This week I managed to complete Minty Humbug which I was delighted with but also a bit sad about as I had enjoyed knitting it so much. Anybody who has knitted for children knows that the sooner you finish your project the better because if you’re not careful the child will have already outgrown the garment – especially at the baby stage.
To get good measurements to help me to project the child’s size in a few months I consulted the Craft Yarn Council website where I found the industry standard sizes ( http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/ ). The amount of detail was superb and assisted me greatly when I was working out stitches and gauge. My notes for this jumper were rather rudimentary to say the least and for a lot of the project I just worked by eye as I went along.
For the yarn I used a combination of Albie’s brown fleece and natural Aran wool. I had spun Albie’s fleece into a 2 ply yarn during my last trip to Bristol (I seem to do so much more spinning when I’m away!). The Aran came from Blarney Woollen Mills and was left over from my Barley Twist pullover. The two colours worked really well beside each other.
I used a combination of straight and circular 4.5mm and 5 mm needles for the ribbing and the body on the front and back. Circular needles used for the collar and DPNs for the sleeves. For ease of getting the jumper on and off I made a tab with buttons on the right shoulder. I had considered going to Dublin to buy the buttons as I thought that there would be plenty of choice but decided to nip into my local wool shop where I was delighted to find gorgeous rustic buttons that suited the jumper perfectly.
And now the Minty Humbug is all ready to be wrapped up and sent over to its beautiful new owner.