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.
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.
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.