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A Northmavine Tale

I promised knitting, so knitting there shall be!

You may recall, from the mists of time, that I've been knitting a Northmavine Hoody for quite some time - one of the many beautiful designs from Kate Davies' Colours of Shetland book - using wonderfully sheepy Jamieson & Smith Shetland 2Ply Jumper Weight in a selection of really very lovely colours.

Northmaviine hoodyWell, progress has been intermittent - it wasn't actually a slow knit at all, but I got to the point above, where the next stage involved cutting along the entire length of the front of the cardigan, and then had a large attack of the chickens! This held up proceedings for a while. Quite a long while. I eventually followed Kate's magnificent steeking tutorial and crocheted either side of the line to be cut. Cue another few weeks where I pretended that I wasn't scared (I was scared).

The Northmavine Gimp

Until one balmy, glorious, July evening, I girded my loins, retired to the evening sun of my garden armed with scissors and a bevvie of lovely Twitter-cheerer-onners, and proceeded to live-tweet my steek adventures...

First, gird your loins and sharpen your scissors...Carefully snip, snip, snip.... et voila!I admit at this point I heaved a huge sigh of relief and accepted the cheers of the live-tweet crowd (I say crowd, it was approx 3 or 4).

The next stage was to pick up stitches on the back and the front of the steeked front to create a 'sandwich'.

That's a LOT of stitches. No, I didn't count them.Followed by acres and acres of soothing i-cord bind-off...

Enormously pleasing i-cord bindingWhich is where our Northmavine Tale comes to an end for now. All that is left is a little more i-cord bind-off on each sleeve, closing up the underarms and *gulp* sewing in a chunky zip. Can you guess which of these tasks is causing yet another delay?! I'm going to try to finish this at the weekend... stay tuned! ;)

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Reader Comments (4)

Wonderful! Thanks heavens for sideline cheering- my husband did it for me and it definitively helped ;)

I love your colours- can't wait to see the finished piece xx

August 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJules

Oh, the cheering on definitely helped so much! Thanks Jules, I just need to stop being so intermittent with the finishing - it'll be the perfect autumn jacket, I think. :)

August 14, 2013 | Registered Commenterlaliloo

This is looking super-duper m'dear!! I'm still on my first sleeve....

August 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenA-C

You are braver than me. Well done, zips are easy. Promise!

August 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRubybamboo

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