Wool & Honey Sweater

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This sweater has been finished since mid November – I am so behind with sharing makes! This one I LOVE though and I have been wearing it constantly. If I were to hazard a guess I’d say that this has already been worn 20 times, in fact, my mum recently asked if I ever wear anything else!

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It is the perfect combination of comfy and warm and my favourite colour AND I am super proud of it, so I basically wear it every chance I get! I loved this pattern before I even started knitting, in fact I think this pattern is partly why I started knitting and I kinda can’t really believe that I managed to make it!

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I knew exactly how I wanted it to look; the perfect honey yellow with lots of texture, so instead of being able to pick up eBay bargain secondhand yarn I knew I would have to buy new as I had such a specific idea in mind. I ordered this Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal from Love Crafts for my husband to give me for my birthday. They had a really good sale at the time so it is worth keeping an eye on their site for really good bargains!

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I think there can be a lot of yarn snobbery in the online knitting community, particularly in relation to knitting with big brand wool and synthetic fibres. I try to stay away from synthetics as I prefer not to wear plastic and like to avoid plastic microfibres entering the wash but I have no problem with knitting with big brands. This Debbie Bliss yarn is a wool and cashmere blend and cost a fraction of the price of the hand dyed yarn that is favoured by the brand snobs. Don’t get me wrong, the hand dyed is beautiful but I just cannot afford a sweater quantity of it.

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This yarn is tweedy and slubby and feels hardwearing but not rough, although I wouldn’t exactly say it felt soft it is not itchy or scratchy at all. I love the fabric it produced – just look at that drape!

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The instructions are impeccable and despite the fact that I thought it would be a big stretch for my current skill level I found it an achievable and enjoyable knit. The construction is fun and interesting and I am just in love with the finished jumper. I will definitely knit with an Andrea Mowry pattern again – in fact, I have her Find Your Fade Shawl on my make nine list this year.

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Although I am under no delusions that this knit is perfect (it’s really not!), completing this has given my knitting confidence a huge boost and I have so many plans buzzing around in my head so watch this space (don’t worry though I am sure most of the content will remain sewing-related!).

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