I have to admit it’s a little odd to find yourself quietly wondering which of your friends is the tallest. However it’s distinctly weird to catch yourself considering their bust sizes. And knocking on their front door to confess you’ve been doing it is downright stalkerish. However, when I knocked on my friend Ruth’s front door and told her exactly this, she greeted my confession with her usual infectious enthusiasm.
Of course, I hadn’t meant to behave like this when I started back in March.
Yes, March – it’s taken me that long. But then it was boring boring stocking stitch all the way to yoke – which I’ve already moaned about more than enough this last couple of weeks.
I also was thinking I had almost all year to finish it, given it was a Christmas jumper for Lovely Youngest. But as the end of August raced into view, I realised that if I was going to knit Lovely Eldest a Christmas jumper too, I needed to get my needles flying.
Thankfully, buy the time I had this thought, the stocking stitch was all but done. But as I raced on with the exciting bit, I had a second realisation…
Super skinny, Lovely Littlest lives in London. No way I could I fit into her jumper to model it on the blog. And I couldn’t get her to model it early, as I wanted to give it to her as a surprise closer to Christmas. So this is where Ruth came in…
My tadah! for Lovely Littlest’s Christmas jumper that I designed all by myself…
Overall I’m pleased, although I’m not mad on the colour – but Lovely Littlest loves green and it is a better colour in real life.
What I’m not happy with is that I seem to have created a bit of ‘texture’ weaving the yarn between the gingerbread men.
Again this does look better in real life, but I’d be interested in anyone’s thoughts on how I could have improved it a little more. I know giving each gingerbread man his own ball of yarn would have been better, but this was impossible as it’s worked in the round.
I didn’t notice it before, but my reindeer jumper’s the same, just doesn’t show up as much. I think this is down to the colour of the yarns and the reindeer being closer together and the colours being more broken up?
I’ve knitted traditional fair isle yokes in the past and never had this problem – so again I’m thinking the ‘texture’ is because the gingerbread men are a bigger solid patch of colour with a bigger gap between than fair isle patterns?
I’d be grateful for anyone’s thoughts on this or any other observations.