Tuesday, October 30, 2007

I am so happy that I finished up the Aaron's Aran sweater this weekend! That thing was really starting to drag me down for some reason. I think it looks pretty good and the arms don't seem too funny-looking:I really hope it fits!
This shows the various design elements, as well as a good representation of the color:
Pattern notes:
"Aaron's Aaron", design from ByMelissa.net
Knit in Cascade 220 in color #7815, on 4 mm needles (except for the sleeves, which I accidentally knit on the ribbing needles which I think were 3.5 mm??)

This was a rather simple design, to the point that I was actually a bit bored with it, but I still might warn absolute beginner knitters away. This is because the pattern is rather spartan, and assumes that you know the basics of sweater construction. Not a huge deal, just something to keep in mind. I really would have appreciated the inclusion of a schematic, especially given the different cables and stitch patterns involved. It's one thing if a pattern is straight stockinette and easy to calculate what the measurements should come out to. A schematic would've helped when I accidentally knit the sleeves using the smaller ribbing needles, so that I could figure out how close the sleeves were to the "correct" measurements.

At the neckline, I attempted to use the bind-off for double rib as described in the Knitter's Handbook (which I've used previously when binding off button bands), but I would really not recommend it for a collar bind-off. It does have some stretch, but not enough to allow it to go over a head. I ended up doing an extremely loose, standard chain bind-off and it seems nice and stretchy.

The only other change I would recommend would be to start with four extra stitches on the sleeve cast-on. The cuff seems a bit small to me, but I guess it will work.
In moving news, we found an apartment on Saturday and signed a lease so we are hopefully good to go. I must say, the apartment stock in Portland left a bit to be desired (at least what we saw of it), but the one we found is newly renovated and a reasonable price (and thank goodness we got it, since it was the only one we liked at all! And on short notice too). The downside? We're moving into about half the square footage than we are used to! I know we are lucky to have lived somewhere so inexpensive and roomy, but as you know junk tends to expand to fill the available space:Ack! We jettisoned as much as we could, and ended up with a decent stack of albums and books to give away, although we're still left with far too many. But some just can't be given away. For example, did you notice the Heatwave album at the front? Noted for excellent hits such as "The Groove Line", the band also had something else going for it:Matching intarsia "Heatwave" sweaters. Oh yeah. I so want to make a replica...someday. (Also love the fact that they provide each member's star sign, I guess so that you can be sure to only moon over the ones that you're astrologically balanced with.)

Have a fun rest of the week!



At October 30, 2007 10:49 PM, Blogger JustApril said...

OH it looks SO dreamy! I love it =) Glad about the apartment news - even tho you'll have to adjust to the smallness - yikes. Happy Moving!

At October 30, 2007 11:58 PM, Blogger Opal said...

Lovely sweater! It looks so cushy and soft.

Those Heatwave sweaters are too cool! I would love to see you duplicate them.

Good luck with the move!

At October 31, 2007 5:06 AM, Anonymous Jeanne said...

The sweater is beautiful - great job! Glad you found an apartment - and good luck packing up - always hard to figure out what to keep and what to get rid of!

At October 31, 2007 6:25 AM, Blogger Jana said...

That sweater is beautiful, the cables are gorgeous. I like the heatwave sweaters a lot too!

At October 31, 2007 10:48 AM, Anonymous amy said...

Congrats on finding a new apt..can't wait to come visit! sad i'm not closer, i'm sure i'd love some of those extra books and albums...on another note, have been taking a knitting class (3 sessions for beginners)--really enjoyed it and sadly it ended last nite, but have really gotten into learning a bunch of different patterns...hope to have some time with you at thanksgiving to get some pointers! congrats on the sox, i was out in denver to cheer for the rockies,but they just couldn't pull it together...had a great weekend anyway...hi to g...smiles, a

At October 31, 2007 5:07 PM, Blogger Kelly said...

hey there! okay, first things first. dude, you're moving??? That rules! We'll have to talk offline and you can tell me about hte new job / digs, etc. by the way, i love that I get to report to J about you guys all from the info on your blog. I feel so "in the know."

The sweater looks perfect! That little guy's gonna be warm this winter! (and stylish, of course)

At November 01, 2007 4:01 PM, Blogger Claudia said...

That is such a beautiful sweater!!! Your cables are so neat and beautiful!!

At November 01, 2007 5:29 PM, Blogger Brahdelt said...

The sweater looks great!
Congratulations of the apartment! We've been helping our friends to move to a new flat today so I know how hard it is to decide what to take with you and what to get rid of. But soon you'll be settled again! *^v^*

At November 02, 2007 4:57 PM, Blogger Mary, Mary... said...

The aran sweater looks perfect--only you will know the difference. LOVE the Heatwave sweatersl, lol. Good luck with the move-- about the only time we really clean up/declutter is when we move. One day at a time, lots of take-out and you'll be fine.

At November 02, 2007 4:59 PM, Anonymous Rebekah said...

Its absolutely lovely, I'm sure it'll fit.

At November 04, 2007 3:38 PM, Blogger Larjmarj said...

Nice work as usual...really impressive.
Heat wave sweater? How about one knitted with a heat sensitive yarn that changes color to warn of impending hot flashes ;-)

At November 05, 2007 5:12 AM, Anonymous Dipsy said...

Oh. My. Gosh! You know, this must be the most gorgeous sweater that I've seen for ages, and I'm not exaggerating here! Actually, this is a true piece of art - I can't believe how beautifully you've knit up the cables! After all the headaches this knit gave you, it turned out looking absolutely perfect and worth every single gray hair you got while knitting it ;)
Congratulations on a fantastic accomplishment - and also on getting a new place to live in Portland! I'm sure it was a bit of a bummer seeing that this place is so much smaller than your old one - but then again, as you said, it's newly renovated, it's got a reasonable price, so I'm sure you'll be able to fit everything inside it somehow - and you're going to love living there! All the very best to you guys!


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