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Cables Of Sorts

Mittens with cablesI adore cable work, I think it’s beautiful and I love the ropey texture it gives, but I have a problem: I’m too lazy to actually do the cable needle fiddle that is needed to make genuine cable work… The other day I laid hands on some un-dyed Bluefaced Leicester yarn in Aran weight and the softness just had cabled warm mittens written all over it. Do you see my dilemma? I immediately put my thinking cap on, because I simply had to find a way to make cables in that yarn; or at least something cable-like.

This is the result; a simple twisted rib mitten which gives the appearance of a cable but without the fiddle of the cable needle. Love the simplicity and the somewhat rustic look combined with the warmest, softest wool. It’s a winner and the pattern is in the making, although the pattern will be in Aran weight Alpaca from Artesano – another winning yarn…

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Snug Neck Collar

IMG_7422smallThe other day I went down the garden to inspect the apple trees to see if the apples were finally ready to be picked. I went without a jacket, no snug warm sweater or woolly socks for the feet, for that matter. That turned out to be a mistake as the draft around my neck made me cold to the bone.

The previous evening I had been modelling (yes, me, modelling!) for a friend in the wonderful Coollattin House in Shillelagh, Co Wicklow where I had taken in this season’s fashion, saw the odd knit cable here and there and was deeply inspired by the beautiful wood and plasterwork in the two rooms where we were showing the clothes.

IMG_7438smallSnug Neck Collar © Irene Lundgaard 2010

On the way back to the house from the apples with my cold neck I came to think of the collar/shrug/shoulder wrap that Stephanie has made from one of Ístex’s pattern books and immediately, when I returned to the kitchen and found the stove lit I got a terrible urge to do something in knitting and simple cables – that plasterwork from the previous night really did fire up my sense of Elizabethan high collared style (or like a few people has said, lamp shade style…)

I love cables, I just don’t have the patience for the fiddle with the intricate ones but my cold neck wanted a cowl, preferably with cables. I saw at the fashion show that these things should be big and brash and wide and hang far down, but I like a neat little thing that will just do the ‘keep me warm’ bit, without the bulk (for a model, it would be said that I’m the bulky variety myself and don’t need anything added in that department!) I set to work with my needles! Yes, needles!

Using a half knitted up ‘cable thing’ knocking about in the WIP basket (for years, but we’ll leave that aside for now), the yarn was of curious origin but in aran weight and fit for testing the idea. I ripped and cast on, no niddy-noddy-ing, just straight from the knitted piece and onto the needles.

The white neck collar shown here was the result. It’s so snug and I have a feeling it might just develop into something bigger in it’s own good time, but for now it will remain a snug neck collar. Methinks the first thing to do is to give it a gentle soak to try to even out some of the ‘re-used yarn’ look, then write down the pattern, rework it a bit in some nice soft Rowan Felted Tweed, or Artesano Aran perhaps and then launch it, maybe…