I’ve finally finished the jumper called Drift that I’ve been knitting in Sublime’s Natural Aran yarn. The shade I chose was a new one for this Autumn called Minky – a lovely dusty pink colour.
The pattern is in the The Second Sublime Natural Aran Hand Knit Book (687) and was fairly straight forward to do as it’s basically just 2×2 rib. The cabled ribbed detail on the front had to be done by following a large chart, which I find ok as long as I have a ruler up against each row so that I read it correctly.
There were two adjustments I had to make though. The armholes weren’t big enough. When I tried it on it was just too tight, so I had to make them bigger than the pattern suggested. I also changed the neckline. The neck shaping in the pattern is such that it gets higher in the middle so felt like it was almost choking me and it was also a bit tight to get my head through and I don’t have a particularly big head! I don’t like anything tight up against my neck, so I changed the shaping completely so that was higher at the shoulders and made the neck opening larger.I’m much happier with it now and will hopefully get lots of wear out of it this winter, although it is so mild at the moment, I’m not sure it’ll ever be cold enough!
A couple of weeks ago at Knit ‘n’ Stitch I was told that I have PhDs; not doctorates but Projects half Done! This was because even though I’ve not yet finished the back of the Hellebore cardigan that I started a few weeks, I started a new knitting project. This, in addition to the 3 or 4 quilts I still need to finish, qualifies me to hold such a title apparently!
Well the thing was, we had a delivery containing all the new yarns and pattern book from Sublime Yarns during the day and I really fancied knitting a new sweater from the new Natural Aran book, using one of the new shades of Sublime Natural Aran yarn.
Being Aran weight means this jumper is going to grow so much quicker than the Hellebore cardi which is in Rowan Summerlite 4 Ply. In fact I got a good chunk done in just one session which felt very satisfying. The back is just 2×2 rib so ideal for Knit ‘n’ Stitch nights because I don’t have to concentrate too much.
I finished sewing on the buttons at lunchtime and at dinnertime was with my friends handing them this sweater for their 4 month old little boy. Talk about cutting it fine! But I got it done and they really liked it, particularly the way you can unbutton it on one shoulder to make it easier to slip over baby’s head. The v-neck looks very smart too.