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The blues are back...

I was head over heels excited last week when I mapped out an itinerary across Massachusetts for our trip to the Adirondacks to see my dad and neices. Now that I'm on the cusp of it all I'm mopier than heck. I hate this.

Tomorrow is supposed to be a fantabulous summer road trip/shopping extravaganza and all I have to show for it is intestinal disruption.

We are supposed to go to Webs (my first time eva!) Then we are supposed to hit the flagship Yankee Candle store in South Deerfield, where we like to stock up on xmas presents, and then take Route 2 over to the Williams College Museum of Art to see the Sarah and Gerald Murphy exhibit. I've never been out to this corner of Mass and I'm expecting it to be resplendent in it's summer garb.

Now all I need is a good mood. Until that shows up I figure I'd take this opportunity to post a picture of my best knitted work ever, an aran sweater I designed for my husband and finished knitting on January 1, 2006.

I'm particularly proud of this object because I designed the aran panel. I also improved upon the knitted directions for the centerpeice cable. The Harmony guide directions for the set of two 12 stitch cables were convoluted and unattractive. I would up doing the cable by converting each 12 stitch cable into three basic c4's. For some knitters this is all in a day's work, but for me, well it was kind of an evolutionary step forward.

The cable pattern on the left (below) is from Elsebeth Lavold's Viking Patterns for Knitting. I am totally won over by her increase stitch technique to counter the increased tension of cable stitching.

The overall sweater shape pattern was from Ann Bud's Knitter's Handy Book of Pattern. And I'd like to add that this book contains the best guide to the kitchener stitch I've found to date.


I'm very impressed with your Aran sweater. Your workmanship is beautiful! Have fun on your vacation! I hope you'll be giving us a full report on Webs when you return.