I love September. The changing of seasons with the Autumn beginning to creep in with all her colour, sun beginning to lower and allowing all below to bathe in such beautiful light and shadow. The weather almost in two minds as to know if she should cling on to those last few days of summer warmth, or let go and allow the autumnal chill to set in. Cooling us down, and so pushing us to delve into the depths of our wardrobes, or blanket boxes, to pull on our winter woollies.
There is another reason for me feeling cool though! It is because I have just finished knitting my Chief WIP (work in progress was whipped as they say! Sorry, once again never can resist a pun on words). In my post of the same name, I briefly touched on the nature of this project, but now it is completed I can share and elaborate a little further. Bet you never thought that you could feel cool by knitting a cardy did you! Actually I retract that very brazen comment. Of course those knitters amongst you will have felt the same on your own projects. There’s a very warm tingling inside (whilst of course feeling very very cool!!)
It is not hard though when you’re knitting a Pop Life Cardigan by Wool and The Gang. Just browsing through their website, you’ll know what I mean. Such very beautiful kits to make your ‘own’, simply presented and very contemporary. ‘Handmade’ here looks very slick indeed, but their appeal for me lies in their welcome to all attitude, to learn these crafts for yourselves and become one of ‘The Gang’. There are video tutorials to help you on your way, and I found them very quick to respond to a query I had. For me they seem to be doing a great job putting the ‘cool’ back into ‘wool’.
This sloppy cardigan is knitted in their Billie Jean Yarn, which I really loved. A mixture of 60% Upcycled Denim and 40% Upcycled Cotton, it is soft to the touch and hangs beautifully.
It became a bit of a full on family affair in the making!
Preparing for blocking by spritzing!
Then someone else has to join in….note determination on his face. Not sure he was aiming at the cardigan!
Of course there’s another fella never too far away from the action.
After a soaking (more me than the cardy I think!) we blocked and all that was needed was the body for whom it was intended.
Being for my sister Em, it winged it’s way by post the 325miles from Guisborough to Swansea, and was gratefully received mid week. I think she looks happy!
…..and very cool!
For me seeing Em in this cardigan feels so important. Not because I want to see her in something I have made. But because it connects us, and as I have said before draws us closer, squeezing the miles in between. When you miss people, these small things really do matter. You can’t beat a cardigan cuddle can you!