Thursday, April 26, 2007

Wandering Aran Fields

I LOVE this pattern!

It is designed by Norah Gaughan and featured in the book Wrap Style. I'm knitting it in the larger size and the only modification I've made so far is to knit the button bands along with the body as I go rather than knitting them separately and sewing them on. (Here's hoping there wasn't some "special reason" Ms. Gaughan spec'd it out that way...but nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? And oh, how I hate to sew.)

Here's a long shot of my progress:

The process was so much easier once I transferred the 300+ stitches from my 24" addi circs to a set of 40"s. (Geez, you think???) Close-up:

Really, it's not quite as wonky as it looks in the photo.

Also greatly assisting me in my efforts is this baby:

Yes, you there in the middle. I have been searching for just such a stubby little cable needle but wasn't sure one existed until I combed my LYS the other day. It is making swift work of those cable crosses, fer sure. The birch feels so much nicer than the metal one I was using.

That's about all that's happening on the knitting front. Kids are *still* whooping it up on school vacation, but at Nana's for today. I am *supposed* to be using this time to work, so of course here I sit, chronicling my knitting foibles and follies...


Lora said...

Can't wait to see that finished!! It has been awesome weather for spring break hasn't it!! :)

The_Add_Knitter said...

Hey, I have those same cable needles and absolutely love that one in the middle, it's so darn useful!! I am on a major cable jag right now as well, I love them so much...can't wait to see your shrug!

witchypoo said...

It's coming along very nicely! I started the Eris which has the cabled yoke and I too love those birch cable needles, the metal ones are just too slippery.

Kathy said...

I't gorgeous! What yarn have you chosen?

I am contemplating a sweater (with cables) and also trying to eliminate as much sewing as possible. I am not good at "big" projects though, so trying to resist the urge!

Will be looking forward to seeing your progress on this.....