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grannie smith redux

This time last year I made all the pieces of a Grannie Smith cardigan, using a soft green shade of Kidsilk Haze. I fell in love with this delicate lacey cardigan but, truth be told, it was not the best choice for my figure. It is a boxy shape, to which I really should have added bust darts and waist shaping. I also cast off the picot edging too tightly, which made the front edge ride up. This is how it looked:

At the time, feeling grumpy about it, and without bothering to sew on the sleeves, I shoved the unfinished cardigan into a bag and moved onto the next project.

But it’s spring again, and my flowery frocks have come out of winter storage, and I have been hankering after something pretty to wear over them. I remembered this  cardigan, and wondered if I could do something to improve it.

I had an idea of taking off the picot edging and replacing it with ribbing. I thought this would pull the cardigan in at the waist and might compensate for the boxy shaping. So far, I have just tried out the ribbing on one of the sleeves:

I’m not totally sure about this. The original edging is so pretty that it seems a shame to lose it. The next thing I’m going to try is just to re-do the cast off on the buttonband more loosely, and see if that makes a difference. I really hope I can salvage this cardigan; it is too cute to give up on completely.

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Apple blossom and spinach: a pink and green day

I’ve finished the second front of my Grannie Smith cardigan! To celebrate I went all whimsical and hung it on one of our apple trees. It’s not a granny smith, they are old Dorset cider trees, but it made me smile anyway!

We also harvested the first of this year’s crops this weekend:

Spinach. I made bacon and spinach soup for lunch. It started off pink:

And ended up green. Am I going a bit far, cooking meals to colour co-ordinate with my kitchen?

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Grannie Smith cardigan

I finished the first front of my Grannie Smith cardigan today. I got so excited about this that I pinned it to my clothes and made Steve photograph me in it:

This was such a good thing to do: it looks so cute that I really want to finish it now! I would actually have got a lot further today, if I done a little more forward planning. I normally keep my knitting projects in one of several wash bags:

This works well for all except the bulkiest projects. The wash bags fit into my handbag so I just have to pick up whichever one I want to work on that day on my commute. However, I had forgotten that Grannie Smith has a provisional cast-on, which requires either some waste yarn or a spare circular needle. I didn’t have either with me, and although I tried to cast on using a length of Kidsilk Haze as my waste yarn, it just didn’t really work. Still, there’s always tomorrow…

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