Finally! There are photos. And here she is. My Avalonnë.
In Tolkien’s mythology Avalonnë is the port on Tol Eressëa (The Grey Havens), where the Elves first arrive into from Middle-earth.
This project took way longer than it should have. Just over 5 months. Of course, there was much else being done and knitted at the time. The pattern is out of the 2008 Knitscene (link here is to the Interweave Store), and it is the reason why I bought the mag. It’s a lovely pattern – the purl twist is not evil – it is just horrifically boring. (The hood was a month of purl twist. Ouch).
The yarn was RYC Cashsoft DK. Something normally way out of my price range, but with Cassidy’s and its fabulous Rowan sale, I couldn’t not get the yarn. And I still have just under 2 balls left. It knits to a lovely fabric with great stitch definition, and it blocks and washes very well. Looks good with a light steam too.
Mods… An extra two inches to the sleeves before starting the caps, crochet edging around the cuffs and the hood. Everything else was to spec. It really needed the extra length on the sleeves.
Wearablity. I’m extremely proud of this FO. It looks good, it drapes nicely, it fits! It’s warm without being toasty on its own, but works well under a jacket too.
And I finally appear to have set my seaming demons to rest (I hope I didn’t just jinx myself. I think I may have).
The last sweater I made for myself was a complete right-off – the yarn grew, there were some issues with the sleeves in the pattern (later on the Rav board I discovered it was a serious problem that no errata had been published for. Yet).
Would I make it again? Probably. I’d use the collar mod instead of battling through making the hood again. It really deserves some lovely yarn (marled would be the best) to make it. But I can see many, many happy years *touch wood* in this sweater.
Thanks all for your patience. There will be more show and tell when the baby stuff has arrived at its destination.
I am currently trying to knit a pair of socks in a weekend. So far, so good. 10ply wool and 4mm needles are great for that sort of thing. I’ve also rediscovered the cable twist without the cable needle. I could do it years ago, and then it slipped my mind. Thousands of purls twists brought it back to me. It’s a great thing to know. Especially for the mock-cable socks. When I can get round to doing them.
Planning a productive, long day in the library tomorrow – hope to get Envy all wrapped up and start Sedition on Sunday. Fingers crossed. There’s also the small issue of a trifling game of rugby tomorrow night. And, beat again my stilted heart – the Magpie is actually going to support the ABs.
And he now wants to learn how to knit socks. (magic loop, toe-up, naturally). He declares that he will need more addi turbo’s too. And has requisitioned my Count Sockular from me. It was either that or significant portions of the Needle Food that arrived today. It really is divine. I will be getting more sometime (but I’ll post on the yarn next).
Right, I have a heel to turn, and some notes to get in order. Enjoy the photos!