Friday, November 06, 2009

the ghosts of knitmas past

jumper top view
We're still a bit brassic in this household, with neither myself nor Mr. Rubbishknitter currently able to locate any form of paid employment. The child is still a trifle too young to sweep chimneys and the dog has far too nervous a disposition to be of any use to anyone, having spent most of fireworks night trembling and hiding in the cupboard under the stairs.

Being on the rock'n'roll means my credit card is gathering a fine layer of dust and my yarn cupboard is looking considerably less full than usual. So I have resorted to stuff like this jumper, which is made from all the leftover bits of machine washable dk yarn I have been able to find in there. Pattern is Five Fruits by Amanda Kerr (sorry, no non-ravelry link since the demise of magknits), although my colour scheme is a lot more random than suggested and would indicate to me that the fruit should really just be tipped straight into the compost bin. I made mine a bit bigger than the biggest size and made turn back cuffs for extra growing room. It was super easy and quick, just a straightforward top down raglan. The great thing is that, as well as using up a load of remnants, I can play Knitting Reminiscences by looking at the stripes. Most of them are left over from hats from ages ago. I do seem to make a lot of hats. There is a nice soft stripe of Rowan Cashsoft dk in beige left over from my Deep V tank top (which is complete bar the steek finishing, although as I have worn it twice already without bothering to do this, maybe I should give up on the finishing and count it as done.) I have no idea where the purple came from. Kate B if she is reading this will be distressed to learn that I have never yet made anything purple. (Nothing personal against it, just there are lots of colours out there that I like!) I think maybe I bought it ages ago when learning to knit, it was some kind of inexpensive looking wool / acrylic blend.

mining for bogeysflitting between scenes of destruction
Anyway, the wee man is warm and so are my hands because I haven't needed to take them out of my pockets! (OK that doesn't entirely work because I needed my hands to knit the jumper, but you know what I mean. And strictly speaking I had to buy buttons and one extra ball of blue but they don't count, right). Apologies for photo blurriness, it's remarkably difficult to photograph a toddler whilst he rampages round the house at high speed hellbent on destruction.

5 comments:

Kate said...

I am suitably shocked and dismayed at you never having knitted anything purple. ;-)

The jumper is great and I love the nose picking photo! Using up oddments is very virtuous, too. Most of my hat oddments end up being part of another hat til I've only got a tiny amount left that's no use to anyone. But it's no fun being virtuous when you want something new to squish, is it? Can you email me your address? :-D

Jelibe said...

Aww this is lovely and your little man is too :D my little man still rampages through the house and he's 3!! I don't think they ever stop! Only when Cbeebies is on anyway :D God bless Cbeebies :D

celadon2 said...

I love the jumper, I have a 21 month old grandson, I've queued that jumper. Your little one sold me on it.

rubbishknitter said...

thanks everyone! you are all very lovely...

Jelibe: I'm trying to get mine into CBeebies but he seems more interested in watching the washing machine go round than the telly. Although he did wave at McNulty in the Wire the other day, so maybe he is just a highly discerning viewer.

Manuel said...

awhhhh....