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.

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. ;-)

Finished at last!

Orkney Lace Throw. Well it’s only taken me since December 2012 to do this project! The squares knit up pretty quickly it was just the edging that took me so long. I eventually ditched the knitted edging - i’m such a slow knitter. About a week ago I decided to frog the one edge that i’d almost finished and crochet the edging instead - and ta dah! it’s done!

The pattern was a Christmas 2012 giveaway by the fabulous Liz Lovick of Northern Lace in Orkney for members of her Ravelry group Northern Lace.

I used Kilcarra Aran Tweed from Ireland which i’d bought on eBay.

Must say i’m thrilled to bits with it now it’s done and it will be my constant companion, keeping me warm during the long, dark Hebridean winter nights while I crochet (and the way it’s going this year during the summer evenings too!).

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

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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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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Book Review: Michael Pearson’s Traditional Knitting New & Expanded Edition

Fascinating, factual, informative, current and historical information related to Gansey, Fair Isle and Aran knitting fills the pages of this book. With over fifty years of knitting so far under my belt I have learned a GREAT deal that I did not know before. Original knitting guild members were male, knitting became a way to augment income, women were able to knit a sweater much faster than I am able to, special devices I had never heard of were used by knitters to facilitate the process, people carried their knitting with them almost everywhere, Gansey sweaters have purl stitches that form patterns while Aran sweaters use knit stitches to do so instead, gussets were made under the arms, reworking sweaters was easier using the methods and patterns described in this book…I could go on but I have to say that this is one very intriguing book and I am thankful to Net Galley and Dover Publications for the opportunity to read and review this book.


Five Stars

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。







Aran Knitting Is Simple But Certainly Doesn't Appear Like It

Get to Know Aran Knitting
By using various basic stitches and needle techniques, aran knitting is a form of knitting where you use one solid color of yarn and essentially make cables and patterns. Cable knitting, or fisherman knitting, because knitting techniques were used in the past primarily