After completing one pattern repeat-plus of the largest cable, I am pleased to report that I quite like how this is turning out.
I always find it difficult to take decent photos of cable knitting. Here’s the best I could do for a closer look at the large cable pattern.
The yarn is fabulous. As I said yesterday, the yarn is Rowan Scottish Tweed Aran. I purchased it at Knit Happens at the end of December, specifically to use in this design, which has been swimming around in my head for a little while now.
100% wool, it is put up in 100 gram skeins, 186 yards per skein. The ball band recommends a US size 8 or 9 needle to get a gauge of 16st/23 rows to 4 inches. So it’s a true aran weight.
I, however, am knitting it at a slightly tighter gauge — 19 st/25 rows to 4 inches, using a US size 7 needle. I’m doing so because, as I mentioned yesterday, I’m planning to use this cardi as a jacket, and I wanted a nice firm fabric. And a nice firm fabric I’m getting.
Knitting this yarn at this gauge is a little hard on the hands, but so far, so good. No hand pain or nuthin’. Ask me again in a week!
Speaking of Yarn
Britta asked in the comments yesterday:
Do you think that it is worth the money to get the kits from Virtual Yarns? I looked at the colors, and they are really lovely, but I’ve heard so-so reports on the quality of the yarn. Maybe they were just fussy!
For me, it’s worth it. I’ve knitted a number of designs from Virtualyarns kits — in the 2-ply Hebridean, I’ve made Glenesk, Amphora, Flora, and Roscalie. In the 3-ply Hebridean I’ve made Inishmore, Valtos, and Graceknot. I love the yarn. It is wonderful to knit, and the garments show no sign of wear.
Okay, admittedly, they don’t get rough wear from me. But still — no pilling or nothing.
I Do Love My Toys
That’s my new pink Motorola Razr phone with the matching Bluetooth headset. We’re talking wireless, bay-bee!!!! I can leave the phone in my purse, hit the button on the headset and give it a voice command to make a call.
I am in geek heaven.
Why, yes, I did name the Razr. Care to guess the name?
Send an email to blogcontestATcomcastDOTnet by midnight EST on Saturday, February 25 with your guess for the name. One entry per person, and only entries sent to that email address will be entered in the contest.
First person who guesses correctly wins. If no one guesses the exact name, I’ll select the guess that comes closest.
I’ll send the winner pink yarn.
Four ounces of handpainted laceweight wool.
Lucy seems intrigued . . .