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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Agnes

My lovely Agnes was finally finished the week before last - woven in ends and all!


She would have been finished a little earlier had I not run out of yarn towards the bottom ribbing but she's made it just in time for the end of winter.

The yarn was Valley Yarns Armherst, the in-house brand for Webs and I couldn't be happier. It was ridiculously cheap for the quality - super soft and squishy and 100% wool so it's going to be nice and warm. Actually, she made her first public appearance over the weekend while Ben and I were down in frosty Canberra and the wind didn't touch me - like wearing a knitted shield!


The pattern was meant to be knit in a much thicker yarn but these are the down sides to ordering yarn online - you never quite know what you'll end up with in the end! A little number shifting and making-it-up-as-I-go-along later and I'm pretty chuffed with how well she turned out considering the changes.
A couple of the raglan holes are a little big but I can fix that...


The pockets are knit in a contrasting colour - I went for a cute pale blue. To be honest, as much as I appreciate the little bit of sweetness the pockets bring, I don't think I'll knit them on Agnes#2 (trust me, by all things woollen, there will be another!) My pockets ended up more like knitted in gloves - only just big enough to put my hands in. I didn't want to make them too much bigger for fear of them getting too bulky and weighing the bottom of the jumper down. But they do the job and they do look good and who am I to fix what ain't broken?


I toyed with the idea of knitting full length sleeves but in the end reasoned that as I always end up pushing my sleeves up (and stretching them out in the process) that I would stick with the 3/4 as per the sample knit. I wore her again to work during the week on a cold and rainy day and I was glad for the 3/4 sleeve in the end - they stopped me from overheating.

Little Aggie, as she will be affectionately known, is a darling little thing and she's very welcome in my house! All go out and knit yourself one today!