Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Heirloom Aran!

This is going to be a really quick post, but it's big news.

What big news, you ask?


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It's done! The Heirloom Aran is now well and truly finished, blocked, and all that jazz. The blocking evened it out a lot, and the yarn, as seems to be the case with superwash, softened up a lot. The seams are less stiff, the cables I had to correct are less ragged-looking...all in all, I'm happy with it.

Two months of very dedicated knitting. Needless to say, I'm working on something a lot easier now. Pictures of that soon.

Mood: happy

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Pictureless progress

The Heirloom Aran is coming along well. I finished the front a while ago and the first sleeve tonight. This is the first time I've done saddle shoulders, and I think they'll prove interesting when it comes time to sew the thing together. Sleeve #2 is on the needles, but my enthusiasm for it is beginning to wane.

Sleeve #2 for the Red Sweater of Doom is also on the needles. I put in a call to the pattern's publisher last week for assistance with the leaf cable chart and never heard back, so I'll have to call them again at some point.

Yarn for the sweater that was supposed to be Dad's Christmas present (and is now scheduled to be a Father's Day present) is here. Yey for acrylic that's actually soft! I'd make it out of wool if not for my mom's allergies, and cotton that size would have been rather more expensive than my bank account would like to contemplate.

Have The Prestige out of the library again, and am also in possession of the new Yarn Harlot book. Hopefully the Aran will leave me some time to read both of them!

Music: Three Dog Night - Shambala
Mood: hopeful