Early in July, during a weekend in Bristol, my husband and I decided to go to a sale in John Lewis to look at shirts…..Whilst perusing the menswear section it came to my attention that there was a sale on in the haberdashery area so I needed to investigate. I was in so much luck as there was a large area brimming with various yarns and wool all with discounted labels. A few of them had been bagged up as job lots. This is where I came across the beautiful pinks and greys in the Debbie Bliss Elektra yarn…all ten balls of it (each of 50 grammes). There and then I had to have it as I was sure that I would get a complete garment from it. This was going to be my new project to accompany me during my Olympics viewing.
I knew that I wanted to make a large, cosy cardigan for the chilly evenings to slip over whatever I happened to be wearing. Following a quick swatch using 6mm needles (the label suggests 8mm) and a few rudimentary measurements I got started. I must say that this was the most liberating project. No pattern was used other than a basic idea in my head of how I wanted the cardigan to look. While the games on the telly got underway so did I.
As everyone knows ‘Life is what happens when you’re making other plans’ and on a number of occasions both my cardigan project and my Olympic watching were interrupted with more pressing matters at work and home. I was able, though, to pick it up easily and carry on when I was able to snatch a half hour here and there and it just grew and grew so quickly that it was very gratifying.
I knitted it all in one piece from the bottom up. I split the stitches at the armholes for the back and the fronts and continued in stocking stitch up to the shoulders. Next I sewed up the shoulders, picked up the stitches from the armholes and knitted the sleeves from top to cuff. Finally I picked up and knitted the stitches around the collar using garter stitch and did the same for the button band.
I managed to finish it this week just when the Para Olympics started (so I am still within the Olympic timetable) and I love wearing it.