Tuesday, 5 November 2013

I'm knitting for victory!

Tasha from By Gum, By Golly has launched 'Knit For Victory', a 1940s-inspired knitalong. All you have to do is knit something 1940s (or 40s-inspired) between now and January 31st 2014. I don't often join in knitalongs as they usually involve making something I don't fancy making or come up when I'm halfway through another, urgent project. However, half-finished large knits are okay for the knitalong, so I'm using it to give me the impetus to finish my navy cardigan.

I'd been feeling a little bad about how long it's taken me to knit the navy cardigan, which I started last year (July 16 2012, according to my project list on Ravelry – I'm idontlikecricket if you're on Ravelry too). However, looking at that same project list made me realise how many things I have completed since then, including swap box projects (two shawls!), Mr Robot's Wartime Farm tank top, and the gorgeous 1950s cardigan my friend Sarah wore to get married in. Not completing the cardigan hasn't been a sign of slacking, it's a sign that perhaps I need to spend a few months being a selfish knitter and making things for myself.

I'm hoping to finish the cardigan and then knit myself something else. I have a pack of black 4ply, so was thinking of It Cannot Fail To Please from A Stitch in Time vol 1 in black. However, I also have a load of silk/cotton blend in grey with a silver thread running through it, which I'd originally bought to knit a jacket but now fancy using for Lamour by Sarah Hatton – I reckon in that yarn it will look pleasingly dieselpunk. I guess I'll have to wait and see what mood I'm in when I've finished the navy cardi!

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  1. I'm so glad that this knitalong will get you back on your cardigan! I love the look of It Cannot Fail To Please, that's so pretty.

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    1. It's a really nice woolly, and I've seen it on people of different sizes and ages and it never looks bad on any of them. Yeah, I reckon I'll make one of those!

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  2. I am so excited about this knitalong, I am going to take part too. Haven't decided what to make yet but will gave fun looking through my patterns. Us knitters shouldn't feel selfish knitting for ourselves although I know what you mean!

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    1. I have a horrible tendency to get bogged down with other things – on top of my day job I freelance for a couple of magazines (SFX and Simply Knitting), then there's the blog, plus for a chunk of this year I've been doing stuff for a friend's project (at this stage I can only really say I was contributing to a non-fiction book), so knitting for fun and for myself has fallen from the wayside. I need to make time for it.

      I look forward to seeing what pattern you choose.

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  3. I'm joining the Victory knitalong too, as like you, other knitalongs seemed too regimented for me. and were for stuff I didn't like At least with Tasha's you can knit what you like as long its its 1940s-orientated, which is great by me.

    I like It Cannot Fail to Please, that would suit the bill!

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