hello!! Thank you all for your thoughtful comments on my last blog, things have been cooling down in Shetland and now the clocks have changed it is dark at 5pm :( so i took the chance to get Amy to take a few photos at work today of my most recent finished object – a new icelandic jumper!
When I was in Iceland in May I went with my friend Lara to the Alafoss Shop and bought the yarn for a Dalur jumper, I love the tweedy yarns so I picked up the light grey tweed and the dark black tweed along with a white. I started a sleeve of my Dalur jumper and there was just not enough contrast between the white and light grey so the 3 colour rows proved to be pointlessly annoying. I’m not going to go through that for nothing! So I frogged it and looked again for another pattern I could use.
I had a look on ravelry for projects using Alafoss Lopi, the chunky Icelandic yarn and I saw this project and fell in love with the colour scheme so I decided to give it a go with the similar colours I had, the pattern is a free one available from istex which is also in the Knitting With Icelandic Wool book which I have looked at before but it didnt shout out to me as a cardigan, in fact I actually own it in a cardigan version which I bought from a charity shop in Reykjavik!
I own a very basic chunky knitting machine which is not the most fun to use but I thought I would get it out so I knit the body and sleeves on that and then picked up the yoke on a 60cm circluar needle and went right into the yoke! Usually I go back and do the ribs after but this time I did them while it was in pieces and sewed up the seams. This meant a bit less finishing at the end which is always good. Traditionally these kinds of jumpers are knit completely in the round but on my machine I do it in pieces – the front, back and two sleeves separately and then sew up the seams which with chunky yarn doesn’t take long!
I got the yoke nearly knit in one night then got it pretty much finished last week while waiting for my driving lesson (knitting helps my nerves!!) I am so pleased with how it came out and I love how fast it was to make. From nothing to a new jumper in 4 days! I wore it today and it definitely helped keep me warm without being too hot.
I am now gearing up for the big Craft Fair I take part in in November and I don’t know if it is Wool Week being later in the year or just work being a bit busier I am the least prepared I have been, sigh! So you might not see me for a peerie while but I’ll be back again as soon as I can,
Happy knitting! xx
pattern: Icelandic Zip Cardigan by Vedis Jonsdottir
ravelry project page here