This morning I moved back into my newly renovated office. I have my window back! It’s 66 – 69 degrees in the office!
Life is sweet.
And because of down time while I was waiting for my stuff to be moved and the network connection to be turned on, I completed my first Bart & Louise sock.
I really really really like how this sock yarn knits up. Really.
And I started the second one.
This is your tax dollars at work. Me, knitting on the job. But seriously, there was not too much down time. Things went very smoothly, I must say. (Sorry, had an Ed Grimley moment there).
I sucked up to the movers so they were extremely nice and helpful to me. They stopped by several times while I was unpacking to see if they help me. (The baby lawyers started referring to them as “Wendy’s entourage.” Heh.) When I unpacked my pictures of Lucy, two of them stopped to exclaim over her beauty. Clearly, they are good people.
On to more important things . . .
How would you rate the difficulty level of Cromarty compared to other AS Arans? I’ve had the pattern earmarked for several months to try as my first Aran (but not my first cabling), and I hope I’m not biting off more than I can chew.
I would consider it one of the more difficult arans, because of the Celtic knot cables. There are instances in these cables where you have to make three stitches out of one, and it can be tricky to do this neatly. The center cable has a repeat of 40 rows, so it’s not something that can be easily memorized. Also, because the sweater is knit from DK weight yarn rather than worsted or aran weight, like most of her cabled designs, it’ll be a time-consuming knit.
I know that you spin, too.
What would you do if you wanted to SPIN the yarn for Cromarty or another Aran?
Type of wool?
Style of spinning?
I spin, but I’m not that experienced. I have quite a bit of roving – I have a moorit merino/alpaca blend that I’d love to spin. Would that work for an Aran sweater?
Denise, you are giving me far more credit for experience in spinning than I deserve. I wouldn’t attempt to spin yarn for Cromarty because I don’t think that anything I spun would be good enough. I think an aran looks best in a smooth uniform yarn, and my spinning is not even enough for me to want to attempt it.
Any expert spinners out there want to answer Denise’s questions?
All this talk about Koigu Kersti makes me really want to try it. I am a fairly novice knitter though and have not done any cables yet. Wendy, I know you have a pattern in your book for a sweater knitted with Kersti, but do you know of any other sweater patterns or books that are simple and meant to be knit with Kersti? I don’t need anymore scarves, shawls, hats or socks–I’d really like to knit a sweater out of Koigu Kersti. I read Maie Landra’s book and am a bit intimidated by the modular knitting patterns–most of which are too advanced for my skill level. I was looking for something more simple. Anyone have any ideas?
You can use Kersti for a sweater that calls for DK weight yarn. If you use a variegated Kersti, you wouldn’t want a design with a lot of texture, though, because the variegation would obscure it. Anyone have any patterns they’ve knitted from Kersti that they love?
This just in:
Lucy still loves her Cozy Cushion!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna take some naproxen and lie down. Moving day is so taxing!