Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Julia's Tea Leaves (finally)
Several months ago, I was on the verge of finishing this project, Julia's Tiny Tea Leaves. It would have been finished months before. But the truth is that this project nearly didn't make it. You see I did run into a little problem. That was entirely my own fault. I ran out of yarn. On the wrist of the last sleeve, with only the buttonhole borders to go.
Only trouble was, this yarn was discontinued. I emailed many different online suppliers over the course of a month. It seemed nobody had it anymore. I even searched ravelry to see if anyone had any to spare. It wasn't to be found. I would even start thinking about it when I woke up at night.
Eventually I emailed the company that actually made the yarn. (In hindsight something I should have done first). They had it and were happy to send me one. Thank goodness.
It is quite a shame that this yarn is discontinued. A wool and alpaca blend, it is beautifully soft with a lovely mossy green colour.
The pattern was surprisingly quick to knit up. My largest project to date, but one of the easiest I have knitted. In no small part due to the fact that the pattern was very well written. I actually can't wait to make another. Perhaps in a tinier size for Violet or even for myself. The main body was knit in one piece and then the sleeves were knit from this piece on double pointed needles. Which was far easier than it sounds. I believe I'm losing my fear of double pointed needles.
I knitted the size 8, which gives Julia a little more room. It also made the sleeves (which are supposed to be three quarter) full length on her for now. The buttons I found in my button jar, which I had picked up at the op shop at some time or another.
So as you see this story ends happily, with a cardigan promptly finished, and no complaints from the wearer. I think she might even like it. It passed the not-too-long sleeve test and itchy test with flying colours.
And I have learnt to always, always, buy more wool than I think I will need.
Ravelry notes here.