Monthly Archives: February 2010

In Which I Make No Mention of Valentine’s Day

So, I’m unexpectedly home from college for the weekend because I’m pretty sure I have lyme disease, and I’m getting tested for it.  Don’t ask how I got lyme disease because I’ve spent approximately zero hours total in the woods over the course of my life, so clearly I’m just lucky.

During this time home, I could be interpreting the meanings and symbolism of poems by metaphysical poets in my Norton anthology (word to the wise: think carefully before choosing an English major.  I happen to enjoy symbolism.  Many don’t.  You know who you are), or I could tell you about a traditional Irish aran cardigan I finished a few weeks ago!

Pattern:  I can’t find the link that I downloaded it from, but when I figure it out I’ll let you know.  It’s a tough pattern.  I think it’s so old that the style it’s written in is different from today’s standards, because there are several parts that are not very specific.  Also, there are no schematics, and the sizes are outdated, which means I got halfway through the back when I realized it was going to be far too small for an eight year old.  The result was beautiful, but I would only recommend it for experienced knitters (not that that’s me, but if I had known these details, I might not have made the sweater).

Yarn: Lion Brand Fisherman Wool.  Not my favorite, but appropriate for the sweater.

Back, a little distorted by the hanger.

I made this for my mom’s friend, who has an eight year old daughter, and she asked for a traditional Irish sweater.  I love cabling, so I jumped on the opportunity.  It was a lot of fun, but also an intense amount of work.  I would say I’m never making anything like that again, but I love cables so much that that’s not a promise I can ever make. 🙂

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