As soon as I saw a copy of "Tudor Roses" by Alice Starmore, I knew I would eventually buy a copy if it could be found at a reasonable price. The problem was that being out of print and being so popular, it commanded ridiculous prices when a second hand copy was for sale. $200 on eBay was beyond me.
But I persevered for one reason. All the photos were taken at Hever Castle in Kent, a garden I know well. The designs are typical Starmore - stunning and complicated! Way beyond my ability but when I found a copy on Ravelry for $30 I couldn't believe my luck. Ok, it is not a perfect copy. Two pages had been cut out neatly but otherwise it was fine. And of course, it was soon mine.
I decided to work on Margaret Tudor. I started in mid-August and soon realised this was going to be a marathon.
It is made in stripswhich are then sewn together. The thistle strips take forever. Such a clever design, not too hard to remember but so dull after you have done three strips for the front, three for the back and two for each arm.
The lace rose panels were quick and easy. Amazkng what you can achieve on a knitting machine when you set your mind to it.
The sewing together took an age. Mindless and monotonous. But at least it would be finished afterwards...oops, forget we still had the cuffs and the waistband to do.
Yet more bobbles. Still, that must be it. Unless I'd forgotten something. Like the buttons for example.
The original pattern uses pairs of buttons, but I noticed on Ravelry that on some projects the pairs were distinctly tilted so I opted for singles. Nothing worse than drunk buttons.
So finally it was finished in November. Wonderful and exciting. I had done a good job.
And then a strange thing happened. I tried on the finished item and didn't like it. It looked stunning on the mannequin but on me it looked like a saggy sack of potatoes with the sleeves too short. So I left it on the mannequin. For four months. Until yesterday in fact when I was a bit chilly and couldn't be bothered to go upstairs to get a jumper. Margaret Tudor was finally welcomed into the family and started doing the job she was designed for. Keeping me warm.