A Place to Knit: Jumper 16

So, this is the end of the project. I feel quite sad to be finishing, it’s been great fun and a wonderful challenge.

I made this patchwork design to use up the ends of the yarns; not quite enough of any single shade to make the last jumper, so a mix of all of them. Looking back over each design I remember where I worked on them, comments from friends, colleagues and followers, and late nights keeping up with the schedule. This jumper, too is a patchwork of memories. Knitting at home, in my children’s music lessons, concerts, diving classes, the school yard, cafes, airports, beaches, Scotland, Italy.

“Which number are you on now?”

“I liked your story for numbers 9 and 10, my teenager solves my technical problems too.”

“Morning Chris, how was your day off? I’ve brought you the next jumper. A latte would be lovely, thanks”

“Hey, Hannah. I had number 7 with my coffee this morning.”

“What are you knitting? Really? For beer bottles?”

“A friend of one of your friends came in this morning looking for your jumpers, she’s sat just around the corner hoping to meet you.”

“We had number 6 on our table and Maxim knocked over his hot chocolate. It went all over the colouring things, down his front, on the floor (the dog licked it up), but at least the red jumper escaped the flood.”

“You mean they’re just left there? On the Tables? Somebody will steal one.”
“No, not here. This is Marchmont.”

Little pieces of story woven through the fabric of a welcoming, bustling cafe; a wonderful community project for a wonderful community. Thank you Red Box, thank you Marchmont, and thank you reader.

This jumper was brought to you by Hannah Sanguinetti, working with all the yarns used in this project, 4mm double-pointed needles, paper collage, ink and pencil.

I am lucky enough to have a fantastic yarn shop on my road, Be Inspired Fibres, and this acts as my extended yarn stash. All of my yarn for this project is sourced from this beautiful shop.

You can go and see these jumpers as of TODAY on display as table-number bottles in Red Box Coffee, 2-6 Spottiswoode Rd, Edinburgh EH9 1BQ.

A Place to Sleep: Jumper 15

Snuffles has a blanket in the kitchen.
Snuffles has a box in the hall.
Snuffles can sleep on the sagging old sofa,
tightly curled up like a ball.

No Cats allowed in the knitting.
No cats sleeping on the bed.
Take Snuffles out of the laundry bag
and put him somewhere else instead.

The blanket is too cold and soggy
from the morning’s shower of rain
The sofa’s too full of teenager
The box is far too plain.

Snuffles finds himself a quiet corner
Snuffles seeks a smell he loves the best:
Snuffles takes his owner’s favourite jumper
to make himself a comfy nest.

What will she say if she sees him?
Perhaps it’s better not to tell.
I didn’t know, it’s not the knitting or the bed.
Is a jumper out of bounds as well?

This jumper was brought to you by Hannah Sanguinetti, working with: Malabrigo Worsted yarn in ‘Sealing Wax’, 4mm double-pointed needles, paper collage, ink and pencil.

I am lucky enough to have a fantastic yarn shop on my road, Be Inspired Fibres, and this acts as my extended yarn stash. All of my yarn for this project is sourced from this beautiful shop. For those of you who don’t have a yarn shop near by, why don’t you come to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival this March? There is more yarn than you can possibly imagine, and you could pop in to Red Box and take a look at my red jumpers too.

You can go and see these jumpers as of TODAY on display as table-number bottles in Red Box Coffee, 2-6 Spottiswoode Rd, Edinburgh EH9 1BQ.

Red Box Jumper 6: Fisherman’s Rib

One, two, three, four, five
Once I caught a boy alive.

Six, seven, eight, nine, ten
Then I let him go again.

Why did I let him go?
Because I loved his jumper so.

A fishermans’ rib caught on the line.
Finders keepers: now it’s mine.

This jumper was brought to you by Hannah Sanguinetti, working with; red Orkney yarn from Hammerbrake Farm on the isle of Orkney, 4mm double-pointed needles, paper collage, ink, brush and pencil.

I am lucky enough to have a fantastic yarn shop on my road, Be Inspired Fibres, and this acts as my extended yarn stash. All of my yarn for this project is sourced from this beautiful shop. For those of you who don’t have a yarn shop near by, why don’t you come to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival this March? There is more yarn than you can possibly imagine, and you could pop in to Red Box and take a look at my red jumpers too.

You can go and see this jumper as of TODAY on display as a table-number bottle in Red Box Coffee, 2-6 Spottiswoode Rd, Edinburgh EH9 1BQ. And if you can’t see it out, ask the staff!

Red Box Jumper 5: Poncho Mamma

I carried all of my babies. I loved it. It felt right to have them so close and so cosy; reassuringly safe yet out of the way both at the same time. Having a carrying sling gave me back the use of my hands and arms without the sacrifice of putting my baby down.

It’s an interesting thought that the society my children were born into tries very hard to put babies down: to cache them in a pram or a cot rather than carry them as our evolutionary ancestors did. I never considered this at the time; I just did whatever felt natural and whatever seemed to work best, and that was baby wearing. And of course, wearing my poncho which fitted over both baby and me.

I still wear the poncho and although my children are grown. It reminds me of the sound and smell of a warm baby sleeping on my back, whiffling breaths just behind my ear.

This jumper was brought to you by Hannah Sanguinetti, working with: John Arbon Knit by Numbers merino double knit in shade KBN 19 on 4mm double-pointed needles, ink, brush and pencil.

I am lucky enough to have a fantastic yarn shop on my road, Be Inspired Fibres, and this acts as my extended yarn stash. All of my yarn for this project is sourced from this beautiful shop. For those of you who don’t have a yarn shop near by, why don’t you come to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival this March? There is more yarn than you can possibly imagine, and you could pop in to Red Box and take a look at my red jumpers too.

You can go and see this jumper as of TODAY on display as a table-number bottle in Red Box Coffee, 2-6 Spottiswoode Rd, Edinburgh EH9 1BQ. And if you can’t see it out, ask the staff!

Red Box Jumper 4: Guernsey Girl

Ellie hadn’t know the beach could be so exciting in winter.
The waves were very fast and sneaky, and much higher than her wellies.

Ellie and Daddy had to find a warm cafe very quickly, and now Ellie is
trying hard not to spill hot chocolate on Daddy’s jumper.
Or his socks.
Daddy says they have enough wet things already.

The hot chocolate is very yummy.

This jumper was brought to you by Hannah Sanguinetti, working with: Orkney Wool from Hammerbrake Farm, Orkney, on 4mm double-pointed needles, paper collage, brush and ink.

I am lucky enough to have a fantastic yarn shop on my road, Be Inspired Fibres, and this acts as my extended yarn stash. All of my yarn for this project is sourced from this beautiful shop. For those of you who don’t have a yarn shop near by, why don’t you come to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival this March? There is more yarn than you can possibly imagine, and you could pop in to Red Box and take a look at my red jumpers too.

You can go and see this jumper as of TODAY on display as a table-number bottle in Red Box Coffee, 2-6 Spottiswoode Rd, Edinburgh EH9 1BQ. And if you can’t see it out, ask the staff!

Red Box Jumper 3: Moss Stitch Dog Jumper

Time for a walk, yes, a walk. Door open. Smell the air.
Sniff. Sniff. Cold, crisp.

She’s got the shoes on. Coat on. Keys. Ball, yes, ball. Ready to go!

Wait, what’s this?

Tangled and tight and dark. Help! Stop!

Light again, I’m out. Phew. Breathe.

“New jumper, Monty.”

Jumper?

Hmm. Jumper.
Itchy.
Warm though.

We’re off! Out, yes, out.
Sniff… Sniff…

Jumper. Itchy.

“Look after it Monty, no mud today.”

Sniff, sniff, here’s a friend smell.
Jumper. Hmm.

Hey, park! PARK! PARK!
Run, run, run, puddle, yes puddle, jump…

jumper…

This jumper was brought to you by Hannah Sanguinetti, working with: Malabrigo Worsted Yarn in shade ‘Sealing Wax’ on 5mm double-pointed needles, paper collage, brush and ink, and graphite stick.

I am lucky enough to have a fantastic yarn shop on my road, Be Inspired Fibres, and this acts as my extended yarn stash. All of my yarn for this project is sourced from this beautiful shop. For those of you who don’t have a yarn shop near by, why don’t you come to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival this March? There is more yarn than you can possibly imagine, and you could pop in to Red Box and take a look at my red jumpers too.

You can go and see this jumper as of TODAY on display as a table-number bottle in Red Box Coffee, 2-6 Spottiswoode Rd, Edinburgh EH9 1BQ. And if you can’t see it out, ask the staff!