This is the first question my mother asked me the other day, so I knew it had been a long time. Has it really been a month since my last post? I guess Typepad doesn't lie.
Did you ever finish that cardigan?
Yes, the Tweedy Aran Cardigan was finished by my set deadline, in time to accompany me on a ski trip with friends at the end of January. Just as a reminder, this one was a Norah Gaughan pattern from Interweave Knits Winter 01/02. I saw this one first on Ei's blog, almost a year ago. The yarn I used was Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Aran, in the color maize. I love this color, it's such a rich blue-green, and the photos to the left capture the true color better than any other that I've taken. I made some minor changes to the original pattern. First, I didn't start the buttonholes until I'd gotten above the bottom band of ribbing. I didn't think I'd ever actually button that last one, and I didn't like the idea of interrupting that bottom ribbing. The other very minor change was a decision not to make the collar quite as wide as called for. All in all, I'm really pleased with the finished product. It's very warm and cozy! One note for anyone who might be starting this sweater... when I was looking for the above link to IK, I noticed that there actually are some errata posted on the site for this sweater having to do with some of the cabling. Without the pattern in my hand, I can't say how much of an effect it will make on the final appearance, but it might be worth looking at beforehand. ;)
So what are you working on now?
I'm still making fish from my left over Koigu and have just about made it through my stash of odds and ends. (It's a great small project to take to work!) Next I'll start working on the solid color I have to use, and then I'll take stock and see if I need to go out and buy any more. I haven't figured out how large this baby blanket should be, so that will of course be the deciding factor. Other than that I still have the Christmas tree skirt, a sock, a new sweater, and a couple of scarves on the needles. Yes, my knitting schizophrenia is back in full force. I hope to get photos of my new projects up soon, as well as a write-up on the yarn shop I visited while I was in Aspen. For now, I'll give you a two word teaser... fur yarn. No we're not talking fun fur here...