There hasn't been much knitting news around here for a while but let me assure you that this jumper is continuing apace. Winter is well and truly on it's way out so it's likely that this beauty will be confined to the bottom drawer for several months once completed but I'm still very excited by this project and pleased with how it's looking.
As I mentioned in my previous post featuring this project (you can refresh your memory here) I have used the Rowan British Sheep Breeds DK undyed in mid brown Bluefaced Leicester. Even after 6 months of on and off knitting with this yarn I still get a feeling of glee working with it - the colour is soft and natural and (presumably because of the un-dyed nature of it?) has loads of depth. It smells really sheepy which might not be everyone's cup of tea but is most definitely mine.
Now that I've turned the corner with this jumper (knitters will know what I mean) I can start planning my next project. The below design is the Fair Isle Yolk pattern from A Stitch In Time by Jane Waller and Susan Crawford. My Mum whipped one up for herself a couple of years ago and it's as pretty in real life as it looks in the pictures below. I love the nubbly Shetland wool and think I'll use exactly the same colours as they have suggested (made by Jamieson & Smith and available to order online here). I'm tempted to make the sleeves slightly longer so they hit the arm just past the elbows. Watch this space!
Photos from A Stitch In Time via Ravelry. The book contains many more lovely vintage patters all re-worked to fit modern figures, you can purchase the book on Amazon.