Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Yarn Along.....Old Romance.

 

Hello my friends, I hope you all had a great weekend and having a good week. I haven't got much to share this week but thought I'd pop in and show you a couple of things I've been up to.

I'm not a massive garment knitter, preferring smaller accessories, I think because I'm impatient. I do love the whole process of knitting but do like the instant gratification of a shawl, a pair of mitts or a hat. I've had my eye on a couple of sweaters though for myself by Joji Locatelli, Old Romance and Japan Sleeves, after much consideration I decided on Old Romance, a loose fitting, boxy cardigan.

It's knit in 4ply yarn and I was looking on different websites for the perfect yarn, the pattern is knit in a wool/silk blend. While I was deciding on the yarn, I had an email from Wool Warehouse about the Drops Alpaca Party where there is 25% off all alpaca blends.

I'd used Drops Alpaca before and liked the quality but saw they did an alpaca and silk blend which was what I was looking for and it was down to £2.50 per 50g ball. Bargain!!!! I decided on the Grey Purple for the main colour and Off White for the lace panels. All I will say about it is WOW!!!!!! I can't believe that it's a budget brand, it is gorgeous to knit with and very high quality, it's nicer than some more expensive yarns I've used.

I'm only on the first lace panel, it's a very unusual construction where you knit the panels then pick up stitches. It will be a long term project but I think the finished cardigan will be worth it.

I've made some progress on my Leaf Collector Mitts by Sarah Knight, it seems this week I haven't had much knitting time. Jodie was down for the weekend with baby Caiden and we had non-stop visitors popping in to see him.

I had to share these photos from the weekend, Aunty's Paige turns into a witch after dark, Caiden didn't bat an eyelid!!!!

 

I'm still reading Anne of Green Gables but again I haven't had much time for reading either. I'm linking to Ginny's Yarn Along and Nicole's KCCO

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week.

xxxxDebxxxx

26 comments:

Mitzi said...

Hi

Gorgeous colours just in the photo's. Can't wait to see the end result. Anne of Greengables is still on my to read list so you have at least started it which is more than I have.

Mitzi

Mitzi said...

ps

Forgot to mention how gorgeous your grandson is too how remiss of me.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Loving your latest project and loveeeeee that he doesn't even bat an eye at the witch! LOL!!

Joyful said...

As a beginner I think I am leaning more like you. Instant gratification! Your projects are beautiful! So is that grand! :)

Lea Lacoste said...

those mitts are going to be so so cute!! need to make a pair soon it's getting cold out there!

Donna said...

Such a pretty pattern - that yarn is going to looks gorgeous in Old Romance. It must be so soft too! I can't believe the baby wasn't phased by the witches costume! So very cute.

sweetlittlewood said...

I love the leaf collector mitts in that yarn! And thanks for the Ravelry links- those sleeve panels are so beautiful!

mamasmercantile said...

Your grandson is adorable as is your lacy cardigan project, love the yarn.

elisabethandree said...

Gorgeous colours and stitches, love the cardigan on the photo! What a wonderful grandson you have!

gilly said...

That's a really pretty pattern and it's going to be so fab when it's done. Must investigate that yarn further, it sounds lovely. Caiden is just sooo sweet too.
Happy middle of the week,
xx

Amanda Hurrell said...

great photos and I love the pattern you have chosen. I've still got a cardi to finish from last autumn and a jumper!

Jo said...

That is a bargain and such a subtle heather colour. It is good to have a slower burner to knot especially in the winter.

Ira Huberts said...

It's as if you brought the Provence back home with you, Deb! Lovely shade and great knitwear. Fab shots from your girls and sweet grandson. Ira x
Ira’s Crea Corner

Martina said...

that grey purple yarn is very pretty - I love muted tones like that. Having a tiny baby in the house is a totally acceptable reason to put down the knitting needles :)

elns said...

You always pick such lovely colors. The yarn sounds lovely and soft, perfect for your sweater.

Sue said...

Love the transition in the photos. I hadnt seen the cardigan pattern that you are knitting but it looks beautiful. I have seen a few knitters doing the Japan sleeves sweater and I think it looks great too, although time consuming. Nice to hear of another beautiful yarn to try out.

Lynnda said...

Nice project! Lovely photos too! Great choice Aunt Paige for Halloween! hugs x

Jayne Marti said...

Beautiful knitting! I love Drops Alpaca - beautiful yarn and at such a great price! I get mine from loveknitting.com. They are great! I will be looking out to see how this looks knitted up as I may have to add it to my never-ending list! Happy knitting to you.

Mel Schoenwether said...

Between the knitting, baby and sweet daughter pics my day has been made! Love all of it!

Sarah said...

What interesting construction for the sleeves of that sweater! Beautiful! The picture of the witch with the baby made me laugh. What a sweet time to get to spend the weekend with them.

Evelyn Hender said...

interesting construction, looking forward to seeing more of it. Love the purple colour you've chosen

Susanne Cottrell said...

I love the colors you've chosen for the sweater! I look forward to following your progress on it.

thingsherelately.com said...

The most beautiful of colors for your cardigan! I can't wait to see it finished. :) You have such a beautiful blog!

Kepanie said...

Your daughters are beautiful. I love how Caden is looking at the camera. Those are such interesting patterns you've mentioned. Lace inserts are so in. I can't wait to see more.

Nat at Made in Home said...

The lace sleeves are amazing - I cannot wiat to see your progress with this pattern, I am wondering whether I should be making it too. Love the picture of your grandson!

Amy at love made my home said...

Your lace panel looks so pretty, I am sure that the finished cardigan will be beautiful. xx