Blue Crocheted Poncho

It seems it just isn’t summer unless I start making a large yarn project. It is a habit I have and it was certainly the case last summer when I started this poncho.

Ok for the technical details as I always forget to add this information in. The pattern is Emelyn Cowl Neck Poncho which is available on Ravelry in the size Adult. The yarn used is Stylecraft Special Aran in Empire and Graphite. I used a 6.0mm hook.

Wait a minute cowl neck poncho where is the cowl? The cowl is last section of the poncho. It is crocheted as a flat rectangle in rows which you join to the neckline each row as you go along until you come full circle back to the start. I originally started making the cowl section but my stitch count was off and I ended up with a rather massive odd shape that kept growing as I crocheted it. I was the issue not the pattern instructions. That was back in April. I ripped back the cowl and left it until I was in a better headspace after the move. I picked it up this month and had an honest think about it. Even though the yarn is a really soft acrylic with my yarn sensitive I knew it would end up irritating me if I got hot underneath it so I opted to leave it off. I actually like it without the cowl. The neck isn’t too wide and I’ll wear it with a cowl around my neck anyway so I will still get the coverage.

As soon as I saw this pattern I instantly knew I wanted to make it. A lot of ponchos are joined at the side. This one isn’t which was a big drawcard. I walk with a crutch and I need my arms fully free so that I can swing the crutch without restrictions. I find ponchos that are joined at the side restrict me. This poncho gives me the coverage over my shoulders but allows me to move my arm as wide as I need to.

My contrasting colour blocks are a little different to the pattern. I under estimated how much contrasting colour I needed. This is crocheted as one piece with the shoulder section done in the contrasting colour as one block of colour. As I was doing the colour block near the top of the front I realised I wouldn’t have enough yarn so I only did a small section (counting how many rows I did) then repeated the same colour combinations on the back. If I hadn’t said anything you would never have known. I kind of like just the small contrasting colour blocks.

It isn’t 100% to the pattern but I’m really happy with it. Without the cowl I know I will get a lot of wear from it next winter. It is very soft and squishy. I’ll wear it to work with my work jumper under it and a cowl or shawl. This poncho will give me the coverage over my shoulders and lower back without restricting my movements so is a winner. I have plans to make this again in a cotton (yarn fairies are posting it as we speak) The cowl in the cotton will be more wearable for me.

Cassiy

2020 M6338 Chartiy Bags

Once again for my charity bags the pattern I used was McCalls 6338. I know that pattern really well now and I can make it without instructions even if it is 12 months between sewing them.

 

As in previous years I raided my stash for fabric. Even though I am sewing through a lot of my stash I still have a large amount to pick from. I had always planned to use the red fabric this year. It is a Japanese cotton that I was originally going to use to make myself a bag. I’m not really a red person so I’m glad it got used in these bags. The green gingham was a spur of the moment open any box from my packed fabric stash and see if I could get a fabric to match adventure. I really like the contrasting combination together.

This year I decided to add a patch pocket to the front of each bag. I used rectangle scraps of both fabrics so that the inside of the pocket would be the green fabric. I had a lot of the green fabric so I was able to do the inside of the bags and the handles in the green too. For the inside of bags I like to use light coloured fabric. I find it easier to finds things if the bag isn’t dark inside, others might not have this problem but I do.

Another different thing I did this year was make drawstring ties from the green fabric. On previous bags I have used ribbon but since I had enough fabric matching drawstrings it was. To make the drawstrings I cut a 2″ wide strip the width of the fabric for each drawstring (2 per bag) I then folded each one into quarters and top stitched them together. For me that it easier to fold then together instead of making a tube and turning the right side out. When I’m batch sewing like I was with these I use techniques I’m most comfortable with. At times it does seem like it takes longer but I know I’m going to more happier with the end result. If I’m comfortable with a technique than I’m going to be less stressed and make fewer mistakes.

I started making these bags earlier than I have in previous years and I didn’t make them all in one hit. It made the making of them more enjoyable as I wasn’t pressuring myself to finish them. I’m thinking ahead to my 2021 bags already. I have fabric in mind for the outside of the bags but I need to check it is still in my stash. I’m going to cut my fabrics over one weekend, sew the handles another weekend, make the bag fronts on another sewing day, finish the bags another day. It makes them more fun and it means I have time experiment or do different techniques than I have done previously if I’m not sewing to a deadline.

Cassiy

 

Dowel Pressing Tool

Using a piece of dowel as a pressing tool is a technique I was told about a few years ago but it was only in recent months that I have gotten myself some dowel and tried it out. 

To use it you take your piece of dowel and place it behind the seam that you wish to press open. With your iron you press the seam flat going along in sections just as you would normally press. Depending on the length of your seam and piece of dowel you may need to adjust the dowel along the seam. It is more for use on seams that are 1/2″ or larger wide. I find it too fiddly on 1/4″ seams. It is usually only in quilting or toy making that you do narrower seams. It makes doing box corners on bags a breeze as you can really get the seams flat and line them up correctly. It is easier to use than a sleeve roll on box corners as you can really get into the narrow spaces between the two sets of seams whereas a sleeve roll is just a bit too bulky to really get into that area.

I brought my dowel from the local hardware store. You can get different sizes and lengths. It is important not to get that one that isn’t stained so it doesn’t mark your fabric. My piece is 1.2m long and 25mm wide. I contemplated cutting it in half so it wasn’t as long but I have no issues working with it. I just have to be mindful not to hit my tv which is near my ironing board when I move it around. The longer length actually is better as I can do really long seams like the sides of a York Pinafore or a longer length bag. The width is good too as you have enough behind the seam to press on. It isn’t too big in your hands to handle. 

To be honest my piece of dowel does have a light curve in it. I’m pretty sure it was originally straight when I left the shop but on my 1/2 hour walk home my short attention span and inability to not play with things left me swinging it like I was in a marching band and there is a slight curve. I can still use it but it doesn’t lay flat all the way down so I have to hold it a bit more at times. It it annoys me too much I’ll buy another piece and have Mr StitchNSew transport it home so my inner conductor doesn’t come out. 

Cassiy

Overnight Guest

We have a small reserve directly opposite our apartment block which has about 4 trees in it. It is home to a pair of magpies. As Mr StitchNSew and I are both bird people we have been watching the pair since we moved in. At our old place we had a lot of contact with the local birds. It is breeding season at the moment and we were delighted to see that the pair now had babies in the nest. Last week late one afternoon just before it got dark we heard all the birds in the area making a fuss and looked over to see one of the babies had come out of nest early which often happens sadly but that is part of nature.

With a box and some fabric we went down to see if we could help the baby back in the tree. The baby wasn’t very tiny and could run around it just didn’t have the strength yet to fly back up to the nest. Without distressing her too much were able to catch her. Once she was in the box coved in the fabric she stopped calling out. Neither of us were in the position to be able to climb the tree to put it back so we decided the best option was to ring WIRES which is the wildlife rescue service in NSW. They gave us directions on how to care for the bird until a WIRES carer could come out to our place to collect the bird. 

Once we got back to our unit we found a better box and some additional fabric to make her more comfortable. We were instructed not to feed it but we could give it water. She was too little to drink from a bowl but after some persuasion took water from a plastic syringe. Mr StitchNSew camped out in the lounge room all night to regularly check on her and give her water when she woke up. Don’t know if it was a boy or girl but we kept saying it was she. She was very settled and calm in the box. The next morning she did hear the other birds outside and started to call out but she settled again. She never tried to get out of the box but she did kept popping her head up whenever she heard Mr StitchNSew move about near her box. 

At the time we caught her I didn’t have any nests that I make for WIRES as I had sent in the last I had finished prior to the move. I did find a half completed one so finished it off. She was sleeping when I finished it so it was put in her box during the night. She watched it get placed in the box then went in it to sleep without coaxing which was nice. 

The carer who came to collect her said sadly she wouldn’t be able to be returned to that tree. Instead she will be released elsewhere when she is strong enough. In a way that was really sad but knowing that we were able to save her and give her a chance was a nice feeling. Over the years in the local area we have seen enough dead wildlife to know it isn’t always a happy outcome. I have so much respect for WIRES and all the carers that help out the native wildlife. Due to the circumstances of this year I haven’t been able to make the items I’ve made for WIRES in previous years but having our little visitor reminded me of how important it is to support them. I want to get back into the habit I had before of always having some sort of item for WIRES on the go. I would always have a knitted pouch on my needles or cloth pouches that were in some part of the sewing process ready for me to pick up and work on when I could. I enjoy crafting for WIRES and supporting them in a practical way. It’s time to get back to it. 

Just to add the parents of this little one were quiet the first day but now we are seeing them return to normal. They do have another baby which is a little bit older and is strong enough to be out of the nest as by chance I had met this other baby as I was walking to work on the day we ended we rescuing this little one in the afternoon. I don’t know if the parents will have another egg this year but we’ll continue to keep an eye out for all of them. 

Cassiy

 

 

Air Fryer Mat

We have had an air fryer for years. If you are not familiar with them an air fryer is a kitchen appliance which fries food without food without having to submerse it in oil. The food sits in a wire basket and all oil that comes out of the food get is captured into a basket below. We use ours several times a week as I can put on dinner and walk away knowing it is cooking safely. One draw back is that sometimes oil can leak from the bottom of it. Our air fryer lives on our kitchen bench due to how often I use it. When we moved I decided to make a mat for it to sit on to protect the bench top it sits on.

The outside of the air fryer doesn’t get hot but I still wanted a material that was heat resistant as after all it is an electrical appliance. I raided my stash for a couple of balls of wool. The yarn I used I know is machine washable so I can toss the mat into the washing machine when it got dirty. I decided I would use the technique of double knitting so it would have the thickness to protect the bench plus I like double knitting and it was an excuse to do it. The yarn I used was 8ply so with the 2 layers it was like 16ply in thickness. You can get really creative with double knitting and do patterns but I kept it simple and just had one colour on the front and one colour on the back.

Believe it or not but there are no air fryer mat patterns on Ravelry! It seems no one else has been that crazy to knit one so I had to just make up a pattern. Double knitting is worked in pairs of stitches that you count as one stitch. It can be a little confusing but you knit the first coloured yarn and purl the second colour for every stitch you do. I consider Sockmatician the guru of double knitting. He has a YouTube clip showing how to cast on the stitches in alternative colours so that the cast on looks clean and seamless. For this using 4mm needles on a long cable  I cast on 50 pairs of stitches (50 in the blue and 50 in the pink) I love how the ends look. I didn’t take a photo of the sides but I followed another of Sockmatician’s tutorials and did a slip stitch edge. By slipping the last pair of stitches per row in the way demonstrated in the clip the edges looked neater with the colours staying consistent. I just knitted the mat until it looked long enough. To cast off I did kitchener graft. It took a while but the end result was worth it. It has also gave me practice doing the graft as I need all the practice I can with it.

I’m currently knitting a second mat so we can have one in use and one in the wash. Once it is finished I’ll take photos of the sides to show the slip stitch edge and show you what happens if you don’t twist the yarns when you are doing the slip stitch.

Cassiy

Balcony Addition – Chairs

I never thought I would be excited over garden chairs let alone write a blog post about them but here goes.


We have lovely little balcony which is about 10 metres square in a nice rectangle shape. Aside from having an outdoor table, a storage unit and the washing airer we haven’t really utilised it that much due to the fact there wasn’t anywhere to sit. We did put an old foot stool out there but since Mr StitchNSew’s surgery he hasn’t been able to use it as it is too low to the ground. I decided we needed a pair of chairs. We had 2 options – get cheaper plastic chairs or invest in some quality aluminum chairs. Plastic chairs are great but they can be really flimsy and over time the plastic can get powdery. At our local Bunnings (hardware chain store in Australia) I found some chairs which were the same brand as our table so they kind of matched. They are aluminum with a nylon mesh seat and back which does have some padding in both. They aren’t too low to sit on and the back doesn’t lean too far back like some other chairs that were for sale at the shop.

I love our new chairs. They are so comfortable. They have changed how much we use the balcony. Admittedly I’m on holidays at the moment so I am home more but we got these a couple of weeks before my holidays started and we started using them from the day they arrived. We’ve sat at the table and eaten breakfast. I take my knitting and hand sewing out there and can do it comfortably. We live across from a busy health precinct, near the intersection of 2 main roads as well as 2 construction sites but we are still able to sit and relax out on the balcony. Both Mr StitchNSew and I are people watches so we watch the cars, trucks, buses, ambulances, helicopters go by. We watch the birds in the reserve that is below our balcony. Mr StitchNSew has set up a pot plant garden. Last week I was in a total knitting trance and didn’t even notice the fog roll in as I was sitting out there. I was relaxed and I was knitting. I don’t always find it easy to relax and I can only put it down to that I was sitting comfortably focused on my knitting.

The chairs we got weren’t the cheapest option but we invested in quality and comfort. The way we are now using the balcony they have paid for themselves already.

Cassiy

Face Masks From Fabric Stash

Someone joked on Instagram last week you haven’t been a sewer in 2020 until you made a face mask. I won’t go into the debate if they should be compulsory or not. In Australia depending where you live they aren’t mandatory, in NSW where I live it is only recommended you wear them. In some health facilities it is a requirement on entry to wear them. We started wearing them whenever we left the house after Mr StitchNSew came home from surgery in July. Wearing a mask is just another way for us to protect ourselves. I now wear them at work, at the gym, even if I go within areas of own building.

In terms of patterns and styles there are loads to choose from. Thornberry has a brilliant blog post reviewing the different styles with loads of links. If you’re going to make them at home I think you really need to try out a couple of styles to find out which is more comfortable for you or whoever you’re making them for as each persons face shape is different. Also there is the option to add nose wire or not. If you wear glasses you might need to experiment with a few, trialing with nose wire to see which is best and stops fogging. One tip I did learn is that you wear your glasses or sun glasses further down a little on your nose than normal to prevent fogging. That tip has been a game changer.

I initially tried out 2 styles, a 3D box style which if your familiar with masks in a medical setting are like duckbill masks and a curve style mask. The box style (from Japanese Sewing Books) was my first attempt. We both found it comfortable. It doesn’t feel restrictive on the face, you can talk and move your jaw easily. I freak out when they put the anaesthetic gas mask on you for surgery as I don’t like anything on my face like that but I can easily wear the 3D masks as they sit away from your face. I was going to make all our masks in this style but I thought I’d try out a curved style masks. The above photo was my first unfinished attempt. As soon as I put it on I felt more comfortable and that is the style I made all the our masks in. Mr StitchNSew also preferred the curve style but does wear the blue box one a lot. I even without knowing the fogging tip I found the curve style I fogged less between the 2. The pattern I used was a free one Erin (Dog Under My Desk) wrote. You need to join the mask Facebook group to get it. It come in sizes from small children to adult male with beard. The tutorial she has written is fantastic, having all the different options with clear instructions with photos. She also has a 3D style pattern as well.

You can make them with various fabrics, have removable filters, pockets for removable nose wires. I opted to make them with 3 layers of cotton fabrics and not to put the nose wire in. Some masks I did make the channel for the nose wire but upon wearing them I realised I didn’t need the wire for my face. The nose wire is to help prevent them from fogging. I have used prints for the outside and inside fabrics. For the inner layer which you don’t see I just used ugly fabrics in my stash. It would have been nice to go through fabric stash and find really cool prints or have them matching different outfits but to be honest I was time poor when I made these. I was making these between caring for Mr StitchNSew, working and doing all the chores around the house. I used whatever fabrics I could grab, some were already washed and ready to go from previous projects in recent times, others I quickly rewashed after being packed in boxes. In a zip lock bag I found a heaps of fabric squares cut for a quilting project which never eventuated so I used those for a lot of them. For the prints I wanted kind of fun ones as I would be wearing them at work in a paediatric hospital (I’m non clinical so I don’t have direct patient contact) I’m happy with the fabrics I used. For the ear elastic there are many options you can use. I opted to use strips of knit fabric that you thread through the elastic channel and tie off. I went through my knit fabric scraps and found a piece I think was keeping for undies. You pull the strip so that it rolls in on itself. Some of the ear elastics are on the print side like the ones above, others are white. The knit fabric doesn’t pull on your ears like regular elastic or mask elastic you can buy. It doesn’t fray in the wash. They aren’t too hot to wear even when exercising. I am making sure I drink plenty of water at the gym (sanitising my hands before touching my drink bottle each time) In Australia it has been our Autum/Winter pretty much during the pandemic so far. As we’ve moved into Spring I haven’t noticed a difference wearing these and feeling hot and I have done periods where I have walked for a couple of hours in them. As these are comfortable to wear I found I don’t touch my mask like others do wearing the disposable type.

When making these I discovered that the narrow end of a pressing ham is perfect for ironing your seams to one side on the curve style masks. I never thought I would be using my pressing ham to make masks but it made making these so much easier. I had a production line going where I was batching making each step. The pressing ham made the ironing portion of each one quick.

Our masks are stored in plastic crate on our side table. After they are washed and dried they are placed in the crate. They are near when I keep my keys so I grab one whenever I’m about to leave. After they are washed they do appear crinkled a bit as they are made from cottons but they don’t worry us. I guess if you wanted you could iron them but I’m lazy. Life is too short to worry about a few wrinkles.

Sadly it seems surgical masks are becoming the new cigarette butt in terms of street litter. We live across from a health precinct and see discarded ones on the streets around us all the time. Even outside our own building entrance. They are being found in parks and waterways world wide. Not everyone has access to reusable face masks and if I wasn’t a sewer we would most likely resort to using disposable ones ourselves. I just don’t understand why people can’t dispose of them correctly. They are a health hazard and environmental hazard when they are just discarded.

Many people have asked if I am making masks to sell. The answer is no, I am going to make some for my dad and maybe in some other prints I have cut out for us but that is it. There are many wonderful people making them to sell and good on them for doing so but not me. I didn’t enjoy making them. It was out of necessity not fun. If don’t enjoy making something then I am not going to unless I have to.

For a laugh I will warn you to be careful of fabric placement when sewing masks. My intention was to use the above mask as the outside layer until I stitched it up and looked at it. Just double check your prints before sewing! This became the layer which went against my face so no fabric was wasted here. Oh another little point don’t chew on mints with your mask and glasses on as your eyes will start watering.

Cassiy

Mindset “I Need A Treat”

If I haven’t mentioned it before I’m an overthinker. This post may be a little of that.

I’m not a big shopper, to be honest I don’t actually like it anymore. Years ago I would happily spend hours at the shops looking at stuff, buying and eating at different places. Now days I’m like “ok get in there and get out ASAP” and that was before Covid. I don’t do a lot of online shopping either. However I do find myself saying when I’m at the shops or even at home “I need a treat” It’s no secret this year our circumstances have changed. For the first time in my life I have to be a little more money conscious as I now have a mortgage and expenses that come with owning a property and we only have one income. For years I have been a frugal person. I save money on things I can so I can happily spend money on things we enjoy. For the most part that is easy but I finding it hard on some of the little things. The little purchases that you make without much thought as they don’t cost much but they all add up in the long run. The little purchases that you don’t really need but you just want at the time you see it.

I have made progress on my “Craft Vault” and unpacked all the yarn and fabrics that were in there. Even though I had gotten rid of lots of yarn and fabrics prior to the move I still have heaps. I realised that I haven’t purchased fabric or yarn for me in over 12 months. Even though I can clearly see how much fabric I have I suddenly thought “I should go fabric shopping” No no you shouldn’t! I have lots of amazing fabric, why is my mind ignoring that and instead saying I want more? I don’t want to repeat what I did before of having lots and lots of items in my stash and not doing anything with them. At the shops I picked up a book that was on the topic of eating sustainable wise and frugal. It was on sale and I really wanted to get it. I almost purchased it but I stopped and thought about what I was doing. Don’t get me wrong the subject was very interesting and important but I don’t need a book to tell me how to do it when it is something I am actually doing already. I have another book in mind which goes through ways to use up odd bits off food. I will end up ordering the other book as I think it will be very beneficial but it didn’t stop the thought at the time that I wanted that nice book that was in front of me. If I’d gotten the book in front of me yes I would have read it then it would just sit on my bookshelf taking up space. I really want things of value, that I can use long term not just for small amounts of time. It is hard to shift that mindset of “I need a treat or this doesn’t cost much I can get it” I’m not going without things, I’m not missing out on anything. Yes it is important to treat yourself every now and then but it doesn’t need to be all the time which is something I am struggling with at times. When does a “treat” become a habit?

Maybe I am just overthinking things

Cassiy

 

Scrap Busting Apple Core Blanket Begins

I love Stylecraft yarn. It is my favourite acrylic yarn to work with. It is so soft and is easy to work with. After making a few blankets and other projects with it I have a large amount of scraps. I have finally unpacked all my yarn and realised I have 2 bags full of yarn scraps. I had been keeping them aside to make a project but I hadn’t really decided on one.

I searched on Ravelry for ideas. I didn’t really want to do a crochet blanket. I love the look of scrappy crochet blankets but in my mind I wanted a knitted blanket. I came across the apple core blanket. It is a knitted version of the traditional apple core quilt block. You knit individual blocks then join them together. I saved it in my favourites as I was looking for ideas but I kept going back to look at it. When I start doing that it is an indicator that I really like something.

 

After printing the pattern I spent a couple of afternoons/evenings working on it. The pattern is really easy to follow. At the most you have 18 stitches on your needle so these knit up pretty fast. If you’re a beginner this project is perfect as you learn how to increase and decrease stitches. With 18 stitches maximum if you make a mistake it is easy to pull it off your needles and restart again. The pattern gives instructions on how to do a sewn bind off, it is like a mini kitchener stitch but you’re only taking stitches off one needle. It is really easy to do and gives the bind off a nice look. To join them I’m doing a simple whip stitch from either the bind off tail or cast on tail. The tails are in the middle of the curve so I am slipping them through the back of the along one side so that I can join from a corner of the block.

You can either make all the blocks and join them at the end or join them after making each one. Just to get a feel of it I joined them after knitting them but from now on I’ll do them in chunks. I’ll knit up heap then spend an afternoon joining them. I’m using 4mm needles which I don’t have many of. I use 4mm needles a lot as most of my yarn is 8ply weight. This is going to be an ongoing project which may take me months or even years. I didn’t really want to have a pair of my 4mm circulars out of action for that long. I tried knitting them on straight needles but because I’m not used to knitting on straights anymore they felt long and awkward. In my needle stash I found a mini 4mm circular. It is perfect for this project as I won’t be using it for anything else. The first couple of blocks I knitted felt a bit strange as the needle tips are really short. I found knitting continental style was more comfortable on the small needles.

Originally I was going to use a mix of DK and Aran scraps as I have both in the Stylecraft brand. Aran is a 10ply and the blocks weren’t the same size when I attempted one. When it came to joining them to the other blocks it would be hard to fit them in. I don’t have a lot of Aran scraps so I will use them in another project at some point. I have no idea what size this blanket will eventually be. At this point I’m kind of starting from the corner out. This is my long term relaxing knit project. I’ll work on it when I want some mindless knitting. I might not pick it up for weeks or months but that’s ok. I don’t know if you would call it funny or how best to explain it but sometimes my yarn or fabric stash stresses me out a bit but once I decide what I am going to do with it I become a bit more relaxed. Crafting is meant to be my relaxing time but I can get overwhelmed by all the tools or stashes that comes along with it. It is fun going to into your stash and finding a project it from it but I also like having a plan a for it too.

Cassiy

Garter Eyes Cowl

As I was nearing the end of my Lucky Dip shawl I started going through my boxes of yarn trying to find my next project. As my yarn is still packed I don’t have any list of projects. I know what some of the yarn I have is but to be honest I really don’t remember what I still have.

I came across 2 50g balls of Papyrus by Fibra Natura. From vague memory I think I possibly brought it to make a gift for someone but to be honest I can’t remember. One ball had the tag removed so it looked like I had started something but I don’t have a clue what. The yarn is a cotton/silk blend and felt so soft and squishy. I decided I wanted to make something for myself as I knew it would be ok so close to my skin. I have yarn sensitivity so sadly a lot of yarns I can’t have directly on my skin.

I searched Ravelry and found the Garter Eyes Cowl I really like the look of the pattern and it used the yarn weight I had which is a light weight 3ply. The pattern only calls for 1 ball but I decided to use the 2 and just make it longer. It is knit as a flat piece on the bias from one corner until you reach a certain amount of stiches, once you reach the length you want you then decrease to form the other corner. Lastly you join the 2 ends together. It doesn’t actually tell you the method to join the 2 ends so I did just double crochet. I used 3mm needles and tried to keep my stitches loose so it would drape nice at the end. The pattern isn’t hard but in all honesty it took me 4 attempts before I got it right. The first 2 times I messed up my stitch count along the first corner section. Finally the pattern clicked in my head but on my 3rd attempt I missed the last lot of eyelet stitches as you start to work the main body of the piece. Had I not messed up some many times I would’ve easily finished this in a week.

I can loop it twice around my neck and it sits comfortably. I don’t feel like it is choking me at all. Depending on how it sits you can see the join section but I’m not bothered at all. I love the colour. It will go with a lot of my wardrobe (not that I really colour coordinate things) It is so light weight that I know I will get a lot of wear out of it, if I do get too hot and need to take it off it isn’t heavy or bulky to carry.

I used my good yarn on me decluttering some from my stash. I have a wearable piece for me which I know will get worn a lot. I call that a winning project all round.

Cassiy