How Should I Knit The Sleeves?

I’ve re-knitted the front of the jumper and hopefully will be knitting the sleeves this week but I’d like to ask your opinion on how to do them. The jumper is light blue with navy stripes but I can’t decide how to do the sleeves. Should I do them plain light blue, light blue with stripes, plain navy or navy with stripes?

I’ve (badly) drawn some pictures showing how the jumper might look with each of these sleeve options but I just can’t make my mind up which one to choose. So I’ve made a poll and would be grateful if you would vote for the one you think would look the best. I won’t leave the poll up for long as I’m hoping to start on the sleeves tomorrow but any opinions would be appreciated.

Here’s the poll, I hope I’ve done it right and it works for you:

The poll is now closed.

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A year ago I started knitting a jumper on the Silver Reed SK280. I got as far as knitting the back. Today I decided to knit the front. I thought I might have to consult the instruction manuals to remind me what to do but surprisingly I didn’t need to. I did have a slight hiccup when I cast on using the ribber, I forgot to attach the cast on comb and weights. I realised after I’d done the second row so I just snapped the wool, pulled it off and started again.

After that everything went smoothly.

When I’d finished knitting the front I put it on the floor next to the back. Here they are:

The front is on the left, the back is on the right.

“Oh dear” I said to myself, “what a thing to happen” (or words to that effect).

I had obviously used the wrong starting line on the Knit Radar pattern. So I will pull it out down to just before the armhole shaping and re-knit it to match the back. Not today though.

Talk to you later,




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WordPress Has Done It Again

So, I was fiddling about with my other blog, thinking of making it public again and decided to change its theme. I viewed the live demo of it and thought “yes, I’ll use that one” so pressed ‘activate’. Then WordPress only went and bloody activated it on this blog didn’t it. I have absolutely no idea which theme was on here before WordPress so ‘helpfully’ changed it for me and I haven’t got the time now to mess about with it as I’m going to work shortly.

So when I do eventually find the time to sort it out I will have to hope that all the sidebar links are still there somewhere. Bloody WordPress!

I hadn’t posted on here in over a year and had hoped that when I eventually did post again it wouldn’t be to say that WordPress had let me down once again.

Until I manage to get it back to how it was before, you might find it acting a bit strangely and looking a lot different. Don’t panic, I will fix it eventually but for now I’m going to go and shout and swear and stomp about until I calm down and get it out of my system.

Thanks for nothing, WordPress.

Talk to you later,


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It’s Here!

Dare I hope that Summer has finally arrived?

I hope we’ve seen the last of the dull, gloomy, damp weather for a while.

Edited: once again the wonderful WordPress app published this to the wrong blog. Never mind, it can stay here now, I can’t be bothered to move it.

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Light Blue 4ply

I have a cone of Marriner 4ply in light blue that I am itching to knit with but I don’t know what to make. I was going to knit a jumper in fisherman’s rib on the Orion doublebed machine but I’ve changed my mind (that’s not like me at all, is it?). Then I thought I might make a plain, short sleeved top but decided against it. Then I thought something in lace or tuck lace but changed my mind. Then I thought maybe a cardi or a long waistcoat or something………. I don’t know. I think I’ll have to get my magazines out and have a look through them for some inspiration.

Even if I could get to my magazines and come up with something I still wouldn’t be able to knit anything due to the state of the back bedroom where I do my knitting:

We are decorating the front room and of course the stuff from that room has to go somewhere, the most convenient place being the back bedroom – my knitting room!

Anyway, hopefully in a couple of weeks it will be back to normal and I can get on with knitting up my light blue 4ply. That’s if I’ve decided what to make by then.

Talk to you later,


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