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I found some yellow wool and cotton mix yarn in my mothers unending yarn stash. Someone, my mother said it wasn’t her, had made something out of it before but decided to frog it again. It was a heap of unwound mess that took me half a day to untangle. (By the way, never fasten frogged yarn for washing with a rubber band. When the rubber ages it will deteriorate and amalgamate with the yarn. First yellow lesson!) I took inspiration from a vintage pattern with an asymmetric collar published in the January 1933 issue of Die Schachenmayrin (pdf provided on lovely Tichiro’s website). I tried to be clever and knitted the body in he round because it’s quicker but was punished, of course! Unfortunately, and didn’t I know it?, in the round the eyelet pattern doesn’t knit up as smoothly as it does in rows, even after washing. Second yellow lesson! It’s not that obvious in the picture but in real life, and for me anyway, it’s too obvious not to be an annoyance. Otherwise, I think, I’ve done a good job, even though I’m saying it myself. So, here I am, what do I do? Do I try to be strong and ignore it? Can my ignorance be stronger than my perfectionism? Or do I please my perfectionism and knit the jumper again with some other yarn and leave this to be frogged again at some point? You may think what a waste of time and effort to make a another jumper but as my mother used to say to me: Why do you ask me what you should do, you’ve already made up your mind? So, new jumper it is.

For all people who, like me, have to get over a slight disappointment here a youtube video of Dandash, I think I can safely say my favourite belly dancer, in rehearsal. She is great of course, those hip moves are to die for, but also, the drummer’s smiling face and the obvious fun he has never fail to cheer me up.

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I haven’t written for a long time. To get going again I thought I start with the most recent on my needles. It’s a true recycling project, when it comes to the yarn as well as the patterns.I have both ‘A Stitch in Time’ books by Susan Crawford and Jane Waller. I leaf through them a lot but have not tried any of the models although they are deliciously gorgeous. I don’t know which to do first which prevents me from making one at all. I looked up a few vintage patterns on the web too and decided to make a jumper with a vintage take but not one exactly as prescribed. I can come back to the ‘A Stitch in Time’ books later.

I like these two-tone models from the 1930s on the Faded Splendour website, one sporting a brick pattern, the other combining an eyelet pattern with stripes.I prefer the lower v-neck of the stripey jumper but am not so sure I like its combination of eyelet pattern and stripes, though I’ll certainly try the leg o’ mutton sleeves at some point. The brick pattern I had to try. So brick pattern with v-neck it is.

I got two old jumpers from my stash that make for a nice vintage colour combination of dark red and light blue. I think the Jaeger jumper is genuine Shetland wool. With the other I’m not so sure because it says ‘super’ Shetland, whatever that means, but it certainly knits well.

I think the colours work well together with the brick pattern. It’s a slip stitch pattern, so no unnervingly tangled threads because you only need to knit one colour at a time. I hope the jumper will go well with the tartan skirt shown in the swatch picture.

Reading vintage patterns isn’t as complicated as I thought, though it does take a bit getting used to that half of the information usually provided in modern patterns is missing. It takes a bit of maths too to convert things to my size. I knit front and back at the same time and am now up to the armholes.

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