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Time to knit for me


When Winter finally hit last week with the first frost of the season, I was delighted.  Ah relief!!  I do so love winter.  The fire was roaring, the air crisp and invigorating, I rejoiced in that special misty morning and clear evening light that comes only with the winter cold.  I finally found a use for coats, hats and scarves and gloves again.  Bliss!  It’s warmed up again this week, but the weather will be back, and I can’t wait!

I was a little surprised though when I pulled open a drawer to get out a sweater to wear to work, and realised I had nothing suitable.  Where were my winter sweaters?  Where were my son’s mittens?  Oh yes, that’s right, I’ve spent the summer knitting for other people!  Somehow, I always do this to myself – I seem to think that just because I’m knitting all the time, my drawers will automatically fill up with knitted goodness.  Durrrrh!

Time to be selfish again and knit something warm!

I’ve spent quite a bit of time mulling what to knit, and I’ve come up with these two – a twisted-front sweater top and a Dolman Pullover.  Funnily enough, they were side-by-side in Vogue Knitting’s Winter 2011/12 issue!

I want to knit cables, and chunky things, and delicious lace shawls.  However, they’re not really suitable for work attire.  Sadly.

Having looked at numerous other options, I think those two patterns are a good place to start.  I’m still also contemplating Flaming June.

Both the above patterns have decided they want to be knitted in possum yarns.  I have been trying (very unsuccessfully) to knit some gorgeous charcoal alpaca I’ve had for a while, and I thought the twisted front sweater top would be ideal for it, given the drape required.  But when I swatched the yarn, I realised it did not want to be that.  So possum it is.

Possum, knitted at a loose gauge (which this is) also gives lovely drape.  It will keep my torso warm, and it looks wonderful to boot.

What I really want to knit though, as I said above, is a chunky, snuggly, cardigan.  The kind that I can snuggle into and that will keep me warm all over.  It has to be a cardigan so that I can have it open if it gets too hot, and then close it up to stay warm when I need it.  And it has to be chunky yarn.  It’s just one of those things.

I’ve looked at what feels like thousands of patterns, but I keep coming back to this: Aidez.  I guess that’s good motivation for me to knit up the work wear quickly!


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13 thoughts on “Time to knit for me

  1. I still vote for Flaming June. It just looks so pretty. I know you would do it justice.

  2. The two you picked are lovely! I really love Flaming June still, but I the pullover looks so gorgeous and snuggly. 🙂

  3. I love the new ones – especially the dolman, it’s fabulous!

  4. I love that Dolman how fabulous for work! and yes Aidez is the perfect chunky winter cardigan….lovely 🙂

  5. I like the Dolman as well 🙂 I’m sure it would look great in that possum yarn! You always mention how lovely it is to work with. And the Aidez looks super snuggly!

  6. I think my favorites are definitely flaming jane and aidez, although that could just be because I’m not a huge fan of the drapey cardigans. I like more structured pieces, personally 🙂

  7. It is really interesting to read about your start to winter because summer has just started here in the US. I’m super jealous, there is nothing better than knitting in the winter. I’m pretty much in love with Flaming Jane, although I don’t think that you could go wrong with any of these!

  8. I was eyeing that twisted sweater, myself. I have some lovely alpaca that would be perfect. I’ll be interested to see how yours turns out. K

  9. I can’t really do dolman as I’m far too short and unsvelte. I like the Montview cardigan though
    It’s got cables and is knit with aran-weight yarn.

  10. I love Flaming June and I wonder what fiber you will pair it with? As for a cozy warm and snuggly cardigan made with chunky yarn, I suggest Iced. (
    I know it has no cables or twisted stitches, but it was one of the fastest knits ever! And so cozy. I need to update my project page so you can see the gorgeous buttons I found for it.
    I love following your blog!

    • For Flaming June I’m considering another knit in Zealana Kiwi Fingering. I have some colours that will go perfectly with it. I considered Iced a while ago, but I think it’s possibly not structured enough for a work wear item. It looks very cosy – I must check out your page!