Carrie’s Roller Coaster Ride!!

I have a penchant for Kim Hargreaves designs and when I was looking for a little cotton jacket I came across Carrie in the Misty book and thought this is the one – then the roller coaster ride began!!

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The jacket was made in Rowan’s Fine Milk Cotton which was of course by that time discontinued!!

Aha I thought, I will look for a substitute yarn but no I could not find a yarn and there wasn’t one on the yarn comparison sites so I used my trusty Google search and found some at English Yarns – www.englishyarns.co.uk/‎. I ordered 11 balls  in this lovely Dark Teal shade and put it in my stash.

During the Xmas break I decided to start it . It was straightforward with enough pattern to keep it interesting, the stitch definition was good and as I worked on it in my knitting groups the comments were all positive.

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The back and fronts progressed well and I used short row shaping for the shoulders and a three needle bind off – 2 less seams to sew up (I hate the sewing up part)

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Of course I got involved in several other projects and this was on the back burner but I did get the sleeves finished.IMG_0604

Until now the ride had been fairly smooth but with the end in sight only the collar and drawstring to go the ride became rough and very hairy!!! Here are the ups and downs –

Down – I cast on the collar and horrors of horrors I realised I was using the last ball!!! And no way was there going to be enough!!!

Up –  I contacted English Yarns and they had one ball in their inventory they would cll me back once they had got it from the stockroom

Down – they rang back and couldn’t find it!

Up – I contacted a lady on Ravelry who agreed to send it (from Billings Montana) I paid for it

Double Dip Down – it didn’t arrive and suddenly I was reimbursed the payment – the friend who was posting it for her lost it!!

Ok, now I was going to have to get serious – so hanging on tight I :

contacted several people on Ravelry who had it in their stash – Up

Down – they didn’t reply

I went on the Rowan site  and rang about 20 stockists – Up

Down – no-one had any

I emailed Webs in the USA – Up

Down –  they had none – try Ravelry they said

By now I was getting worried and beginning to feel sick, but I couldn’t stop I had to source a ball otherwise it would forever be in a project bag!

Up – Janice at John Lewis Bluewater contacted all the stores in the hope that a branch would have some

What to do so at the Sunday Knitting Group we talked about it and Susan said what about some forums and later that day she sent me the links for 3 forums – In search of and Rowan Love both on Ravelry and Phoenix Knitting Forum.

Up – I posted on all three

Down – waiting for a response was terrible – people looked at them but no replies

Up – I had a reply and YES she was willing to let me have a ball and it was the same dye lot!!

Up – buttons were bought

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UP – the yarn arrived!

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Double UP – the collar and drawstring were finished!!!!

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Only the sewing up to go – and the roller coaster ride was over!!! I am really pleased with it and the positive comments make the roller coaster ride worthwhile.

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Wasted Time?

Christmas has come and gone – time spent with husband and daughter no 2, trips to pantomime and avoiding sales – just John Lewis (online) – just ordinary family things and in between – you guessed it knitting! So what have I started/finished over the Festivities?

Charm – Kim Hargreaves – Rowan Felted Tweed in Pine – finished and I’m really pleased with this

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Hitchiker – Malabrigio sock yarn in Archangel – easy knit to take to the Sunday Knitting Club

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Drops – tunic for a friend started and finished! She loves it!

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The neck was changed after this photo was taken because it was too low – just continued cable for 2 more twists. It looks much better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carrie – Kim Hargreaves Rowan Fine Milk Cotton – back finished

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Obviously I didn’t have much else to do

 

Oh and I also reknitted Calisto -(see earlier post) but this time it was too small so frogged again!!

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Well at last it’s finished and sewn up although there is another problem there are no pockets! Walking round Bluewater before our Knitting group I realised how difficult it is with no pockets. Where does on put one’s mobile phone? In the waistband of the leggings? Down the top tucked in the bra?

 

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Had loads of time to spare so popped into Starbucks for a coffee and thought I would do a bit of knitting ( the rib of a sleeve) while I whiled away the hours til lunch and all was fine until a young couple came and sat behind me. Hushed tones became a little strident and the next thing I knew was – a domestic brewing, driven out to wander aimlessly for a bit.

Time passed and lunchtime came – 10 of us all knitters sat down in Pizza Express to celebrate Christmas. Lots of pressies exchanged hands and await the heralding of Xmas Day to be opened. Can’t wait for the delights to unfold.

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Hell and Damnation !!!!!

I was going great guns on Tribe and the second sleeve was well on its way when!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This morning while everyone else was asleep I, with a cup of tea worked on to finish the sleeve before anyone else got up.

I was almost at the decreases and was thinking if I really got cracking I could wear it tomorrow.  When I ran out of wool!!!!!

What I hear you say – YOU RAN OUT OF WOOL!!!! 

How could this happen ARGHH !!!!!!

I had bought exactly what the pattern had said: 5 balls Shale, 2 balls Mountain, 2 balls Bilberry, 2 balls Quarry Tile, 2 balls Mink, 2 Scree and 1 Alpine.

At this point I need Alpine for 3 rows and I’ll never use the colour again!!!!

And I have 1 Mink, 1 Mountain , 1 Scree and 2 Shale left over ARGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

Keep Calm and Carry on Knitting

It’s been a traumatic couple of weeks culminating in the loss of one of our treasured cats – Charlie – a sedate old lady who became ill about two weeks ago. Dehydrated and with an enlarged kidney she stoically underwent blood tests, had daily injections for a week, a special diet and pills but to no avail. She became very ill on Tuesday morning and daughter no 2 took her to the vet – there was no hope so we sadly said goodbye after 14 years. Here she is in the summer enjoying the warmth in the garden.

Hence the title of this piece.

To cope I have been working on 3 projects!!!!! Yes three at the same time!

What do I hear you ask –

No 1 – Whitsand Bay – Phydeaux Yarn Soie Indigo – A shawl (pattern from Ravelry) Currently on short row shaping section

Should finish this soon on the last section- daughter No 2 says she’ll have it if I want. Love the yarn and am already tempted by lace weight on yarn website today. Brenda does such lovely colourways.

No 2 Charm – Rowan Felted Tweed – Pine

A garter stitch boxy jacket also by Kim Hargreaves, I love her patterns. This is a no thinking knit for stressful times.

No 3 Tribe – Rowan Cocoon

I had been looking at this ever since Kim Hargreaves published her book and I finally succumbed at the end of October – and have done fronts and back – sewing ends in today – a job I hate!

Need to knit the sleeves but because I have short arms – always have to adapt patterns – am hoping friends will be able to advise me where to start as the bands have to match the body.

Can’t wait to wear it on these Autumn days.

So lets hope life settles down and all I have to do is Keep Calm and carry on with the knitting.

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