Purls of wisdom
Milly Kelly and her love of winter
Ok, it’s o cial. I hate heatwaves. And it’s because I love knitting. I spent the summer desperate for one thing, not a good night’s sleep (no mean feat with a four month old in a heatwave), not a great tan, not even ice cream (although that came a close second), all I wanted was to wear a chunky knit cardigan.
I took a cardigan with me everywhere during those hot months. I never actually had to put it on, but I needed to have it with me, just in case. It’s not just the act of knitting that makes me feel safe when times get tough, it’s also wearing knitwear. If I get home from a rough day, first thing I want to do is put on a snuggly cable cardigan. There really is no feeling like slipping your arms past soft stitches and feeling the yarn cuddle your body in homemade loveliness.
My yearning for yarn this summer also seemed to a ect my knitting choices. I was knitting not one, but two over-sized and super-snuggly cable knit cardigans, one for me and one for my stupidly tall husband – it's taking forever, but I’m nearly done. I was also on the hunt for a baby cable cardigan, preferably with a shawl collar, for my son. I have ambitions for a sickeningly cute, home-knitted family Christmas card (please don’t judge me). Making all these big knits meant I often had a heap of yarn on my lap, so my theory was, if I’m going to be covered in wool during the hottest summer since 1976, it had better be a good wool!
IN THE RED
With the di culties of new motherhood and the pesky hot weather I turned to a little bit of luxury to get me through. I’m normally a budget yarn kind of gal, I’ve only ever knitted one jumper with a really nice yarn, a powder blue merino which was a gift from my husband. Last Christmas my mum bought me vouchers for a great yarn shop in Pontyclun, just outside Cardi , called Ammonite Yarns. I’d intended to get forest green yarn for a winter cardigan but when I finally got around to reclaiming my vouchers, I saw the Filanda Diamante yarn in shade 040 and fell in love. It’s a ruby red colour with an amazing purple glimmer thread running through it. I teamed it with the Stylecraft pattern 9554, a cosy cable design with squishy Irish moss stitch borders. It’s turning into a real show stopper! And on the days when the boiling weather got too much for me (most days) I could pick up my beautiful cardigan and get excited about the time I’d be able to wear it, hopefully in the cold, cold weather to come.
However, while the weather stubbornly remained so steadfastly hot I did try to knit some more summery designs. I may have taken the mother earth thing a bit too far and knitted about ten flower crowns in a whole range of colours. I now have a knitted flower crown to go with every single outfit I could ever put together. When I realised I’d gone a bit far by knitting so many I put some on Etsy to see what happened. Turns out no one loves flower crowns quite as much as I do! Oh well, regardless of pouring rain, freezing days and winter hats, I shall have flowers in my hair wherever I go! Got a story to tell? Tell us about your knitting world by contacting us at the addresses on page 28.