Olive Juice

I knitted seven cardigans last year. I think that may be a personal record. They were all little of course, and I must admit I’m a bit addicted to the little cardigan. They’re quick, they’re cute and there’s just something about a little person buttoned into a knitted thing. It says “love”. There was a time very recently that I shed tears for my hand knitted cardigans, and folded them lovingly into vacuum-sealed bags, believing they’d get no wear in Brisbane. I started researching cotton yarns, resigning myself to the limitations of knitting with cotton. Then came one particular morning last week when we all woke up freezing. That’s what I’d forgotten about Australia, the weather might be mild, but it follows you into the house. Out came all the little cardigans. Love.

One of the little cardigans I knitted last year was this one.

So far, it has won me 197 hearts and 16 new friends on Ravelry. I modelled it on something straight from the catalogue of Olive Juice Kids, making up the pattern as I went.

I used Rowan Purelife Organic Wool in Alder Buckthorn. It’s processed entirely without chemicals. I recall finding a prickle in it. It’s lovely stuff.

And what’s on the needles now? Another little cardigan, of course. This time in a wool/cotton blend. Just in time for “winter”.

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5 Responses to “Olive Juice”


  1. 1 Ronelle May 9, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Beautiful! You are so clever x

  2. 2 Anna May 9, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    You are freakishly talented beautiful girl! L.O.V.E your work 😉 oh, and cute kids too, good job 😉 xxx

  3. 3 margareteaudrey May 13, 2012 at 11:05 am

    I love all the cardies you made.
    Good, that the little ones have the oppurtunity to wear them again 😀

  4. 4 Gerri Frederiksen May 18, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Beautifully knitted, Ally.
    You are talented, just like your Mum!
    Love Gerri..xx

  5. 5 kimlovesjozi June 3, 2012 at 12:35 am

    I remember you bemoaning knitting with cotton. Surely some lightweight wool would be okay? And you’re right about the cold following us into the house. It was the same in Joburg – freezing indoors! My friends from the northern hemisphere always complained about the poor heating.


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