Winter Woolly

A mohair-ish jumper

There isn’t much that I can do in the garden at this time of the year so I usually take up my knitting needles in the winter. I used to be really good at it but I’m a bit rusty now and I’m trying to get back to where I was skill wise.

I’ve looked in the shops for nice big thick jumpers but I haven’t had much luck finding what I wanted. They’re often too short because when it’s cold I like my bahookie (bum) to be nicely covered. But this year the sleeves are a bit strange too. Why are they designing nice big pullovers with short sleeves or three-quarter length ones? I don’t know about you but I like to have warm arms. In the past the sleeves always used to be too long for me and they would flap past my hands. I think I have short arms, it was a problem when I tried to learn the violin too, well that’s my excuse! I thought I had found a nice looking woolly in TK Maxx but when I pulled it out to get a good look I discovered that it had only one sleeve! Where’s the point in that?

Anyway, I looked through my small stash of wool and decided to knit an old favourite of mine. As you can see by the dog-earedness of the pattern it has been well used over the years since I first knitted it in the 1970s when leg warmers were first in fashion. I never did knit those but I have done the hat.

I’ve used Wendy Dolce wool which is fluffy but isn’t itchy, I’ve used it before with this pattern and it works fine. So as you can see the back is nearly finished and it hasn’t taken long, the needles are quite thick which always helps. I’ll show you the finished article before Christmas – maybe!

6 thoughts on “Winter Woolly

    • Jo,
      Hopefully it won’t take me too long. Blogging about crafts sort of shames me into finishing things, otherwise I get enthusiastic about something else and it goes to the bottom of a basket!

  1. I wish I could knit – I did learn once, but I just couldn’t pick it up.
    I never would have thought your pattern is from the ’70’s – the picture looks remarkably contemporary!
    Good luck with the jumper!

    • Anbolyn,
      That’s fashion for you – it always comes back. They do say that if you wore it first time around then you’ll be too old for it second time but I think that’s only true for mini skirts!

  2. I love the pattern and you are making a really good job of it. I am having a job to find Wendy Donna & Dolce wool for which I have a lovely old pattern book. Shall keep trying.

    • Celia,
      I first used Wendy Dolce in the 1980s I think and of course then it was easy to get it from wool shops but I recently found some unused in a charity shop, enough for two jumpers in green and blue. Otherwise, you can be lucky on Ebay. Thanks for dropping by.

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