Today the lovely Princess Charlotte turned two (Happy Birthday!), and they released this photo of the little Princess wearing a John Lewis cardigan. Needless to say the cardigan sold out very quickly - a beautiful soft banana-coloured creation, with a classic fairisle yoke featuring blue sheep.
The infamous cardigan is available from savvy shoppers on eBay, and John Lewis are set to re-stock the infamous cardigan.
However, I would like to offer an alternative buying experience! Why not support a small business, and request a Burgess at Home custom order for an inspired yet unique cardigan?
Disclaimer: I cannot make an exact replica of the John Lewis cardigan due to copyright.
Check out this lovely picture of my customer's daughter in her Narnia cardigan!
Recently, I knitted a Lucy Pevensie Cardigan for a custom order, and decided it was a good time to stock up on the mustard coloured yarn. I had four balls left, so while I was waiting for the new stock to arrive, I started knitting the cardigan with the yarn I already had.
The cardigan has a moss stitch yoke, a beautiful textured stitch which is good to knit by hand. when I was hand knitting the back yoke one evening, I started one of the newly arrived balls of yarn, only to discover the next day that there was an obvious difference in shade! I hadn't noticed until I saw it in the daylight. the new yarn was a slightly darker shade, too different to the original shade to get away with, or use for another part of the cardigan.
The moral of this story is a simple one: always order the amount of yarn you need in one go, plus some extra just in case you need it.
Sometimes, the same yarn in the same colour/shade can come out slightly different. Yarn manufacturers dye their yarn in big batches, and each batch is given a unique code called the "dye lot". Even when it's experts and they are using an exact dye recipe, due to the natural qualities of wool, and because there are so many variables in the dye process, it is almost impossible that any two dye lots will turn out the exact same colour.
This is a problem I had rarely encountered before, because most of the time the shade variation is so minimal you can hardly see it. it's just those unlucky occasions where it does matter, and then you're kicking yourself for not ordering more yarn in the first place!
Fortunately, I had just enough of the original yarn to complete the cardigan. Nevertheless, I will definitely use this anecdote as an excuse to buy large quantities of yarn!
This is the second time I have knitted this cardigan - a replica of the one worn by the character Lucy Pevensie in the Film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, when she goes through the wardrobe for the first time. It's a beautiful piece: mustard yellow, with gathered sleeves and moss stitch, and a row of argyle flowers down each front.
This one was for an older child, so the flowers are more spaced out than the last time. Admittedly there is more detail in the original cardigan; I have simplified it, but I feel it captures the essence of the original.
The good news is that the Lucy Pevensie cardigan is now available as a made-to-order item in the Etsy shop!
Last week I completed an lovely custom order through my Etsy shop!
The request was for a cardigan to match the one worn by Lucy Pevensie in the film of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. This was for a costume for World Book Day, where children are invited to to go school dressed up as their favourite book characters. How exciting!
A beautiful 1940s style piece, this cardigan has a real heirloom feel to it.
Pretty details such as the moss stitch on the shoulders, and the argyle flowers (added using the Swiss darning technique) make it a charming cardigan for a young girl, as well as being perfect for the costume.
I thoroughly enjoyed making this, and it was very kind of the customer to send me a photo of her daughter in full costume!
Head over to the Burgess at Home Etsy Shop to make your own custom request, or choose from my ready-made designs.
It was wonderful to get back in touch with an old friend, who requested a cardigan for her son's birthday.
To make it even more special, I embroidered his name on the back. He loved it! Apparently he didn't want to take it off. I am so pleased!
I was commissioned to make three cardigans for a friend's grandchildren for Christmas, and I am thrilled with how they came out.
They have stripey bodies with plain sleeves, and the names embroidered on the back.
What makes them great for kids is that the colours can be chosen to suit the recipient, so for these siblings they could be matching, whilst keeping their individuality!
I am hoping to make more of these as I like them so much, to start selling on my Etsy shop.
The most important thing in my life is my relationship with the God who made me and loves me!