Why haven’t I posted for so long?
Because I have been laying under a duvet on my sofa being a flu ridden Swamp Donkey (American slang for a moose that lives in the swamps or colloquial slang for a deeply unattractive woman)
I’m not pretty when I have the flu….I look kinda like this…
In fact it was the worst type of flu because I caught it from Ben …I had “MAN-FLU” – complete with whimpering, patheticness and frequent requests to check, “Am I hot? Feel my forehead?” and the pleading, “I need a lemsip, Darling…**cough**cough**wheeze**”
The good news is – the only thing I had the energy to do (or interest in doing)was knitting!
The lovely Ben bought me the new Kim Hargreaves book “Heartfelt, The Dark House Collection” for Christmas.
And as I had perpetrated a dawn raid on the John Lewis yarn department on the first day of the sale and snaffled an obscene amount of yarn (I’m still too ashamed to admit my purchases here!) and had some bargainous big wool – I decided to whip up Cherish – a cute little big wool bolero.
Wow! Pictures that show that garments! Take note Rowan 😀 …
I started Saturday and quickly knit the back…
I short rowed the shoulders as I usually do … then I knit the fronts – the short rowing kinda didn’t work because I had to continue with the neck edging to go around the back of the neck. If I made this again I wouldn’t short row because I think I fudged it and ended up a row short – that’s a lot when you’re on 12mm needles!
I do have to rave about the construction of this garment! The fronts use short rows (turning halfway though a row and wrapping a stitch) to give the front a “womanly” shape. The slightly frilled edging is knit in garter stitch as a strip, then you pick up a few stitches down one side an knit up the body of the garment. None of that annoying “pick up 300 stitches evenly around the front and sides” malarkey that always seems to take longer than knitting an entire sleeve! (If I had to name a part of knitting I dislike it’s picking up stitches….)
I have never liked jumping on the popularist bandwagons, preferring to make up my own mind and think for myself. But, the “I just love Kim Hargreaves. Her designs are wonderful. They just fit right” bandwagon, is one I am forced to admit, is fully justified in their enthusiasm! Count me on board.
I stormed on with Cherish – armed with a box of tissues, a ready supply of Lemsip, a duvet, rubbish TV (Startrek mainly) and a large ginger cat enjoying his suddenly very warm (feverish in fact!), sedentary and rarely moving owner’s lap.
The strain of constantly nursing me wore poor Thug out..
Poor baby! Mewsley was terrified of me – every time I coughed she ran, thinking some huge savage, cat hating dog was barking at her!
By Wednesday I had a new garment!
What do you think?
The button was one I saw in my local Hobbycraft – perfect I thought.
And the back view….
For 5 days of Sicky Swamp Donkey Knitting, I think that was a good result!
The flu continued…So did the knitting frenzy…see the next post for that!
|Completed Knit Report
|by Kim Hargreaves from Heartfelt book
|I short rowed shoulders but in hindsight not a good idea
|Washing and Wearing:
|warm and cosy to wear. Sleeves could be a bit longer though?
|Knit It Again???:
|Yes Very probably, especially as I have Big wool in my stash…
|Easy to medium – only hard thing was short rows for shaping the front.
|5/5 a really enjoyably quick knit and very wearable too!
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