When the year is really beginning to feel its age and each day is passing by more quickly than the last, and when the nights are growing steadily longer and longer and the last of the Steam Rollers rattles and clanks away down the road to its well earned Winter rest, we look at each other and say, “Not long now before the cold weather comes.”
And it was on just such an evening, about a week ago, that Fiona told me Mrs Hare was making her a hodge podge bed, which was much warmer and more comfy than her real bed, and she had nearly finished it.
But when I mentioned this to Mrs Hare, and asked her what exactly a hodge podge bed was, she was very surprised and she said there had clearly been a misunderstanding. It was true, she said, that Fiona might have been sleeping in the wool box – perhaps even on her knitting – but it was actually the cardigan she was knitting for me (started in this post).
And she called it a hodge podge because it was cobbled together out of a jumble of things she had to hand, which, in the interests of ‘correct knitting’, really had no business whatsoever turning up in the same garment.
She used dk wool but used size 6mm needles to make it go further and she started with a chunky knit pattern (DROPS 129-9) but then decided it was a bit boring and switched to a yoke pattern from a child’s jumper (Prairie Fairy Jumper).
She knitted it bottom up, though, rather than top down.
For a fastening, she just sewed on a miscellany of black and near black buttons that she found around the house.
I’m very happy with how it has turned out. Tonight, there is a definite bite in the air and I can see myself living in my hodge podge cardy this Winter.
But, before it gets much colder, I think I had better make that hodge podge bed for Fiona :)
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