Joining in with Ginny’s Yarn-a-long.

That’s the name of the pattern – the hippie cardigan – such a sweet creation from the lovely and talented Meiju from Finland.  I so recommend you check her out here and here – her knitting and designs are beautiful.

in the garden

I so enjoyed knitting this cardigan.  I love the pattern – easy to follow, gorgeous construction.  I love the wool I chose – Cleckheaton Naturals for the stripes and a lovely discontinued Cleckheaton merino and silk blend for the rest of body and arms.  The cardigan in the pattern is intended as a summer cardigan and so is in beautiful summery colours – I wanted rich warm colours for winter so went for a much darker palette.   I would knit the hippie cardigan again without hesitation.

side on

And that’s exactly what I may have to do …


When I began knitting this cardie – way back in January? – I was 12 kilos heavier than I am now.  So what was a fitted bodice is now a baggy bodice – and a couple of stripes too long – and the raglans don’t provide that lovely – wanted – crisp definition for my shoulders.  Bugger.

kind of hairy

There’s just so much fabric around my upper body and armholes.  Such looseness in the upper sleeves.  And yet I think, as a cardigan, it is really pretty.  I love the garter stitch bands.  I love the crocheted edging.  I love the one piece construction.  I love raglan shaping.  I love how the “skirt” flares out slightly.  I adore the leather buttons Julian made me.  I love how I’ve shrunk.  I just don’t like how the cardigan didn’t shrink along with me ;-)

the bottom

It’s just a wee bit too big.  And given I’m still hoping to lose another 6 kilos – it will only get bigger.  It would be awesome if I COULD shrink it.  But that is such a finger shredding, imperfect science.  Knowing my luck, the cardigan would end up fitting Fu.

from the back

I know I shall want to wear it.  I put so many hours of knitty pleasure into this – and I even finished it –  of course I want to wear it!  And it will be lovely and cosy.  It’s just too baggy.

Hmmmm …. maybe I will just need to knit another, smaller hippie cardigan and I can have one for around the home when cosy comfort is the name of the game.  And one for when I want a little more pizzazz.  Oh dear, that will mean more wool.  And more knitting.  Such a shame.

As for my reading …. well, it’s the Sydney Writer’s Festival this week and every day I’ve heard fabulous authors being interviewed about their books on Radio National.  My favourites include Andrew Solomon and his book “Far From the Tree”  and Karima Bennoune and her book “Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here”.

I’ve heard/seen Andrew twice now and am so very impressed with the love and compassion he radiates for fellow human beings.  The stories he related on Margaret Throsby’s program on Monday were incredibly moving and brought me to tears on several occasions.  As a mama whose daughter is not as close to the tree as I thought she’d be, and as an almost nurse who will be caring and relating to “different” people everyday, I know that there will be a lot of helpful wisdom in this book.  And even the pain, sadness and sometimes complete shunning Andrew relates from families who simply do not cope with their different child will give me so much to think about and allow me to walk just a wee bit in the shoes of others – such an invaluable practice.  Sometimes, I think it’s easy to expect that the people we love and those we meet will, of course, do the things we expect them to do.  When they don’t, I think it’s part of being human to find this a bit surprising or even shocking.  And yet, there are so very many ways of being, that to expect any such compliance is to set yourself up for disappointment.  Don’t you think?

As for “Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here” – such a fascinating topic and if it’s as good as her interview on the Religion Report tonight – and as the Booklist review says – wow!  I can’t wait.  The kind of book that presents such a different and often unknown and unnoticed world to me – I LOVE that.  I felt like that about “The Sewing Circles of Herat” and “Sharon and My Mother-in-law”  – glimpses from fascinating and thoughtful people in such far away places, usually only seen in the news headlines – they so eloquently share their lived experience that it can completely transform my understanding of a place or situation.

However, I do not yet have either of these books – they feel like the books I will want to hold in my hand, flip back and forth between different stories and pages, underline with my pencil, look at on my bookshelf, take down over and over again, and waggle in front of  my family and friends.  I know you can theoretically do the same things with a kindle – but really, it’s not quite the same is it.  So I’ve ordered beautiful, real, heavy, papery copies of them and am now checking the letterbox with anticipation every day.

Until then – I might just pick up Sharon and My Mother-in-law again.  It’s been a few years since I’ve read this – just the right amount of passed time to find fresh delight in her stories again.

my hippie cardigan and the books I’m longing to read

16 thoughts on “my hippie cardigan and the books I’m longing to read

  • May 21, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Love your hippie cardigan, the look and the name :) More wool and more knitting? Yes!!

  • May 21, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    The cardigan is stunning, a sheer delight. I love the pattern and the wool. its beautiful.

  • May 22, 2014 at 12:48 am

    What a lovely cardigan. I love the colours, the frilly bits, the stripes, the buttons: in fact everything.

  • May 22, 2014 at 2:53 am

    Wow it’s beautiful! I love the colours you’ve used, the length of the cardigan, the little picot details… It’s just gorgeous.

  • May 22, 2014 at 4:15 am

    your cardigan is lovely and I’m sad that it doesn’t fit the way you want. I think you should knit another for fittedness and keep this one like a coat for transitional weather days. Lovely colors!!

  • May 22, 2014 at 4:39 am

    Lovely colors! I wish I had the patience to finish a grown up sweater. For now all I seem to get done is baby things. Beautiful sweater.

  • May 22, 2014 at 6:45 am

    The sweater is gorgeous! Such a shame about the size :( I agree that keeping it as very comfy at-home sweater might be the best solution.

    Congratulations on losing 26 kilos! You look wonderful! I know it is no small task. Keep up the hard work!

  • May 22, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I’ll bet when the weather changes to COLD and you have layers underneath, you might be surprised that it fits much better….in the meantime—-reason to make another!!!! It’s gorgeous!

  • May 22, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Beautiful cardy. An oversized cardy is perfect for cold days when an extra layer is required.
    More knitting is good too with the changing season.

  • May 22, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    You look lovely in those colors! I am reading Far From The Tree now and am totally smitten. Andrew Solomon is an amazing author and if his books are any predictors, an amazing man.

  • May 22, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Love the cardigan!!!

    I’m in the process of possibly crocheting a ‘hippy jacket’ in granny squares :)

  • May 22, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Hi Lily,

    Do you know I saw a pic of you a couple of weeks ago I think in your backyard and thought to myself “that girl is looking terrific” but didn’t like to ask if you’d lost weight. so now I can tell you you do look wonderful with or without that super cardi. I’ve only lost 3kgs but need to loose another 5or 6.
    Well done you.!!!!
    Blessings Gail.

  • May 22, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Wow, congratulations on your weight loss, very impressive. I love your cardigan, it will be great to wear around the house. At least you liked the pattern, so you can enjoy it all over again. Fun!!

  • May 23, 2014 at 8:26 am

    the cardie is beautiful, I would certainly keep it for comfy at home wear, it is so important to have something long enough to keep your back warm when you are busy or just sitting crafting.Sitting still can make you quite chilly, so I now have a “hotty” to put on my lap or at my back, as I don’t use the gas heater unless it gets really cold.
    Your Mum”s jumper looks like just the thing I would like to make, what pattern is it please ?

  • May 25, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    BEAUTIFUL:))) You wear it well:)

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