happy new year!

One last FO of 2005:

The Urban Aran! I finished sewing in the zipper about ten minutes before midnight! Sorry the pictures are dark; it was the middle of the night afterall.

Urban Aran
Pattern: Patons “Street Smart” booklet
Yarn: Elann Highland Chunky, “Redwood”, 15 skeins
Needles: Denise US 9
Finished: December 31, 2005

Notes: I love, love, LOVE this sweater – the nice squishy yarn (which also softened a lot with a Eucalan soak), the lovely ribs and cables, the zipper! I modified the sweater into a cardi by just splitting the front piece into two, and added a three-stitch selvege to the fronts for the zipper. I also changed the collar to just 2×2 rib rather continuing the back and front cables up. The seaming was pretty easygoing, actually, even though it was a lot of seaming in reverse stockinette.

I think it just might be my new favourite sweater – easy to wear, and nice and warm!

Here you can see the great cabling on the sleeve.

The laid-out-flat shot.

Wishing you all a safe, happy, and knitterly new year!


Pattern: BPT by Rebecca Hatcher, from Knitty
Yarn: Malabrigo worsted in “Azul Profundo”, 5 skeins
Needles: Denise US 7
Finished: December 29, 2005

Yay! Finally done and it feels so good! I put in the zipper today, and it wasn’t too bad although it isn’t perfect – there’s a bit of a ripple, and sort of a point at the bottom. I think it’s fine though, and I usually wear my sweaters half done up, so you can’t really see anything wrong.
The yarn, Malabrigo, is gorgeous. Although it did have a vinegar-y smell initially, it went away with washing – and I’m no stranger to vinegar, since I use it all the time in dyeing. I alternated skeins, which was a pain but worth it – no strange pools or blobs anywhere. I know the yarn isn’t going to hold up too well, but I’ll get me a sweater shaver. It’s soooo soft and warm.

Oh, and – I obviously didn’t do the hood, as I don’t really like hoods and didn’t have enough yarn anyway. Actually, I didn’t do anything for the neck – it’s just the cast on edge! Looks fine, so that’s the way it’s staying!

I’ve got another FO, too – the blue sky bulky from my previous post has become a nice cushy scarf for me.

I used 2 skeins of brown with US 17 needles, 8 stitches in 1×1 rib. It’s long enough to wrap around twice. I probably knit and ripped this thing about 5 times, because I just couldn’t get the right combination of needles, number, and stitch pattern! However, since the yarn is so very bulky, it always worked back up in no time at all.

On the demise of the retro ribs: it just was doing it for me. I think it was a little too much work for not a lot of payoff – the pattern just wasn’t popping the way I wanted, and I hated all that ktbl and purling, really. Ah well. I’m thinking maybe the Friday Harbour socks (from Knitting on the Road) for that yarn.

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Time to get some things off the WIP list!

Goodbye, retro rib sock. Started in October and only this much done? I’m pretty sure this isn’t going to work out.

In more successful news, I’m working on the collar for the Urban Aran – I think I’ll probably finish that tonight, then block tomorrow.

And since the Retro Rib is toast, I need a plain sock to work on whenever – in Fleece Artist sock, Renaissance colourway. Aren’t the colours fabulous? I think this would’ve been a great yarn to do a pair of Jaywalker socks in, but I’m really wanting the plain sock about now.

I finally gave into my urge to buy some Blue Sky Alpaca – I bought 2 skeins of bulky in brown. Super warm scarf, here I come!