Have I mentioned lately how obsessed I am with Ravelry? A couple months ago I came across this lovely sweater......and knew I had to make it. Short-sleeved sweaters are perfect for Galway summers, since it doesn't often get warm enough for tank tops or t-shirts. Chris (littlemarchhare on Ravelry) is making this jumper in Rowan 4-Ply Cotton, and she very generously offered to email me a scan of the original pattern. The pamphlet isn't dated, but it looks to be from the '40s, wouldn't you say? The button placement and sloped neckline seem so modern. Here's my swatch (I'm using Rowan Cashcotton 4-ply in chartreuse):
The twist stitch felt pretty awkward at first, but now I'm whizzing along. (Mind you, it'll still be awhile before I finish this thing—I've got a few other projects to finish up before it gets my full attention.) And I spotted some awesome pale green iridescent shell buttons at Hickey's (at the Eyre Square Shopping Centre) awhile back. They'll be perfect.
I want to scan one of my vintage patterns to email Chris to thank her—I just received the most incredible stash of crochet booklets from the late teens (!!!), which my uncle came across while moving his mom into assisted living. (Thanks, Uncle John!) So far the only thing I've crocheted is the Babette blanket, so my skills are still totally basic, but looking at all those intricate hankie and yoke edgings (to put on the collar of a nightshirt or dress or what have you) gets me eager to improve!