2016 was a year of baby wraps. I was fortunate to receive orders from a number of young mothers and it was a very enjoyable experience.
Since the New Year the orders have dropped, not off, but away. New weavers have appeared and I suppose I am no longer the new weaver on the block! Such is life.
It does make for a more relaxing life and so I have been trying to finish off half done projects. The first is this. A cable jumper that started life as "Queen Anne", a very intricate design by Alice Starmore. But I became so fed up with the different design elements being separated and having to turn the page every time that I gave up. It was probably too big anyway and I knew I would never finish it. So Queen Anne became Queen Anne's Brother, much less refined but probably more useful:
As I was using previously knitted wool the stocking stitch sections are not as flat as usual but it doesn't matter.
The design is a simple top down raglan and I basically knit until I ran out of yarn. It is thick, long and very warm. The neck is a little high but no matter. The cold weather returned today so I am a happy girl.
The final photo shows one of the advantages of top down knitting: merging cables into the ribbing without jarring mismatches. Most people don't worry too much about this but it annoys me hugely. To avoid this I decreased one stitch in each group of 2x2 cables and one stitch in each group of 4 purl. I then decreased a few stitches on each side in the stocking stitch. The cabling is therefore a mix of 3x3 and 2x2 but it all matches up!
I will try to be good and blog a little more frequently this year. Next up will be some weaving photos.