Yarn: Cleckheaton wool/tencel, perfect buttons (as always) from the button shop.
Cacky green/yellow top. Competely original, slightly 50s-retro look. Needs a single perfect button at the top to finish it off. Yarn: Jo Sharp Soho cotton.
First sock of pair for my daughter whose legs are out of proportion to her wide feet. Once I'd finished the heel (toe-up) I realise I had a problem with my planned cables - I had 11 repeats of k4p2 rib. Eleven, as you of course know, is a prime number, so can't be divided into anything useful for a pattern repeat. So I cabled the first four knit stitches after the beginning of the round on round one, the next four knit stitches on round two, the next on round three and so on. When I got to round twelve I had returned to the beginning of the round so I cabled those four again. I called this (totally new!) pattern SideStep. I will put in the sidebar in a couple of days when I've written it up. Will it ever be as famous as Jaywalker? Maybe not, but it might be a useful idea for people with
skinny shanks delicate ankles and calves who have trouble keeping socks up.
Lastly, I've done half of the Sari Silk vest from Folk Vests. As I wrote the other day, this is recycled recycled silk - I made a diagonal vest with it and it was a disaster, heavy and shapeless. This is striped with a variety of purple yarns that I won in a Tapestry Craft raffle and the weight is much better. It's going to be a really quick knit. The Brilliant Retro has reminded me how restful it is just following a pattern.