Technically I am a knitter.
If someone asked me "can you knit?",
the answer is "oh, yes, but I haven't for a very long time"
As in about 30 years.
And as to what I ever knitted, I don't think much at all.
I could cast on, knit, purl and cast off.
But I have never ever knitted anything beyond a scarf
(and a very plain one at that)
The knitting bug hit me a few weeks ago.
And this is where the "impatient git" label in my personal profile can be noted.
Instead of making a few scarves or dishclothes or the like,
I started buying dress and jacket patterns for me and my offspring.
So making the following was a bit of a learning curve.
It wasn't really difficult
but as a beginner knitter, I did learn a lot.
Pattern: Garnstudio and DropsDesign wrap-around jacket in 2 strands
Yarn: Cleckheaton Country Natural 8 ply
It is knitted as a double yarn
and in spite of the pattern stating 700 grams (14 balls).
I used 30 balls of wool.
So it is heavy, very warm and very expensive.
First lesson learnt- check the wool you are buying to that the pattern is made for.
I didn't make the collar as wide as in the pattern.
I wouldn't have had enough wool but I also didn't want it to be too droopy.
Overall I am only unhappy with the final cost,
not helped by the fact that I bought most of the wool at spotlight the day before their 60% off yarn sale started.
I can't begin to tell you how heavy it is and it is chunkier than I was thinking
but as a "snuggle up and keep warm" jummper for winter,
it is perfect.
Shame that it is 25 degrees here today...