Hey y'all. Remember me?
Thank heaven this knitalong attracted good and helpful people right out of the starting gate, as I certainly have not been much of a co-host. Our numbers continue to grow, though. I think I have the full list now in the sidebar. If you're missing, do please let me know.
I decided from the outset that an Aran sweater in a month, particularly this month, was not going to happen. So, in order to learn something of the technique while being realistic about the project, I decided to do a hat composed mainly of the "fishtrap" pattern.
Like many of you, I'd never done right or left twists (or any sort of Aran knitting) before. And also like many of you, I confess Elizabeth's perhaps too-pithy directions on how to perform the right twist drove me to alternate sources of information. In my case, the Vogue Knitting Reference
(which is illustrated) was just the ticket.
As it turned out, this was my favorite knitting learning experience since last year's lace class with Nancy Bush at Stitches Midwest. I love the process of knitting lace. And I've found I love the process of knitting these twisting stitch patterns.
But there's one big difference.
I get to wear
Here it is last night. This morning on the train, I made it to the final row of the pattern. Happily, the size of the pattern has yielded a perfect hat for my head. I'll begin the decreases tonight to finish it up.Jo Sharp DK Aran, Addi Turbo US6 circular
Mind you, this hat is not going to win any prizes at a county fair. I wouldn't even give it as a gift. There are oodles of mistakes all over the place in it. But I've enjoyed the process–in fact, I may knit the hat again in a different yarn–and right and left twist are now readily at my command. I'm not afraid of them, so I suppose that's a decent accomplishment for the first month.Meanwhile, Over at Wyvern's Blog
You'll find a far more accomplished piece of work. She very kindly sent along a picture, and here it is:
You can see more at her blog
Now that my shoulder is back in business and my affairs are, in general, more in order, I look forward to being more participatory in February. Not to mention that I'm terribly excited to knit baby things. I've just had my first taste of it, and want more.
No babies of my own to knit for, mind you, but one of my coworkers just had a beautiful baby boy. Let's see how much wool I can cover him in.