Wednesday, August 24, 2011
A Knitting Frenzy
I've been knitting since I was 19, when I got roped into a knitting class by a friend who later dropped out. It was one of those funky, chic yarn shops in San Francisco that has long since come and gone. I hate to say how many years ago that was (or even think it!), but let's just say, I have quite a bit of knitting experience.
Knitting was my first passionate hobby, and while I've had some slack years, I've always been loyal. Lately, I've had a bit of a knitting binge; I've already finished up two sweaters this summer, and I'm about to finish another (all for myself of course. Knitting is the most fun for a truly grateful recipient. And I am TRULY grateful!) However, I am swatching to make this for Mister. I made it many years ago for my dad's 60th birthday (he's in his mid-70's now), and despite its intricate look, it is actually a very easy Aran to knit.
For myself, I just had a weak moment and ordered yarn to make a sweater with the unusual name of Eala Bhan (wish I knew what that meant! Need to research.) It is a shaped Aran that I just love. Only mine will be red....I love the orchid version shown here, but completed a similar sweater in a darker purple, and it would just be too much of a good thing. I love red, though, and have never knit a red sweater before. The yarn is manufactured by the gal who designed the sweater; she makes lovely yarn with lots of subtle color interplay--it's never just straight red or purple. Really pretty close-up! It is winging its way from Scotland as we speak, so I'll have to content myself w/ the scads and oodles of yarn I have right here in my own little house. I have some lovely pinky/plum silk waiting to be a short-sleeved cardi, so that's in the queue, too!
I told you it was a frenzy!!!
Posted by Suz at 8:00 AM