The Ultimate Trade

Now that my summer is over and the weather has cooled down (marginally), I finally have some time to sit down with my knitting and make some real progress. The first order of business, not to finish up all the other projects I have on the go, but to start a new one! This is reasonable right? Actually I have good reason to be starting something new this time. As I was knitting my Aidez Cardigan a friend of mine suggested a trade: “One beautiful knit sweater, for one beautiful lap quilt.” How could I resist!

After several talks back and forth we found a pattern that pleased both of us. It’s simple, yet cozy. The pattern is Nimbus, from Berroco. (Funny that it’s by the same designers and calls for the same yarn as the Aidez Cardigan.) I wasn’t able to get the recommended yarn Berroco Peruvia Quick, but I knew I didn’t want to use the KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Bulky this time either. Instead I chose Loops and Threads, Cozy Wool in Granite. It’s a wooly/nylon blend that is super cozy and will hopefully avoid pilling and stand up to wear.

The progress so far.
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As of now the back piece is finished. I’ve added 6 inches of length to the body to take it from cropped to waist length.

Stay tuned for updates. This one should go pretty quick. (That is if I don’t get distracted by any other projects….)

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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.

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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.