Friday, 20 December 2013

I made this all by myself!


Yes, I knitted this jacket! I am ridiculously pleased with myself :)


I started back in September and have been labouring away in the evenings over the last few months. I don't do lot of knitting, in fact I had a good 10 year break when I zealously crocheted and wouldn't even have looked at a knitting needle - pah!

But then we started selling all this gorgeous wool in the shop and I got very tempted. So I dusted off my very limited skills and last year I knitted a jumper for my son and some socks for myself. I felt very proud when I finished the socks.


This year we started selling the amazing Noro yarn from Japanese. Obi is a new aran/chunky yarn in the most incredible colour palettes. This pattern book full of beautiful knitted garments accompanied it. I could resist no longer and started to knit the jacket on the cover in the same colour.


I've never really gone beyond stocking stitch and rib so the lacey bit on the border proved to be quite a challenge. There was a lot of sighing and unravelling before I finally got the hang of it. But, like everything, practice makes perfect (or at least passable!). The Obi is wonderful to knit with and lovely and warm on your lap during cold nights.


I also had to tackle picking up stitches for a button band (difficult, will try harder next time) and using a circular needle (suspiciously easy).
I finished it at the weekend, just in time for the weather turning colder.
Jonathan took some photos of me in front of the beech hedge...


...swinging around so you could see all the gorgeous colours.
In some ways you can't really go wrong with the Noro wool, the texture (Obi is wool, silk and mohair) and the way the colours change mean anything you knit will look stunning.


Still I am very proud to have finished something so big and (for me) challenging.
And guess what? I have already started my next pair of socks ;)
Oh dear I feel an obsession coming on!!

20 comments:

  1. Think you should have copied the pose on the pattern too Jo! Love the swirly photos! Particularly the last one! It will have to be Christmas sweaters all round next year then!

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  2. beautiful sweater and it looks very nice on you!

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  3. It's beautiful. Great job picking up the needles again. Knitting rocks.

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  4. Congratulations!! No wonder you are so proud - it looks wonderful! Great colours too, I love variegated wool, it is so much more interesting to knit larger garments.

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  5. Great work Jo
    Now we will have to get you spinning your own yarn and if you dye the fibre first you have something truely unique

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  6. Absolutely beautiful, you did a really wonderful job on it and it really suits you. I really adore Noro wool, it is so wonderful to knit with and wears beautifully. I've knit for myself and my boys with it and am looking forward to next year when my eldest will have outgrown all his current sweaters and I'll have a good excuse to buy more and get knitting again!

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  7. The jacket looks fab, the last photos do rather look like you're exposing yourself to that hedge though ;o)

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  8. That Katy is a minx! Beautiful jacket, I am a much better knitter than crocheter - I've always fancied knitting some socks.

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  9. Wowser, wowser, wowser!! I mean it's one thing to knit a sweater with one color but to do it with yarn like that.....wowser!! Yes girlie...you should be...as Lynz would say....fair chuffed with yourself!:) xoxo

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  10. Love it! Makes me want to knit!

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  11. I knit all the time before I started quilting, now I knit less but I still am always knitting. Noro yarn is one of my favourites, I was wearing one of my Noro sweaters today in fact. I love the colours in your sweater, and the pattern is great. It looks excellent on you too, you should be very proud of it.

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  12. Love it Jo, it looks great on you. I haven't knitted much lately either so maybe I should get back into it, don't know if I could make that though!

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  13. Love the jacket and it really suits you. I too am a knitter, but usually only winter evenings when it's cold and dark. In the summer I'm in the garden ( but not flashing at hedges!)

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  14. I guessed it was something from the Noro range, which is very popular, though quite expensive, here in Australia.

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  15. Brilliant! Great photo shoot too. Di x

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  16. Wow its a gorgeous Jo! And you look great wearing it! Well done you xxx

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  17. It is gorgeous, great knitting :-) I'm obsessed with socks !

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