At last, a sunny day peeks through the winter clouds here in Sydney – quick, get your hand washing out!
It also means I can persuade Jakk to take some finished object photos.
Remember last year I said I’d like to use Berroco Phinney as a base to vintage-ify a design?
Well, Phinney – meet Evelyn Bellamy, a well known Australian designer from the 1940s.
And here is the result, knitted in Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece:
Silly me, I thought this jumper would only take a few weeks (aran weight yarn) but surprisingly it still took two months to finish.
Looking back, this yarn is probably not ideal for what I wanted – a figure skimming jumper with 1 inch of negative ease. I was hoping the wool would give stretch to the cotton, but not really. On the upside, its a dream to wear – not too warm, not too cold.
– shortened the body, lengthened the arms
– longer ribbing on waist and arms
– cast on in pink, then switched to black straightaway (for a nice edge contrast)
– intarsia scottie dogs
– measured the sleeve head against the chest, and switched to pink for the sleeve caps (common 1940s style)
– round neckline instead of square
And its a great opportunity to wear my 1940s novelty bracelet with little doggies!
|‘In the Doghouse’|
I’m really, really happy with it and will definitely use Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (and Cotton Fine) again. The quality is good, the price is reasonable (I get mine from Kaleidoscope Yarns) and I like the idea behind the company. In fact, I’ve already cast on for a Victory Jumper in Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport.
Bow-wow and have a good weekend!