Sunday, June 8, 2008

St. Brigid Completed At Last


It's finally finished! Yesterday I finished the seams and the affixing (not asphyxiating -- an important distinction) of the collar. Unfortunately, it will be quite a long while before it will be the right weather for a ten-pound wool sweater, but I will try to be patient.

I'm pleased with how it turned out as my first Aran (and my first Starmore design, which are notoriously complicated). There's a certain charm in the fact that it's not a contemporary or even a very flattering design. It's boxy. It does not do anything helpful for my figure -- it's just warm, which is the whole point. It's the kind of sweater I could wear on a ship, immigrating in the 1830s from Ireland. That sort of opportunity does not often present itself, but one must be prepared.


This exercise has also impressed upon me the necessity of upgrading my camera. Besides its delays and temperamental nature, the camera I currently use does not capture colour well at all! The red here is much too tomato-y (at least on my browser) and the cables don't look as delineated as they truly are. Alas. I will rectify this situation this summer.

There will be an update on Ravelry shortly with more pictures.

10 comments:

Lauren said...

Caroline! I can't believe you finished it--it's gorgeous! I can't wait for you to have an opportunity to wear it...drink coffee...be cosy..

Caroline said...

Thanks love! I love your coffee pushing -- it's such a reversal from our previous positions on beverage consumption. : )

SYLVIE said...

That is really beautiful! what a great job you've done!

Marie said...

This sweater looks stunning. I love all the cables. Almost every inch is covered in them!

Moriah said...

Wow! I'm still so scared to try cables.

Caroline said...

Oh, cables are fun -- and I can teach you how to do it without a cable needle!

SYLVIE said...

how do you do cables without a cable needle???

Caroline said...

Sylvie,

It takes a bit of practice, but you basically slip off the stitches and put them back on "out of order."

This is a great tutorial: http://media.wendyknits.net/knit/cablelesson.htm

For more complicated cables (like the five-stitch one in St. Brigid) that require knitting stitches out of order, I do use a cable needle (or more likely, a bobby pin!)

Mel said...

You are crazy.

c. grace said...

Wow. I can't wait for this baby to hit the streets of Tours.