So this is the last update around the Loch Ness Marathon which I ran last September (promise). To encourage people to sponsor me I offered everyone who did sponsor me the chance to be entered into a prize drawer. The winner could chose to have something knitted for them, be it a jumper, cardigan or teddy.
So having run the marathon I had to find someone to drawer the name for me. We found a lovely lady in the Baxters soup tent to do this. I think she was a bit bemused but was happy to help. She pulled out my friend Katie's name.
Once back home I let Katie know she had won then waited while she found a pattern she liked the look of. She chose Kate Davies Carbeth jumper. We then had a lovely visit to the local wool shop to select some wool. She went with King Cole Magnum Chunky in parsley. The photos here don't do it justice - it is flecked with lots of different colours and is quite beautiful.
Then it was just a case of sitting down and knitting it. It was actually a really lovely knit. Fast to do because of the chunky wool, and quite straight forward - it only took me just over a month to knit.
And it came out really well and actually fits her which is amazing. Of course its the wrong time of year for a thick roll neck jumper now, but she'll be all set for winter. The sleeves might be a tiny bit too long, but the rib cuff means she can roll them up to the right length so I'm not too worried, much better than being too short!
And I learnt a new technique - grafting. This allowed me to join the stitches under the arms in a way that looks like the knitting just continues. My first attempt wasn't perfect but I'm really pleased with my second attempt.
All in all it was great to knit my friend a jumper. As I knitted it I thought of all the cool stuff we've done together over the past 20 years, from the bouncy castle in her garden for her 21st Birthday to all the chats and walks and eating cake together. I hope she can feel all those positive thoughts and happy memory when she is wearing it.