The Land Rover Owners Ex Wife

……becoming me again


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Poppy Red Jumper in Cotton DK: finished

It's finished and she likes it!

It’s finished and she likes it!

I finished the jumper off on Thursday morning and handed it over to Middle Mudlet to try on. I could see that it needed  either to be blocked (although the pattern didn’t call for it), or to be lightly pressed but once she had it on, Middle Mudlet refused to take it back off again. In spite of my repeated utterance that it would look much better if I had the chance to at least give it a press, she was adamant and so when we headed out a little later on, she was looking resplendent in her new jumper and to this day, I still haven’t had chance to iron it! Continue reading


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Poppy Red Jumper in Cotton DK: superb customer service

The first sleeve is finished

The first sleeve is finished

In between greenhouse cleaning, onion planting, seedling care and seed sowing, I have been working on Middle Mudlets’ poppy red jumper. I finished the front section a week or so ago and cast on the first of the sleeves but was mildly concerned that with only one full ball of yarn still to be opened and only about a third of my fourth ball left, I wasn’t going to have enough yarn to finish the project, even though I had ordered the correct amount of the recommended yarn at the start. Continue reading


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Poppy Red Jumper in Cotton DK: the back

This shade of red really is impossible to photograph correctly!

This shade of red really is impossible to photograph correctly!

I finished the back section of Middle Mudlets’ jumper off, several days ago and have already cast on and started to knit the front but as this section is being worked on in between gardening stints, it will take a little longer than the back to complete, due in part to my complete lack of energy after an hour or more hard graft outside. The back section has a lovely feel to it, with the weight of the cotton yarn causing it to hang nicely when held up which bodes well for the look of the finished jumper. Continue reading


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Poppy Red Jumper in Cotton DK: creating the twist

Stocking stitch panels are between the twist panels.

Stocking stitch panels are between the twist panels.

Middle Mudlets’ red jumper is progressing nicely and as it grows in length, the pattern is becoming much clearer and adds a bit of interest to what could be a fairly plain piece of knitting. This project has an added quirk of not requiring a rib border at the bottom edge, in fact it has no border of any sort on the bottom edge and instead starts with the main pattern. This shouldn’t cause a problem in respect of how the finished garment will hang because the yarn recommended for it and which I am actually using, is 100% cotton and is quite heavy, creating a more rigid piece of knitting. That said the knitting doesn’t feel harsh and will, I believe, be quite comfortable to wear. Continue reading


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Poppy red jumper in cotton dk

The pattern is simple but breaks up the monotony of stocking stitch

The pattern is simple but breaks up the monotony of stocking stitch

Having completed Little Mudlets’ jumper dress much faster than I had anticipated, I turned my attention to finding something suitable for Middle Mudlet. Finding a pattern for my 10 year tomboy isn’t at all straightforward and I was determined that whatever I ended up making, it wasn’t going to be blue! So I began to trawl Ravelry and Deramores for inspiration but nothing really jumped out at me until I spotted a lovely Jenny Watson pattern which I thought might do the trick. However, there was a snag …. the pattern started one size too big for Middle Mudlet. Continue reading