Pattern: Aidez by Cirilia Rose
Yarn: approx. 950 yards of Berroco Peruvia Quick (100% Peruvian Highland Wool) in “Saddle Brown”
Needles: US 10½ / 6.5 mm
Started knitting: January 20, 2011
Finished knitting: February 14, 2011
Seamed: February 20, 2011
Notes & Modifications: see Ravelry
This sweater was so much fun to knit! Because of the super bulky yarn, it knit up fairly quickly. The cables (on the back, fronts, and arms) kept it interesting without making it too challenging. The only real modifications I made to the pattern were fixing the trellis cables on the back (so they’re all overy-undery) and knitting the sleeves in the round (so I wouldn’t have to seam them shut). The instructions were clear and easy to follow. The only thing I would have liked to be different is explicit instructions for shaping the right front piece. (The designer expects me to write my own instructions for that part. It’s not rocket science but it would have been nice to just have it written out.)
The day after I seamed all five pieces (1 back, 2 fronts, 2 sleeves) together, I wore the sweater to work. I couldn’t help but show off to some folks who oohed and aahed over it. It’s pretty awe-worthy, I must admit. And I love it when I get compliments on it! I then get to tell them that I made the sweater. It’s a pretty fantastic feeling.
Next project to go on my needles? Treads, a fingerless glove pattern, for a coworker. I’ve finished one glove and I’ve started on the second. I’ve never knit gloves before (fingerless or not). I have 1 mitten that I made last month for another coworker. It’s kinda similar but slightly different. If it weren’t for all those pesky double-pointed needles, I would take this project on the subway with me and finish it on my commute but I hate fiddling with suicidal needles on a moving train packed to the brim with commuters. Ah, well. It’ll be finished soon and I hope the recipient loves them!