Hello, I’m back and boy does it feel good! I had prepared a post with a run down of the past few weeks comings and goings, but figured it was a bit too lack lustre and thought I’d entertain you with this instead…
During ‘The Big Move’ I packed, and subsequently unpacked, an entire filing cabinet of vintage patterns – I used to post them occasionally on the blog as an end of week celebration. In amongst them were the patterns I knit my first ever jumpers from. Bearing in mind this was sometime around 1983…
This Jarol sweater was the first adult garment I ever knit (I think). I made a pale grey version which I pinned a wooden strawberry brooch to, and wore it with a denim skirt accessorised by a red beret. It took an age to knit and I think Mum must have the picture of me modelling it somewhere. It’s actually a really simple but clever knit, using a series of increases to create the shape. My counts (in pencil of course) are still visible on the back.
Looking at the pattern now and how sparse the instructions are, I wonder if that’s a good thing and is it time to take knitting patterns back to their absolute minimum leaving the knitter to do some of the work? I will leave that discussion for another day though.
Who else remembers Twilleys Whizz Pin sweaters?
Don’t you just love the back-lighting to enhance the look of the yarn!
Knit from the magical Twilleys Capricorn Bulky ‘acrylic mohair’ fibre in white, I had to be surgically removed from this after wearing it day in, day out, for as long as it took to matt itself together beyond recognition. Indeed, I later remembered that I had already posted a picture of me wearing it, complete with bonus 80s perm, last year. It has also left me confused as to whether the batwing or Whizz Pin sweater came first!
Whizz Pins were a single 19mm needle which you combined with a 7.5mm needle to create this open fabric but there was also a smaller version to use with Capricorn DK. I still have my Whizz Pin and can honestly say I look at it every now and again and wonder about making a modern version, besides there are a couple of other patterns I didn’t quite get round to knitting at the time…
The following pattern credits ‘Chelsea Girl’ for the skirt. Remember when Chelsea Girl was the height of style?
I’m sure there are a few more of you out there who knit with Whizz Pins, or odd pins as they were also known, and would love to hear about your projects – if the mood takes you then a picture would also be amazing and who knows, there might even be a small prize in it for you!
It’s good to be back!
Please note that I do not have any of these patterns available for sale and do not send out photocopies, but Whizz Pin patterns regularly appear for sale on eBay.