I actually knitted something!

It’s been so long and I’ve missed it!  There’s nothing like a deadline to make you start browsing patterns online.  A friend’s baby is due in December and it was just the nudge I needed.  I found this adorable jumper by Hennie on Ravelry – the Very Hungry Caterpillar based on the children’s book.  How cute is that, I thought.  I love how the caterpillar goes from front to back; the leaf is a pocket and I found a ladybird button in my stash which was just the right size.

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There was an option to work the caterpillar as intarsia or as applique.  I opted for intarsia although I’m not very good at it, but luckily the messy bit is at the back.

Another good thing about this pattern is that there is absolutely no seaming.  Front and back are worked in one piece, shoulder seams are joined by kitchener stitch, and the sleeves are pick up and knit in the round.  I had never tried kitchener stitch before – a method of grafting two ‘live’ edges together, to create an invisible seam.  I found some very good instructions on Craftsy and managed pretty well, with a bit of concentration.

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The caterpillar’s face and little legs were embroidered on, which is something I’ve not done for a long time.  So actually this little jumper involved several different skills.  But it was a real joy to knit from a pattern, and enjoy the fruits of someone else’s labours.  Can’t wait to give it to my friend!

 

 

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Giant Knitting Cat Baskets here soon!

The new yarn is on the needles, and the cat basket is in progress…

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Wow this yarn is even better than I expected.  It’s bigger and thicker than the yarn I used for the original baskets.  And it knits up fine using the needles I already have.  So I don’t have to order a load more knitting needles to be custom-made in bigger sizes.

I have amended my pattern slightly to accommodate the thicker yarn.  I was a bit worried that I hadn’t maintained an even thickness and twist on all of it.  After all, the wet felting was a bit of an experiment.  But working the yarn, it doesn’t seem to matter.  There is enough twist and felting to give it a bit of structure.  In fact, I think it performs even better than the old yarn.

 

It’s easier to get a flatter base.

It’s softer, less like rope.  More like a big, squishy soft strand.

It’s got that characteristic, fleecy scent.

The stitches are massive, with loads more visual impact.

And….the cats love it.

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It’s not finished yet, Monty.

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