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My name's Alison but for reasons too long to go into I'm known as Cockney Blonde or CB for short. I've been rubber stamping for several years but now spend most of my time either knitting or crocheting. However, with the advent of a New Year I have bitten the bullet and am tackling my usually hated pastime of sewing. I've even bought 'Sewing for Dummies' to guide me on my way. I've been with my hubby Dave for 24 years and between us we have 4 kids and 5 grandkids. We also have 2 cats and a dog, the latter features as my 'photo' image. I used to be able to blog daily but these days I struggle to blog weekly. Hopefully now we are settled into our new home in the country, I can get back to a daily (well almost) update from the room I now have to share with hubby. No more personal crafting space for me!!! Thanks to all the blogs and sites I follow for all your brilliant inspiration, and thank you to everyone who finds the time to comment on my blog.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Purple Cardi for Little Lady

Finally, my last post of the day. Its been such a busy 'work' week that today has been the only real chance I've had to catch up on blogland. Anyhows, here is my latest cardi for our little grandee. The last photo is a more accurate representation of the colour. It's knitted in a beautiful aran yarn - Hayfield Bonus Aran Tweed, a 20% wool blend. I don't usually knit with wool as it irritates my skin but this was beautifully soft and knitted up really quickly.
Here is a close up of the collar.  I knitted the band separately rather than pick up  the stitches as I find this neater to do. I already have a pink version ready to start but I will omit the fold over collar this time and opt for a plain button band.

Here's a closeup of the finished item on little lady. Amazing the difference in colour in a different light environment.

I think she must be quite long in the body as I would have preferred the cardi a little longer. This time I've measured her (I know, stable door and all that) and will add an extra inch or two to the pink one. 

Also the instructions call for blocking after sewing but I will block before I sew up next time.

Hope you like it.

Off now to start eating the vast amount of food hubby and I have prepared this weekend (he's been on the savouries), finish off some sewing projects and get those needles clicking again.



  1. Don't know if my message went awol but I wrote that it's a lovely cardi and you are a very neat knitter. Love the colour too!
    What's on the needles next?
    love Jo x

  2. Pretty wool - love that shade in all pics - might have to check that out because Aran's my favourite to knit x

  3. Love the color of the Cardi, so beautiful and Springlike.

  4. Gorgeous cardigan and love this shade of purple. It is surprising how quickly they grow.

    Linda xxx

  5. love the cardigan my limit is a scarf :)


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