Out With the Old, In With the New

It’s over. Done. Finally finished! After three long months my Aidez cardigan is all seamed up. It’s even been out and about! Overall I’m quite pleased with it. I only wish that it had pockets!
Aidez Front

Aidez Back

Since I’ve finished up two of the three projects I had on the go I figured it was high time to start something new. I had some variegated green sock yarn that I wanted to use and I also wanted to try a pattern from Cookie A’s Knit.Sock.Love. As a result
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The pattern is Pointelle and so far I love it. It definitely demands your attention, but it’s so addicting to knit. Seems to be knitting up quite quickly as well. Stay tuned for updates.

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A Cozy Pair for a Rainy Day

It’s been a while (two weeks I’ve been informed) since I’ve shared any knitting adventures. Part of the absence was due to my hectic schedule. I’m happy to say, that I’m officially finished my Master’s degree. Just waiting on marks to confirm that I am indeed a Master of Information! (Not that I have any worries, but it seems in poor taste to be flaunting around a title that hasn’t quite been confirmed yet).

In the mean time it seems as though I’m busier than ever with short term job that I’m doing. No complaints, but that, coupled with the beautiful biking weather, has meant that knitting has taken a hit. However, I did manage to finish my ZigZag socks.

So cozy
Despite the fact they are definitely a winter sock (stranded with alpaca = warm and cozy), I LOVE them. I wish I had more. I wish I had a pair in every colour I can think. That’s how much I love them. They were a treat to knit. I never got the dreaded “are these never going to end” feeling. In truth I’m a little sad that I’m finished knitting them they were that fun!

I wasn’t a huge fan of the Alpaca Sox yarn. It split very easily, and my affinity for very pointy needles wasn’t a very good combination. Other than that I couldn’t be happier!

In other knitting news, I’ve finally cast on the second sleeve of my Aidez sweater. It’s been neglected for far too long, but I’m committed to finishing it up. The 3″ ribbed cuff was really holding me back, but now that I’ve finished it, should be smooth sailing from here on out!

Aidez-Moi! I’m Smitten

Since I FINALLY finished up Baudelaire (okay to be fair I still have to find some dashing buttons, but cut me some slack). I needed to find another sweater to grace my needles. No problem, I had just the one in mind. In fact, it was love at first sight. Cirilia Rose’s Aidez , No surprise as I’ve mentioned it before. So far in my meagre knitting career I’ve only experienced the overwhelming urge to knit a sweater twice. It just so happens that both sweaters are designed by the same person…what are the chances?

Aidez how do I love thee? Let me count the ways

  1. You look so drapey and comfortable
  2. Everyone loves a good cable
  3. You knit up quickly because of your bulk
  4. And yet, you don’t appear to be bulky

I’ve made a little progress on the back already.

Aidez

Aidez detail
Detail of the back Trellis pattern

I wish I was knitting it right now. The going is pretty quick thanks to the bulky weight yarn. I couldn’t shell out for the recommended Berroco Peruvian Quick. Instead I used KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Bulky. It’s a no-nonsense Peruvian Highland wool. The colour, porcini, is not what I had expected. But I guess that’s what you get ordering online. To be fair, it was only the image that wasn’t true to colour. The actual description describes exactly (very uncanny how they managed to do it) the actual colour. I also should have read the description prior to selecting it. All in all I like the colour, it’s a warm neutral, a beige-like colour, akin to a mushroom cap if you will.

Now I just need to wind a few hanks so I can get back to it : )

Procrastination and Sweaters

Instead of finishing my stats readings or further wracking my brain as to why I can’t formulate a SQL query to produce the results that I’m looking for, I’ve decided to do a blog post. After all, I’m long overdue to write one and it seems a more interesting alternative for both me and you.

I’ve finished one of the On-Hold Socks, for better or for worse. It’s a little too long in the foot and because of my extreme excitement to be almost done my first toe-up sock, a little short in the ankle. These are both things I can live with. I’m of the belief, live and learn. I’m not quite at the point in my knitting where I see it worthwhile (in something this small) to frog the whole thing and start over. I know someone who has bigger feet than me. Now it’s time to start the other and try to live with making the matching mistakes.

While all is well and good on the sock front, I’ve found another pattern that I really, really want to make. The pattern is Aidez from Berroco. It was presented to by in a beautiful FO posted by Knitted Bliss. It looks like a great grab and go sweater, easily worn with pretty much everything. I haven’t done cables for a while, and I think “what a great way to bring some back into my knitting, cables galore!”.

The question now becomes what to knit it with? I’m not really in the market for Peruvia Quick from Berroco. I was thinking perhaps Wool of the Andes Bulky from KnitPicks, or Cascade Ecological but am a little concerned about the weight difference. Will a sub of Bulky for Super Bulky make that much of a difference? Both have been used, the latter more frequently.

Something to ponder.