You see the problem is the yarn! My local shop only stocks a very limited selection of yarns and a significant number of these are baby yarns which is great if you are knitting for new arrivals but not so good for older children and adults.
Don’t get me wrong, they will order yarn in if they can but there in lies the problem: they have to order in bags of ten of any given yarn and /or colour.
So for Little Mudlets cardigan I need 5 balls of yarn which means the craft shop will be left with the other 5 balls to try and sell. They already have the 6 balls left over from Eldest Mudlets Christmas present and I can still see the remaining balls from a cardigan I made for Middle Mudlet a few years ago, taking up space on the shop shelves. So I stall at the thought of potentially lumbering them with yet more left over specially ordered yarn.
So late Thursday night Mud kindly put through an order to Deramores for Sirdar pattern number 9419, five 50g balls of Summer Stripes in Gypsy, a pair of 4mm single point bamboo needles and a card of three pink daisy buttons.
The parcel arrived early afternoon today (Saturday), to the surprise and delight of Little Mudlet. The yarn is 60% cotton and 40% acrylic and feels very nice to work with. The pattern panel is just 4 rows and is knitting up nicely.
Just one last point before I finish: when Little Mudlet chose her yarn off the Sirdar website, she picked Gypsy but the colour on Sirdar bares little resemblance to that shown on Deramores, although both are shades of pink. In the event the yarn received was closer to that shown on Deramores.
Click on these two links and you’ll see what I mean: