Hurrah! I have finally, 100% finished something.
I'd been looking for something to make from A Stitch in Time for a while but felt daunted by the complicated look of the patterns (I think a symbol for level of difficulty would be useful in all craft books). After consultation with my favourite knitting guru, Katie of My Vintage Dresser fame, I decided on "Made So Quickly," an update of an item from Woman's Weekly, September 1936 and described as "a pet of a jumper in easy knitting."
It was a fairly simple pattern, though I did have some problems with gauge, only lengthwise though....it seems I'm a long knitter! But usefully, this book has pattern diagrams showing the measurements and so I used these rather than sticking to the listed number of pattern rows.
I used a true red cotton DK yarn from Debbie Bliss which I won for a song on eBay and was, contrary to reports online, not splitty at all. This was my first time knitting in cotton yarn and it did take me a while to get used to its lack of stretch, but as it was a good quality yarn I quickly got over that and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Here is the original pic from the book, and here is my little red number. The pics aren't great. My camera is worse than the darn phone. Grrr!
I'm feeling rather proud of myself. In fact I shall have a glass of wine to celebrate. Red wine. :-)