. . . Pattern. I am totally lovin' this new project. The Fall '07 issue of Interweave Knits came out awhile back and, as usual, there were several projects added to my "Wanna-do" list. Then the magazine went on the shelf for the time being, since I had several WIP's cluttering up the ol' knittin' bag.
Once Sierra Shell was done, and inspired by the yarn I recently picked up at the Bemidji Woolen Mill, I started researching Aran knitting patterns. Originally, my thought was to design my own sweater, mixing and matching traditional stitch patterns.
But why reinvent the wheel. After poring through numerous magazines and pattern books, I rediscovered the latest IK and ran across the Dickinson Pullover. It was so lovely and seemed so ideally suited to the new yarn that I abandoned my sketches and notes and just launched into this pattern.
My progress hasn't been without hiccups, though. I have had to drop a few stitches to correct errors a few rows down, and it has taken me awhile to work out how to count rows on two different charts without losing my place. I even had to frog back about 10 rows last night, to correct a major snafu, caused by knitting under the influence of heavy duty cold meds and failure to read the chart directions closely enough. But all in all, I am happy with the progress I've managed to make in spite of all the cold-related boo-boos.
In the past, I've not been totally enamored with knitting cables. I loved the look of classic Aran sweaters but the futzy, putzy nature of handling a cable needle drove me wild. But since I learned how to cable without the extra needle - huzzah! I'm having a blast.
Alas, every silver lining does have a cloud. This is not going to be one of those instant gratification type projects and I'm running the risk of doing a series of boring progress report posts. But, you know, when you are in love, you just gotta go with it. So if you get a little tired of hearing about my latest love affair, hang tight. I'm sure the honeymoon will end sooner or later and we'll get back to more interesting blogging.
For now, isn't she lovely? Doncha' just wanna knit along?