The other day Eric and I were examining a possum I’d trapped. It was female, and I was showing Eric her pouch, which Eric happily stuck his finger into and wriggled around inside it. I tried not to be grossed out. He was entranced.
Then he said “Mummy, please knit me a jumper with a pouch!” I thought, that’s ok, I’ll do him a kangaroo vest (he needs a new vest anyway). But no, the opening had to be just like a pouch, so he could put things into it!
There was some urgency to this request, with daily “Is it done yet?” enquiries.
So, here it is. Just in time for Wellington’s first crisp morning of the year. Photo taken hurriedly before the school bus arrived:
Note the “compulsory” addition of soft toy to pouch…
I used a pattern from Book 2: The Purl Stitch by Sally Melville called the Kangaroo Duo (pattern sized for both adults and children). I changed the pocket by knitting ribbing into the top and sealing the two sides of the pocket. The pattern is for a sweater, but I left off the sleeves, so it’s a vest. He’s happy with it, and I’m happy with it.
The yarn is rather nice. I used Treliske Organic‘s marl 8 ply. It’s 100% organic merino, grown and spun in the South Island of New Zealand. When I got the yarn I wasn’t quite sure what the barber-pole-like stripes would produce. But I like how it went from this:
The yarn has a four-ply construction, giving the knitted fabric a lovely even tension with good stitch definition. No splits during knitting, and the fabric itself is cushiony with a cotton-soft feel. I used 4.5mm needles to get the stitch tension I liked.
Now that I can stop burning the midnight oil to finish knitting it, perhaps I can have an early night tonight!
And if you are new to this blog, check out this page which explains a bit more about why I trap possums.