We recently took a road-trip to Denmark and Germany so we could catch up with an old school friend of mine. We visited many interesting places along the way including Aabenraa in southern Denmark, which you can see in Tim’s photo above. Of interest, the town not only boasts some wonderful architecture and amazingly friendly people, but also claims to be the world’s leading entry in an alphabetical list of towns!
However, travelling always poses a dilemma: what projects to work on while we are away? and perhaps more importantly: how much yarn to pack? Yes, I know there is yarn in Sweden… In fact there is some absolutely wonderful yarn over here. However, if you’re in the middle of creating a set of items as I was here and here, then it gets a bit more complicated.
However, another strategy that works well for me is to use rainy days to update old patterns. [It rains a lot during a Swedish summer!] This gives me the chance to make any changes needed, check all the links still work, add in new improved stitch charts and so on.
So the latest pattern for my updating magical wand is the Hebden Gilet Jacket. I made this for one of our grandsons in the USA some years back now and he wore it all winter long! However, I only wrote the pattern up to age 8 originally so I thought I would add some additional sizes. So now there are 6 different sizes for toddlers aged 2 all the way up to bigger kiddies aged 12!
If you work the design reasonably tightly and with two ends of a wool yarn held together, then you get a super warm design which can take you from “Brrrr” to “Oh it’s not as cold as I thought” in a matter of moments!
I’m a great fan of using two ends of yarn for extra warmth and you can read all about that in my earlier blogpost series: Seeing Double, so please make sure to check that out.
I am now going to turn my attention to some of my cushion patterns. Cushion covers are a great idea for summer knitting as they are so easy to carry around and make an impact in any room. I'll post here as soon as those are ready.
Until then – Happy Jacket Knitting!
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