Oh When the Saints

28 07 2009

I have been immersed in “footie” knitting for the last little while. 

James turns 7 in a couple of days, and as he is a big St Kilda supporter, I thought I would grab some Spotlight Basics Sports Supporter yarn and knit him up a footie jumper.  The Sports Supporter colours are great for Aussie Rules teams and the yarn itself feels pretty soft.  It is a 50/50 wool acrylic blend and is reasonably priced at $3.99 a ball.  The only criticism I have of it is all the joins in the yarn.  There were at least 2 joins in every skein, this is one of my pet hates and one of the reasons that I use 200g skeins of Bendigo Woollen Mills yarn alot.  200g and I can count the number of times I have found a join, in all the years I have been using it, on one hand!

I found a pattern for a V-Neck sweater and used it for the neck shaping and just did a simple rib band to finish the armholes.  When I began I thought I would be very clever and knit the body in the round, I can tell you I felt very silly when I realised that the yarn was going to end up at the wrong end of each colour section when I got to it.  So, unfortunately, I had to sew a couple of side seams.  The first I have sewn in a while. 

I am hoping it hasn’t turned out too big.  I am finding my tension is much looser using the continental style of knitting.  And, with my usual impatience, I skipped a gauge swatch.

Oh when the Saints, Oh when the Saints

Oh when the Saints, Oh when the Saints

I had a skein each of black, white and red left over and I am in a stash busting mood at the moment, so wanted to use it up straight away.  We are off to see the Saints play on 8th August and as Jenny is such a big fan I thought I should make her a “Waving Around on the Day” scarf.  It is a simple two row chevron pattern.  Easy to knit while listening to, my new found passion, audio books.  I am listening to “The English American” at the moment, and I absolutely love it.

Wave it in the air, like you just don't care

Wave it in the air, like you just don't care

In an effort to get ourselves on the big screen when we are at the game.  Elise and I spent an hour or two on Saturday making a banner to wave about at the game.  It’s rough and ready, but we had a good time making it and managed to keep the paint off everything except the banner.

Have we jumped on the right bandwagon?

Have we jumped on the right bandwagon?

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