I decided to make myself a cable pullover and I was enjoying the pattern so much that I decided to make it into a dress. Also the width I was working in was a bit too wide for a sweater and a bit too narrow for a dress’s flaring skirt. So I turned that problem into a design feature by adding side godets with tapering cables, and tapering the width with decreases for waist shaping.

I still have to add an asymmetrical collar in seed stitch, and knit facings onto all the edges. But I’m in the home stretch, I think: front, back, and one sleeve finished.

It looks like it’ll use up three full pounds of Caron One Pound acrylic worsted. That stuff says “NO DYE LOT” on the label, but it’s not perfect. The yarns don’t match exactly in all lights. I’m also worried about it pilling. Although it has a nice, firm worsted feel in the hand as I’m knitting, I don’t think I’ll use this yarn again.

After days of agonizing and fruitless swatching, the beginning of a new pullover is finally on my needles!! The yarn is luxuriously soft Plymouth Superwash Merino in a sea foam colour. Mom’s orchid merino (also pictured) is waiting to be knit up just like this! A pattern is in the works!! 💕 ~ Katya

Hi there. My first entry here…

This ist my present knitting project: St. Brigid by Alice Starmore - started in January 2015.

I love this pattern but nevertheless my progress is slow because there are so many other things that distract me. 

I just finished the front after the back has been lying in my basket for some time. Now - before even casting on the first sleeve - I have second sleeve syndrome. Bad. ;-)

I remember, maybe three or four years ago I saw cable knitted socks on Pinterest and was amazed. I never thought I could actually knit something even close to it. But look at me now. My first pair of aran knitted socks!

I found this lovely hand-knit aran cardigan at Goodwill, and then immediately put it to use. I really want to knit one myself in Dunne cables, but because I’m dedicated, I want to spin the wool first so it’ll still have some lanolin. We’ll see how that goes.

Also, while wearing this with my Irish hat, I got stopped by a lady to talk about the history of aran sweaters.

A hat for a sweater

A hat for a sweater

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The #fringeandfriendsknitalong Na Craga is moving along. I feel like I have about 15 more rows of knitting before I set the body aside and start work on the sleeves. Hopefully by the weekend I’ll have started on sleeves.

I broke and knit myself a coordinating hat over the long weekend, after seeing so many Shetland Wool week Shwooks looking very cozy in their natural habitat on social media.…

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Irish Knitwear and Heritage seminar at Embassy of Ireland Residence

The Legend of the Aran Sweater Irish Knitwear and Heritage

アランセーターの伝説 現在のアイリッシュ・ニットウェアとその伝統

 9月20日、駐日アイルランド大使館のご厚意により「アランセーターの伝説 現在のアイリッシュ・ニットウェアとその伝統」に関するセミナーを、アイルランド大使公邸にて開催させていただいた。
















人口わずか200人の小さな島から作り出される製品が、日本の有名百貨店やセレクトショップで販売され、ニューヨークの百貨店BARNEYS NEW YORKのショーウィンドウを飾るまでになったのは快挙といえるのではないだろうか。それはファッションが持つ力、島の百年を超えるニッティングの文化をデザインモチーフとしたことで、この島でしか作り出すことの出来ない製品となっているからに違いない。







Done the second repeat of the central panel and 14" total. Only another 3" or so and I start decreasing for the armholes.

I’m still not entirely convinced with all of the various panels, and I’m not sure for the next one I make for myself if I’ll include these ones, but overall I’m quite pleased with it so far.

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I’m a fan of Karen Templer’s Fringe Association blog and shop–she curates and sells a beautiful selection of knitting related items and accessories with a modern, maker focused bent–and am joining her Fringe and Friends Amanda (& other fisherman sweaters and accessories…) KAL.

I’m not knitting the Amanda sweater. Instead, I selected a pattern from deep in my knitting queue that I’ve wanted for…

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