Knitting Discipline

22 Jan

Having finished my Mum’s Christmas Jumper I can now return to my previous project that has been in hibernation since the beginning of Nov. I am about 95% through knitting the colour affection shawl, it really is a labour of love and it was an ideal project to knit over late summer last year as it wasn’t too bulky, I even took it on Holiday to France with me. However I am only 5cm away from finishing it but it it sooooo long now (approximately 450 stitch on each row) it is feeling like a never ending project.

Colour affection shawl - almost complete

Almost finished Colour Affection Shawl

So at Knit in Notts last night I had great fun discussing what my next project will be, to help spur me on to finish. I have a few things I would like to do, having just finished a jumper which I couldn’t keep, I’d quite like to knit a selfish jumper, and I have been intending to knit Kate Davies Puffin jumper from her wonderful book Colours of Shetland.

Kate Davies Stunning Design

Kate Davies Stunning Design

I have even already selected the colours in my local yarn shop, Knit Nottingham. I just need to go pick up the yarn now. However I don’t think I can bring myself to cast on another 4ply project just yet.

My colour Combination, navy being the main boby colour.

My colour Combination, navy being the main body colour.

So my interim project is something knitted in a thicker double knit yarn that I actually started over Christmas. I frogged a cardigan I knitted years ago, that I just don’t wear the shape wasn’t great on me. The yarn was lovely Rowan silky tweed, so worth turning into something else. I only had 6 skeins (8 would have been ideal) so I bought two extra balls of yarn in another colour with the intention of knitting a jumper with some stripes, to help the yarn go further.

frogged cardigan yarn
I selected a dark red to go with the charcoal grey tweedy yarn, however I soon realised  when I began adding the stripes the red was an error, I was probably influenced a little too heavily by the festive season as the jumper was just screaming CHRISTMAS and I didn’t want to be restricted by when I could sensibly wear it (without felling a little silly). So I opted for using the left over cream yarn from my Mum’s jumper instead. I’m sure my family thought I was mad, having witnessed me frog a cardigan followed two days later by the beginnings of a new jumper. However if you know it’s not right or that you won’t wear it it’s best to make the decision quickly and get going again straight away. Which I did, though I didn’t get very far, but at least I got it started & that’s the important thing.

Beginning of Brick Jumper 2

I am following a lovely simple Brick jumper pattern  by Clare Lee, which is a free download on ravelry.

Clare's lovely simple, round neck, Raglan sleeved, top down jumper.

Clare’s lovely simple, round neck, Raglan sleeved, top down jumper.

I am going to add stripes around the top and possibly on the sleeves, with a little touch of fair isle, this is a doodle of the pattern, it should give a slight wavy effect  on the stripe and with having an extra row of alternate coloured stitches all the way across, it will hopefully soften the edge of the stripes.

Gotta love squared paper of knitting doodles & plotting.

Gotta love squared paper of knitting doodles & plotting.

However I am having to be disciplined and not dive straight into knitting the  jumper even though I’m itching to do so (especially since it is already cast on), I AM going to finished the my colour affection shawl first. Watch this space…


3 Responses to “Knitting Discipline”


  1. Colour Affection | Nettynot Craft - February 24, 2014

    […] mentioned in a blog post in January that I was very close to finishing my Colour Affection shawl. I have now finished – I actually […]


  2. Knitting Inspiration | Nettynot Craft - October 5, 2014

    […] but an un-started project is my Puffin jumper, by Kate Davies, which I have mentioned in previous blog posts. I love this and can’t wait to start, I have bought all the yarn, but told myself I had to finish […]


  3. Completed Brick Jumper | Nettynot Craft - February 6, 2015

    […] first mention of the jumper, based on a pattern called Brick on Ravelry, was back in January last year where having started the jumper which I’d decided to knit with a lovely deep red colour just […]


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