Fair Isle Cardigan 6- 9 months

Fair Isle Cardigan (Debbie Bliss The Baby Knits Book, Ebury Press 2002)

Another Debbie Bliss Fair Isle cardigan – such a delight to make and (experience suggests) a pleasure to receive  too – quite incommensurate with the effort put into making it. The pattern is from Debbie Bliss The Baby Knits Book, Ebury Press 2002 and the yarn is her baby cashmerino, the main colour being navy.

Fair Isle Cardigan (Debbie Bliss The Baby Knits Book, Ebury Press 2002)

What peculiar times we live in. I’m not quite in the age category to be advised to stay home although having a great affinity to any passing flu bug, I am being cautious. I have a bit of susceptibility for respiratory infections I think because my childhood ailments include emphysema (induced by over inflation of the lungs during an operation to have my tonsils and adenoids removed) and whooping cough (spending 6 weeks on a mattress on the dining room table in a tiny room with a constant coal fire which my father had decided was better for me than lying in a cold unheated bedroom!), added to which I’ve had pneumonia at least once in adult life. Meanwhile, my husband, fifteen years older than me, has a splendid respiratory system. There will be some irony if I am the only one allowed to go out and forage for food!.

Fair Isle Cardigan (Debbie Bliss The Baby Knits Book, Ebury Press 2002)

My husband’s main medical problem is ankylosing spondylitis in which the small bones in the spine fuse. He doesn’t have it severely and usually copes with the pain by lying down on his back for 15 minutes or so. Sometimes he takes paracetamol. Irony number 2 in this blog is that at the moment you can’t find paracetamol to buy anywhere, yet a couple of years ago I was so worried that he was accumulating too many boxes of the pills which came with repeat prescriptions for something else, that I made him stop getting any more on prescription, feeling we should buy them ourselves. (Now, no paracetamol are available on prescription.) He’s philosophical and will cope.

Sample Fair Isle pattern in different colours

And thinking about childhood ailments, I feel for the benefit of my grandchildren who may one day read this blog, I should remind them of the nasty illnesses that they no longer have to suffer as long as sufficient people take up inoculations on offer. Whooping cough was horrible and often had long term consequences. Measles was also not very nice. Somehow one of my children missed out being vaccinated for this. It affected her eyes most and it is interesting that  she is the only one of my 4 children to have to wear spectacles. I knew of no one of my age group who had Diphtheria which we must have been inoculated against but a neighbour  in the 1980s, who was born in the early years of the C20th in a little artisan terraced cottage across the road from where we lived recalled that she shared a bed with her 3 brothers and sisters, 2 of whom caught Diphtheria and died while she and her brother had it and survived. I remember just one case of someone who had polio and walked with a stick and had callipers on their legs. So, dear children, it is very worth it to have the childhood jabs on offer and let’s hope that, unlike me, your parents are up to date on which jabs you should have when!

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  1. Posted March 21, 2020 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    It’s always a delight to see your sampling of Fair Isle patterns.

    You’re right about the peculiar times. We are not in the most vulnerable age group, but one can still spread the wretched thing, so we are hunkered down, going out only to buy food and go on walks. Both freelance, and all previously booked work has been cancelled. So I’m doing a lot of painting!

    • Mary Addison
      Posted March 22, 2020 at 11:44 am | Permalink

      Kind of you to say you like seeing the knitting samples, Rachel. Thank you.
      Though I love going into Cheltenham, meeting people for coffee, etc., going to London, there is something very wonderful about a long uninterrupted stretch of time when you have projects on the go. Pity those with childcare commitments though.

  2. ceci
    Posted March 23, 2020 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    I can imagine how lovely this feels; I have a scarf made of Baby Cashmerino and its quite lush to wear. Like your husband I find a certain amount of lying on the back on the floor (in my case with feet up on the sofa cushions) wonderfully restorative.


    • Mary Addison
      Posted March 23, 2020 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

      Baby cashmerino washes very well too.
      Well, I admire anyone who can lie down for a limited time and get up invigorated. If I lie on the bed in the day time, I’d find it far too pleasant to get up – after a couple of hours, let alone 15 minutes.

  3. Nella
    Posted March 24, 2020 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Wise words Mary on childhood diseases. I too had a nasty experience of whooping cough as well as catching measles as a toddler. How fortunate we all are nowadays even with what’s happening right now. I love all your colour choices in your sampling; the yellow in the bottom one is very cheering.

    • Mary Addison
      Posted March 24, 2020 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Nella, it’s a very good yellow, warm and sharp but not really acidic – though it is called citrus.
      Yes, I had measles and mumps too which I fell ill with one Christmas Day so I spent with my face wrapped in a silk scarf – not very elegantly wrapped either!

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