Remember that kit I bought when I was at Jamieson & Smith's in September? The one I hadn't intended to buy when I entered the shop, but fell in love with the minute I saw the knitted up sample? I started the wee little sweater soon after I got home. I even gave a sneak preview of it in a previous post. Remember this?
It normally wouldn't have taken two months to finish such a small project, but I hit a fairly major roadblock. I ran out of yarn. This meant placing on online order with J&S, then having to wait for the "saviour skein" to arrive. And yes, for those of you who feel the need to ask, I did manage to top up my order with a sweater's worth of yarn to make it worth the shipping fee. :-)
I finished knitting the little jumper a few days ago, which should have meant all was well. Which it was, as long as I didn't look at the wrong side. It looked like someone had thrown the jumper into the food processor. Sorry for the rather blurry picture. I must have been trembling in fear as I looked at all those ends that needed to be woven in.
This is where a responsible person would be telling you they gritted their teeth, got out their darning needle and scissors, and set to work tidying up that unholy mess. I am not such a person. I turned it back to its right side, stuffed it back into the project bag, and promptly cast-on for an "avoidance project." I'm quite happy with the result. Peerie Weerie Booties, from Mary Jane Mucklestone's Fair Isle Style book.
Peerie means small in the Shetland dialect, and although it might not be apparent from the pictures these booties should be just the right size for Lucy to wear this winter. I'm hoping the high tops mean they will stay on her feet better than socks and keep her toes toasty warm.
These were so much fun to knit, and such a great way to use up bit and pieces of leftover yarn from my stash, and there was still that little jumper with all those ends waiting for me...Yes, I cast on for a second pair.
As visions of a third pair were dancing in my head I decided I needed to get a grip. Those ends weren't going to weave themselves in all on their own. I put on last year's Call the Midwife Christmas Special and set to work. I love that show, and figured even the most onerous of tasks would seem easier with it playing in the background.
When I sewed in the last straggling piece of yarn and turned the sweater back to its right side I was every bit as smitten as I had been that wonderful day in Lerwick back in September. This sweater is a size 2, so won't fit Lucy until next year, but that's okay. This will be her first little girl sweater, and I'm fairly certain she will be able to wear it for two winters. I am also fairly certain, given that it's knit with Jamieson & Smith yarn, it will last for many years and be handed down to any future grandchildren.
Knit with a lot of love and maybe a bit of sweat, here is Lucy's Christmas present, the Peerie Bairn Jumper (the kit is available from J&S, but please read my Ravelry notes before ordering, as you will need more of the MC than the pattern calls for).
Here's a closer look.
And the view from the back.
Now I might just go knit a third pair of those Peerie Weerie Booties!