Last week I was put in touch with a lady who, very generously, had a lot of yarn to donate to Loving Hands. It was all coned yarn, and I filled my car with around 100 cones. Coned yarn is normally sold for use with knitting machines and is often very fine. Most of this, however, was 4 ply, which is great for hand knitting too. I advertised the yarn on our Loving Hands forum, and I have been busy this week sending out boxes of it to groups and individual members.
I have kept some cones for me to use too, and I couldn't resist knitting a garment this week. I chose 2 cones, one in grey and one in a grey / multicolour mix, to put together to make worsted or aran weight. As it happens, a couple of weeks ago, before I knew about this donation, I bought myself a wool winder. Boy, has it been useful this week!
When I started knitting a cardigan, my intention had been that, with plenty of grey in the yarn, it would be for a boy. By the time I came to knitting the button bands, I was not so sure.
I consulted my colleagues on the Loving Hands forum, and they almost unanimously confirmed that this should be a girl's cardigan. So I put the buttonholes on the girl's side, and, sure enough, when it was all sewn up and finished, it could only be destined for a little girl.
It is 26 inches across the chest, so should fit a five to six year old. Although the photo doesn't pick them up well, I found some sparkly oval buttons which I acquired from the Scrapstore, and they finish it off perfectly. A big thank you is due to Nicola, who made the yarn donation; it will keep lots of LH members busy for many months to come!