It may be from the strangest looking of sheep, with its Roman nose, but I can’t praise this wonderful yarn too highly.
As part of my austerity stash-busting exercise I’ve just finished a sweater in Airedale Aran which I bought from Texere Yarns some time ago. Since the yarn is charcoal in colour it shows up the lustre of the yarn beautifully. And it’s so soft. The sweater may look like something suitable for school but it’s absolutely gorgeous to wear.
I used Ann Budd’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. Since I’m obsessed with tubular cast on and cast off at the moment I knitted each piece separately to the armholes and then joined all four together on a circular. Why? Because the recommended approach of joining in the round after a straight row where the stitches are swapped into 2×2 rib leaves too bigger a gap for my liking. I don’t mind straight seams, I just hate sewing in sleeves.
And the good news is that I still have another 700g of Airedale Aran, this time in indigo. A round-neck sweater on the same principles, I think. I’m even tempted to put in a bit of “Sarah Lund” motif, but maybe not. She wore about four different sweaters in the last two episodes so the red one isn’t so iconic.
I can’t stop wearing the shawlette I knitted as part of Anniken Allis’ recent Mystery KAL. It’s my own hand-dyed bluefaced leicester laceweight, and I must confess I prefer this yarn to the wonderful Fyberspates Scrumptious, even though that has so much silk content. Perhaps it just suits the time of year better.
I dyed some more of this wonderful yarn (I call it Bemuse) for my Etsy shop, but had to keep some back since I couldn’t bear to part with it!
If I’m mad enough to consider a dozen shawls in 20dozen I’m sure this will get used early next year.