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Paintball Cardy and Snowtime

Weeks have been skipping away with so much going on and leaving little time for knitting or contemplation however it is now time to play catch up.

Lovely Leon’s Cardy

Whilst in England, thumbs twiddling, I bought a pattern by Bergeres de France for a baby cardigan.

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It’s a fairly simple design although I did get really worried at one stage that my gauge was skew wiff and the garment wouldn’t fit a flea never mind a baby but I kept ploughing away at it and in the end it worked out beautifully.

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I used 3mm needles and King Cole Zig Zag sock yarn which was a bit of a gamle as I had no idea what it would look like when it was knit up but actually I really like the gradations of the colours…it’s a bit paint ballish.

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I knitted the body sections, back and two fronts on 3mm needles while I was in the UK and brought them to Ireland to finish.  When I got home  I realised that I had no 3mm knitting needles…2.75mm, 3.25mm but none of the required size.  I dug out my mother’s selection and she had one.  Being a Sunday I went to the local €2 shop and paid the nominal price for a pair of ‘Cheap Charlies’ and look what happened..

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It’s a good thing that I have a sense of humour!!  I refused to give up and as you can see I finally finished the cardigan which I am delighted with and I know that it’s going to look great on the wee fella.

The pattern called for the side border and the collar to be knit separately in an alternative colour and grafted on.  As I didn’t have any wool in a matching colour I decided against this and simply picked up stitches and knitted the border and collar straight onto the garment which saved me a lot of time and I think looks good.

Alpacas appreciation of shelter number 4

We had a spot of snow this week which means that I have to get up really early to crawl to work at about 5 miles per hour as the untreated roads here are so dangerous in the snow and we just don’t get enough of it to change our tyres or add chains etc.  Of course snow on the ground means no grass for alpacas to eat so I had to feed them plenty of haylage before leaving for work.  I was so delighted to see that they were resting in the shed on the straw.  They were glad to see me but not quite as happy as I was to see that we have finally provided them with a shelter that they will actually use.

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