Knitting on the veranda

DSC_0153_editWhen I was packing for my travels, I set upon knitting as the perfect way to feed my creative habit, make a new garment and keep me entertained all in one. I selected a beautiful white cotton yarn and sweater dress pattern from the usual suspects, Wool and the Gang, and I carefully packed two sets of knitting needles, all the yarn I would need for a project and the component parts that were already complete.

That was four weeks ago, and I haven’t lifted a knitting needle in anger since. I’ve written extensively, read six very trashy novels, exercised my hand sewing, and completed a Pokemon game. Again. But somehow after completing my red coat back in December, the knitting mojo has deserted me.


DSC_0157_editBut earlier in the week I finally sat down and forced myself to get going again. I unpacked my knitting, loaded the stitches back onto the needles, and set to. Somehow the chilled out pace of life in the Adelaide hills, where my aunt and uncle live, has re-energised my passion for knitting. I’m not ashamed to admit that I adore the middle class lifestyle in Adelaide – a local veg shop more beautiful than anything London has to offer, lunch in the Central Market, leisurely strolls around the botanic gardens, and window shopping in the East End. And having a sunny veranda overlooking a beautiful garden from which to knit definitely helps! When my fingers get tired I can watch the bronze wings and kookaburras washing in the bird bath, or keep a beady eye out for koalas in the gum trees by the swimming pool.


DSC_0140_editThe pattern I’m working on at the moment is the Freya sweater dress in brilliant white cotton yarn. It’s another simple pattern with two rectangles for front and back, and two for the sleeves, but there is some shaping at the neck to give the dress a boat neckline. I have one panel finished so far, and to be honest I’m not thrilled with it. The stocking stitch is annoyingly uneven in places, which could be fixed with some blocking I expect, but the neckline also has some funky tension issues and looks pretty messy. Oh well, I shall get on with the second panel and try to make it better!

DSC_7821_editThis charming fellow is the first koala I have ever seen, settled into a gum tree at the bottom of the garden for a snooze.

When I grow up I want a house with a veranda. And koalas. I love Australia.

What do you think?

  • Regarding the neckline, you could try slipping the first stitch of each row instead of knitting it (I always do this in stocking stitch, it makes for much neater, prettier edges) – that might help the ‘steps’ of the cast offs blend a bit better. Alternatively, does the pattern call for any finishing on the neckline, like a border of any kind? If so, you’ll probably pick up stitches just below the steppy bits, so they won’t show. If not, you could always add one anyway (patterns are made to be broken, right?!) – a nice row or two of crochet would look ace, either in the same colour or a contrast.

    Hope that helped!

    Loving the Song of the Stitch World Tour by the way….


    • The crochet idea is ace, thank you! I’ve just checked my pattern and I think it includes a band, but I might actually miss that bit in favour of some hooky action :).

      Glad your enjoying the travel scribbles – it’s been so nice to have loads to time to write whatever comes into my head. Although I have been known to sulk when, after two hours of careful post construction and photo editing, there is no suitable wifi available to upload it! I really need to work on that technology dependence thing…


  • I do love a good crochet edging. I don’t actually know *how* to crochet, so I may not be doing what the designer had in mind, but I’m making something pretty at least…!

    Can’t wait to see the finished item 🙂 x