That’s the start of my new project, which will grow up to be an Aran cardi.
The yarn is Rowan Scottish Tweed Aran, in the color #018 “Thatch.”
That’s a pretty good representation of the color — photo lifted from the Rowan website. I’m finding it hard to photograph — with the flash it’s too yellow, without the flash it’s too brown.
I’ve been wanting an Aran cardi that I could use as an outwear jacket for quite a while now. You know — for those days when a winter coat is too much but a raincoat is too little. And I am extremely picky about cables — none of the cardi patterns I’ve seen have made me entirely happy, so I decided to design my own.
I’ve spent the last week or so knitting up little cable swatches and putting them together into what I hope will be a pleasing, cohesive whole. We’ll see.
But for starters, there’s the ribbing. It’s a k1, p1 twisted rib — twisted on both the right and wrong side, which of course makes it a bigger pain to knit. But I love twisted ribbing, and it makes such a nice sturdy fabric. Which is what I want for my outerwear cardi.
I started out thinking of a v-neck design, but realized that for a jacket, I’d rather have a higher, round neck. So that’s what it has. And saddle sleeves. I’m thinking black leather buttons. Button selection subject to change, of course.
I’m calling the design Dungarvan. Why? Because I remember wishing for such a cardi when I visited Dungarvan.
To Frog or Not To Frog?
That is the question.
Do you frog anything you don’t like, or do you give it away, or do you just put it away? It would be a shame to not wear the jacket [the Bolero Jacket] just because the pattern sucks pond scum!
The only time I ever frog anything is if the yarn is qiviut.
It’s a good question. If I make something that looks atrocious on me, I’m more likely to give it away to someone on whom it won’t look atrocious.
But in the case of the Bolero Jacket, I’m pretty sure that once it has its zipper in, I’ll wear it. I gave it a quick try-on sans zipper, and it looked acceptable. And as I said, the yarn is so yummy!
I know it’s a revolutionary concept, but have you considered HEATING your place so that Lucy isn’t forced to seek heat from an ordinary table lamp? Wilbur the Amazing Deaf Cat is outraged on her behalf, I’ll have you know.
I’m sorry Snow, but shouldn’t you be shopping here instead of leaving outraged comments on behalf of Wilbur the Amazing Deaf Cat?
Lucy says: Spend . . . money . . . spend . . . money . . .