More wool!

(Thinks: I hope Mr Robot isn't reading this, my ever-increasing yarn stash makes him look all sorrowful.)

Is it me or do winter coats have narrower arms nowadays? I'm sure I used to be able to get coats over jumpers in years gone by, but I've torn the linings of more modern coats trying to shove thick jumper sleeves down narrow coat sleeves. Anyway, neither my old fine-gauge black cardigan nor my old navy one are really good enough for work now – the former is missing a button, and the latter is going thin at the armpits and the arms are a bit short after an accidental hot wash. It won't take much work to replace the black one's buttons, but it also has a caramel edging so I'd like a solid black one. With this in mind I've just bought ten balls each of black and navy Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool 4ply from Black Sheep. It was half price, so a bargain. (I've been shopping with them for years; they're brilliant for discounts on discontinued colours).

Next week Susan Crawford is doing a trunk show for A Stitch in Time volume 2 at Marmalade Yarns in Frome. I've been looking forward to this book for quite some time, but with 80 resized vintage patterns, it's been a lot of work for Susan. And it's finally here! I'm hoping there will be the perfect cardi in there. I've got a few nice vintage patterns of my own at home, but it never hurts to have more designs to choose from. I do love the puffy-sleeved designs of the late 1930s and early 1940s, but will have to be sensible and choose things with narrower ones that will fit under my coats.

See Susan's photo shoot video, featuring impossibly glam models and some of the fab patterns from the book!


  1. You are so right! Sleeves are too narrow nowadays (and many coats too thin). :)

  2. I have the same problem with coat sleeves and wearing cardies with them. The cardie sleeves always seem to get tucked up or the elbows are just too tight. I agree with you about those puffy sleeved designs; the 'To Set Off Your Summer Frocks' pattern from Susan's Volume 1 is a particular favorite of mine, although I've yet to knit it!

  3. Agree as well re sleeves. So much more civilised to blame their lacking in fabric than my arm fat.

    Love the background by the way!

  4. Glad to know it's not just me with coats. Vintage Knitter, I love that bolero too. It's what got me properly back into vintage: I met a lady wearing it at the launch of Susan's Christmas gifts book, she looked lovely and I realised that yes, it was possible to have vintage every day.

    Lady Cherry, I've been rubbish at doing anything Halloweeny again this year. The background is my one feeble effort at seasonality!


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