I was given some lovely blue/green 4ply sock wool. More than enough for a pair of socks! Now years ago my mother made herself a cardigan that I inherited, and love wearing, but which is getting a bit old and I had long planned to make a replacement.Now this wool seemed to be just the thing for this project but what about a pattern?
I searched my mother’s old pattern’s thoroughly but couldn’t find one for this cardigan.
I looked on line and found a Sirdar pattern that was similar in that it was 4ply and had raglan sleeves, which I love, but seem to be less common.
I discovered that this pattern was for sale in a shop in nearby Hythe. Now I have heard about this shop and how wonderful it is so I decided that it was time for a visit.
I suggested to my friend that we might go together and we chose a mutually convenient day.
The weather has not been too good lately so when we set off it was a bit overcast as you can see in the photographs.
The most fun way to get to Hythe from Southamton is to take the ferry.
Here is the view back to Southampton as we set out.We chose to sit outsideand on the way we saw this rather ugly container shipand people who were out sailing.After about fifteen minutes we were approaching Hythe pier.We then took the little train to travel along the pier.Here you can see the entrance in Hythe.We then turned and went into the town.We found the shop – “Shirley Wools”(A closer view of the window.)and went inside.As you can see they have a good selection of yarns, needles and other itemsand a wonderful display of buttons and threads.This is where they keep the books of patterns.
I bought this pattern and a ball of cotton yarn.(I don’t really need any other yarn at present though it was all tempting!)
After this we went and had lunch in a nearby cafe. I had the all-day breakfast and my friend the sausage, egg, beans and chips.I decided to finish up with a ‘Millionaire’s shortbread’ icecream (10p cheaper if you had it ‘to go’.) Delicious! all that fudge and shortbread pieces and chocolate chips.
We went for a wander. However by this time the weather had taken a turn for the worse and I didn’t dare risk taking photographs, as it began to rain, though I did take a quick one of this cottage and this lonely seagull.
(This is cropped, I could never have got this close!)
On the way back we sat inside the ferry and looked out at the rain.
I bought the cotton yarn because the dishcloth I made two and a half years ago.was finally showing it’s age and might not last much longer.
So I made a new one with this cotton. It may not last as long as the original which was made with proper ‘dishcloth cotton’ but I fancied a pretty one.
The pattern is just rows of trebles (US-dcs) and as I wanted a pretty but not impractical border I decided to go to this bookand close this edging. I left off the last row as I wanted a robust outer edge.
Hope you enjoyed coming with me. Don’t expect the cardigan to appear very soon, as it is more for the summer, but I do hope to start it within the next year.