Well, this is the first piece of clothing I've knitted and that alone makes me happy. But despite the fact Rowan claim the pattern is suitable for beginners, it had me confused an awful lot. The instructions are fairly economical, shall we say, and I lost count of the number of times I turned to my local yarn shop for help. Now that it's finished, however, and with the benefit of hindsight, it was all completely easy peasy. Oh, and I know the ladies in the yarn shop really very well now! This is from Rowans 'Newshapes' book, now out of print but worth hunting down for a good selection of goodies using Big Wool.
Tension trouble had me discarding the recommended 10mm and reaching for a 12mm pair of needles instead. My goodness, it was almost like knitting on fingers until I got used to them but to see the thing progress so quickly pleased me no end. Oh the reward. On the homeward strait I panicked and bought an extra skein, thinking I might run out, but I just scraped by, with a teeny tiny amount left over once the sewing up was complete.
Once blocked, sewn up and tried on my first thought was 'oh no, I'm not so sure, it's rather sack-like' but having looked at it a couple of times and played about with the collar somewhat, I'm actually rather pleased. The collar was hanging down at the back in an odd way so I put in a couple of stitches to secure it to the back of the garment and I feel much better about it now.
Just finished with enough time to get some wear in it before the warmer weather appears. Or perhaps it may come into its own as a cover up once the heavy duty coat comes off, who knows.
A note to self. Next time walk past the grey, you CAN do it you know !
Last but by absolutely no means least: My heart aches for the people of Japan, they say there are well over 10,000 who have lost their lives, among them probably some Brits who are as yet unaccounted for. Watching the footage on the news is unbearable, I can only imagine what they are going through and I truly hope that those of you who read this blog are not affected. x