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At long last {Miele Cardigan for Baby S)


Once upon a time a knitter discovered sock knitting.  `She saw how wonderfully soft and fluffy were the hand knit socks, and how toasty warm her feet were when she wore them and she was hooked.  Now Regia self striping yarn is a wonderful thing, and watching the stripes unfurl is extremely satisfying but our knitter dreamt of cables and lace and knot patterns and all sorts of wonderful things that would not show up knit in faux fair isle.  She saw on blogs all the wonderful of slightly varigated yarn, and heard tell of the softness and generally all round loveliness of the yarn in question, but as this was in the era before sock knitting really hit the big time Regia self striping was the be all and end all.  And then she went to a knitting show and saw, there on the stand before her, a pile of the holy grail.  A pile of tightly twisted skeins in all colours of the rainbow, all bearing the label “Lorna’s Laces“.

The sky could have opened at that moment, the heavens appears and a mass of celestial angels, cherubim and seraphim descended with a full orchestra singing tales of all things wooly and our knitter would not have noticed.  She was far too busy deliberating between all the different colours.  In the end she chose two and they were brought home, loved cuddled, adored and placed as the pinnacle of her yarn stash.

One colour way was knit up into a pair of socks that were made so long ago that they predate Ravelry (though for the record they are still going strong today) and the other, Irving Park, was precious.  It was the only remaining Lorna’s Laces in the stash, and this was also before the days of Paypal so getting more was a bit of a challenge.  And so it has sat there, loved, but never knit since *cough* 2006.  It was clearly waiting for something very special.

Space for the Butterflies - Miele Cardigan

And now I have knit it.  Knit it into a tiny little Miele cardigan for the first daughter for a dear friend and colleague of mine.

Space for the Butterflies - Miele Cardigan

The pattern is gorgeously dainty, without having too many lacey bits to catch on tiny fingers, and I love how the yarn has knitted up.  A lot of the time I try to avoid variegated yarn for anything other than socks, because sometimes it can pool awkwardly and push a gorgeous piece of knitting perilously close to the border between being handmade and looking homemade, but the knitting fates were in my favour and the colours just ripple from pink to purple and back to red.  It’s feminine without being screaming pink and the colours are lovely and warm so they won’t wash out a new little girl.  And because it’s Lorna’s Laces sock yarn it’s as soft as butter, it will go in the washing machine at 40, and it’s warm without being heavy, little miss isn’t going to get pinned down by the weight of her knitwear.

Space for the Butterflies - Miele Cardigan

All I have to do now is hope that it fits.  You see I know that Pip is generally considered a giant baby, and my girls really aren’t that far behind him on the centile charts but I’m rather hoping, nay praying, that not all babies arrive quite so big because the intended owner …..was born a month ago. And a bit.  Maybe another couple of weeks sort of a bit.


But as we’ve had some wonderfully glorious English weather of late I suspect even a little newborn won’t really have needed a wooly cardie.  Now that Wimbledon’s in full swing, and the Ashes has started it’s almost guaranteed to rain incessantly for the entire rest of the summer, it will keep her snug and warm while the storms rage.  After all, knitting stretches doesn’t it.

Space for the Butterflies - Miele Cardigan

Ravelry notes are here



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  • sally 10/07/2015 at 8:43 am

    It’s beautiful, and your friend is truly honoured that you broke into such a precious stash! I have fabric a bit like that, and it tends to only get used for close family, as in staying in the house! I do love variegated wools, even though, as a non knitter, I am clearly unappreciative of the difficulties they pose in pooling.

    • Carie 10/07/2015 at 9:09 pm

      Oh I definitely have a few things that are only going to family – and definitely some fabric that is not to leave the house, but I’m not exactly short of yarn so I can part with this happily!

  • Wendy McDonagh-Valentine 10/07/2015 at 5:02 pm

    What a great job you did on this!! The colors are so beautiful and make me yearn for fall!! Lol!! Have a wonderful weekend!! xo

    ~ Wendy

    • Carie 10/07/2015 at 9:09 pm

      Thank you, and you too!

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 10/07/2015 at 7:41 pm

    Beautiful as always Carie!

    • Carie 10/07/2015 at 9:09 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Mandycharlie 11/07/2015 at 12:23 am

    Gorgeous gorgeousness.

    • Carie 11/07/2015 at 9:53 pm

      thank you lovely 🙂

  • Jenny Benton 11/07/2015 at 6:37 am

    I love it – so pretty and girlie!! Great job.

    • Carie 11/07/2015 at 9:53 pm

      thank you very much 🙂

  • Valerie Reynolds 11/07/2015 at 2:10 pm

    This little cardigan is adorably sweet!!! Love the details in the pattern and variegated yarn.

    • Carie 11/07/2015 at 9:55 pm

      Thank you – it’s a really cute pattern!

  • Barbara 11/07/2015 at 2:56 pm

    What a delicate little piece. The details are so sweet. A lucky child!

    • Carie 11/07/2015 at 9:55 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Lynn 11/07/2015 at 4:16 pm

    Beautiful little cardigan. I love the sweet details you knitted into it. I hope it fit too.

    • Carie 11/07/2015 at 9:56 pm

      Oh I’ll have my fingers and toes crossed until it arrives safely!

  • Snowcatcher 11/07/2015 at 4:25 pm

    Not only is this little baby sweater beautiful, but you are a very talented writer, too. I feel stitched into your lovely prose!

    • Carie 11/07/2015 at 9:56 pm

      Aww thank you very much 🙂

  • GeminiJen NZ 12/07/2015 at 12:44 am

    Very clever! My knitting skills only go as far as scarves so I admire anyone who can handle anything more difficult that that – well done!

    • Carie 12/07/2015 at 8:35 am

      Thank you – it’s always easy when you know how isn’t it!

  • Jasmine 12/07/2015 at 3:24 am

    I don’t know what is prettier, the cardigan or the pictures of it.

    • Carie 12/07/2015 at 8:35 am

      Aww thank you very much 🙂

  • Katie 12/07/2015 at 5:22 am

    This is gorgeous! What a treasure 🙂

    • Carie 12/07/2015 at 8:37 am

      thank you 🙂

  • Natalie @ Little Jam Pot Life Blog 13/07/2015 at 10:09 pm

    This is stunning! x

    • Carie 13/07/2015 at 10:56 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • suzy Mae 14/07/2015 at 11:12 am

    What a sweet cardigan and thoughtful gift. The colours are so pretty!

    • Carie 14/07/2015 at 10:38 pm

      Thank you, they are, aren’t they!

  • Debbie 23/07/2015 at 4:06 pm

    Hi! I love your sweater. I”m currently knitting this sweater & I have a question about working the sleeves. I just finished knitting the Body & the pattern says to place sts. on a holder. Next step, CO on sts. for sleeve(s). My question: do I cut the yarn, then CO for the sleeves? OR…do not cut yarn & CO sleeves on a separate needle? Thanks in advance.

    • Carie 24/07/2015 at 8:56 pm

      Cut the yarn and knit the sleeves separately, then you join it all together for the yoke – I’ve sent you an email too 🙂