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Some time ago I promised our son that I would knit him a sweater. He picked the pattern, and the yarn, picking something (of course) in a fine yarn that took seemingly forever to finish. However, finish it I did, eventually.

The pattern is Alice Starmore's Fife, from the Fishermen's Sweaters book. It comes in one size only, for an eight-year-old, so it's a little big on him right now, but won't be by next winter. There's a picture at the virtual yarns web site, which is a show case for the Starmore designs (and sells kits and yarn). I knitted my version in Cleckheaton Machine Wash 5-ply Crepe, which I got in Australia last time we were there. They don't seem to have the same colour any more for that yarn. For once in my life I got perfect gauge on the recommended needles! Both stitch and row gauges matched, which made knitting a lot easier - no calculating changes in increases and decreases to match a differing row gauge.

So here's the sweater, nicely laid out on my new wooly board (great for drying knitted sweaters), photographed on a nice spring day in our back yard.

Fife sweater

Originally published on Anyway, my other blog.

Inspiration 5443

I've been knitting for most of my life, except for a long gap in the 1990s. I took it up again about 3 years ago and, due in no little part to Eve's encouragement, am going to start showing off some of what I've done and am doing. Maybe blogging will even encourage me to finish things sooner - I tend to do most of a piece but not get around to finishing it for some time.

my version of 5443 pattern view of 5443 All that being said, here's my first blog entry on the subject of crafts, my version of item 5443 in a pattern book called Inspiration 75. One would think that a book that calls itself "inspiration" could come up with inspired names for the patterns within it, rather than just numbers. In the book the top looks like the image on the left. Instead of the recommended yarn, I used Schoeller's Micro-Cablé in colour 23 (yet another uninspired name). Tim took the photo of the results on a mini-golf course in Maui, hence the "shot on location" look.

Originally published on Anyway, my other blog.