Christmas knitting update

I wanted to share the progress on the ‘Christmas’ jumper, as the construction is quite interesting. The back and the front are now completed. The shoulder seams are knitted together finished off on the right side. (I use this technique a lot, normally on the wrong side though. It gives a very neat finish and saves on sewing up, which is not my favourite thing.) It is a bit of a signature on Marion Foale designs.

The sleeves are then knitted on to the body of the garment, by picking up the stitches all round the armhole and then decreasing to the cuff. As you will see I am only on the first sleeve. Just as well it is winter, as this is akin to knitting with a blanket over your legs!

My old PC had really started to struggle to run my website. It was a dinosaur in IT terms, and I think I have been lucky that it kept going this long. After much deliberation, I have replaced it with a large laptop. Following the 17 pages of instructions on how to move all my data and install and replace the programmes was a challenge, but it is up and running well now. And completed ahead of the sale, which is in full swing. The laptop will give me flexibility to work upstairs in the office and woolstore or downstairs, which will be useful over the next month or so. But more of that in later posts.

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Christmas knitting

Since we moved to France It has become a tradition that I knit G a sweater for Christmas. The first year I managed to complete it before the day. Since then some have been nearly finished but last year it was just a promise (a picture of the pattern and a ball of wool.) This year, as I write, the back is finished and the front is started. Knitting for men is like long haul flying!

Unusually, this is a pattern that I have done before. I very rarely knit anything twice, but this was a great success the first time round and is one of his favourite sweaters.

The pattern is by my favourite designer, Marion Foale. It is called Lloyd and comes from the now out of print, Marion Foale Classic Knitwear book published in 1985. I found my copy on eBay – they do come up from time to time.

Marion was a top model in the ’60s and took up designing and making knitwear later in life. Her knitwear is hand knitted and sells in top shops for hundreds of pounds. There is an autobiography on the Marion Foale website.

This latest version of Lloyd is being knitted in petrol blue Debbie Bliss Rialto double knitting, which is one of my favourite yarns. The pattern is very interesting, as the shoulder seams are knitted together on the outside, which gives a distinctive finish, and then the sleeves are knitted on and decreased towards the cuff.

The picture today shows work in progress.

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