Saturday, March 31, 2012

January Aran Completed!

Well, it took me nearly 3 months instead of 1, but I finished Finn's January Aran late last week. I forgot how much I resist sewing up sweaters, but once I made myself sit down and do it, it went pretty quickly. As you can see, he was pretty glad to have it even though it was 70 degrees out that day.

If I were to knit it again, I would have added a couple more pearl stitches on either side for sleeve steeks, as there wasn't much wool to sew into between the twisted stitch in the center and the twisted rib cable next to it. I solved that problem by tacking into the center stitch of the cable on the back side each time I took a stitch. It came out pretty sturdy, and I think it looks great, but it did make me a little twitchy at first.

It will definitely fit him next year and the year after, but it's still perfectly wearable this year too. I suspect he'll wear it when we dance up the dawn on May Day.

Next item from the Almanac: April Mystery Blanket.
I had thought I would do the months in order, but tomorrow is April 1 and I've thought about knitting this one for a while. Since the sweater took so long, I'll just pick up February and March next year. ;) I have to dig through the stash on Monday to see what I want to use. I think this will be a good carry-around project to work on during breaks and lunches at work.

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