Woo Hoo!! Am I on a roll!!
Last week I finished (okay . . finally finished) Elaine’s Imagine Sweater and this week I finished Chip’s Aran Sweater.
So, without further ado, here it is!!
And a slightly sunnier version.
And here is the back.
And here it is showing the detail on the arms.
Here are the details, for the knitters in our group.
The pattern is from Sirdar’s pattern book number 276 titled Arans for Living. I bought this particular pattern book because it had patterns for aran knit sweaters for boys. Having now made one for an adult, I don’t think I would go through this much work for a kid who will grow out of it in a year. Chip will have to be buried in this one I think – or at least have it tucked in with him when he goes. Anyway, this is Design A (yeah, they are not very imaginative over at Sirdar when it comes to naming patterns) and I used the second smallest size for Chip – and he still has plenty of room in it. The pattern was written out (not charted) and easy to follow. It was actually pretty easy to memorize too, once I set my mind to doing that.
The yarn is Tahki’s Sedona in the Kiwi colorway. It is unfortunately discontinued if any of you love the look of it. It is 90% wool and 10% silk and as a result has a slightly cottony feel when working with it but, as you can see, it hangs beautifully. The look is kind of tweedy which really works out with the aran design as you have the visual interest without interference with the cable design. Vash had wanted a sweater out of this yarn to match Chip’s but we could not get enough yarn to do it. We used 16 skeins (each skein has 108 yards of worsted weight yarn) to make this sweater. I have two left so Chip may one day get a hat to match. The yarn itself is from Argentina.
I got the yarn at The Warm Ewe (Yay Warm Ewe) with Lorraine’s help in determining amounts. She got it right and told me 16 skeins. I bought the other two skeins “just in case”. I don’t always trust myself to knit to gauge.
And the most important part – Chip loves it and when he looks at it he knows his wife loves him – and that is the best part of the whole project.
An update on Elaine’s sweater – she got it on Friday and loved it. Okay, I knew she would but it was really great to hear it.
Tomorrow is a quick spinning post about Top. Then we talk black walnut hulls on Wednesday, Hawk Studio on Thursday and I have a Food on Friday blog ready, I just have not yet decided which one we are going to post so you will have to check in then. Have a great week everyone!