Thursday, 12 September 2013

The Wartime Farm Sleeveless Pullover in all its glory

Hoorah, my latest column for Simply Knitting is now in print, and that means I can share a few more photos of the Wartime Farm Sleeveless Pullover with you. I actually completed the knitting back in May, but didn’t want to put any photos up until I could be sure I wouldn’t inadvertently use a duplicate of whatever ones the magazine printed.

My aim in writing the column was to tell readers who aren’t massively active online - and certainly when I was on Simply Knitting fulltime there were lots of those - all about Susan Crawford and Charly Surry’s (Landgirl 1980) work in getting permission to do the pattern, creating it and publicising it to raise money for the Women’s Land Army Memorial. I hope a few of those knitters do decide to go online to buy the pattern; it’s a really good cause.
 
Mr Robot did not enjoy posing for the photos, as he hates having his photo taken. But pose he did! He doesn’t seem to hate his tank top, as it’s nice and warm. He’s even worn it in public to 1940s-themed events. I quite fancy a fair isle knit myself now. They’re jolly versatile, as well as great fun to make. However, it will have to wait as I have Sarah’s wedding cardi and then the never-ending navy cardi to complete first.
We couldn't resist an imitation of the Mollie Makes covers!

You can find Simply Knitting issue 112 in the shops right now or via My Favourite Magazines. It’s got a pattern for a great pair of Frankenstein mitts, and comes with a Christmas knitting booklet that’s got a fantastic Fair Isle hat designed by Mary Henderson. (I know I already have a Fair Isle beret, but I’m tempted to knit another, Mary’s design is so nice!)

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  1. Absolutely marvelous, rather like one myself... do you except ‘commissions’ ?

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    1. Not usually - I will happily knit something for you, but I have two big projects to complete, so it will be a while until I'm 'free', and it also takes me a while to knit anything as I'm quite slow. So the answer is 'Yes, as it's you, but I hope it's not urgent!'

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    2. (I should check these more often shouldn't I?! sorry about that) Well thats very, very kind of you. I gladly except your kindness, thank you :) x

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  2. What a great job, well done! I have never been a knitter, and never will be, but I do like a bit of Fair Isle. May I kidnap you to knit for me, heeheeh.

    I sympathise with him over the photos, I am actually phobic about being photographed.

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    1. I've had to be photographed a lot over the years for work, and the more it's done, the less I find I care. Finding a photographer you trust always helps; my husband actually takes better photos of me than the pros at work because I'm more relaxed around him, and he knows how to get a 'face' out of me.

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  3. Oh Its wonderful and Mr Robot certainly looks dapper in it!

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  4. I shall have to seek out a copy of the mag so I can give it a read! ps) it's Surry :) No eeeeeeeeeeeee :)

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  5. What a beautiful Vest! How wonderful that you had a column about it in Simply knitting, so those knitters that aren't participating in the online community that much can have a look at the pattern as well. I myself have bought the pattern the moment Susan published it, but sadly have not knitted it yet. I must make that a priority!

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    1. Hi Nisse! It's a lovely pattern. Because it's knitted in the round, it's jolly nice to knit. (I was less enthusiastic once I'd split for the arms; Fair Isle isn't as much fun on the purl side!) I was really pleased with the result.

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  6. That pullover looks fabulous and such a great choice of colours too. I take my hat off to you....no puckering either on those floats!

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  7. This is such a beautiful knit, and Mr Robot looks fantastic in it.

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  8. This looks great, it is a lovely pattern.

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