April 26, 2004

Honeycomb Aran -- Finished

Here it is:


We were taking advantage of the briefly lovely weather — sorry, Mark, for making you squint into the sun!

I haven’t posted since Friday because after the very kind and rather overwhelming response to my cable-fixing I felt I couldn’t put up an entry until I had something respectable to talk about — and the seaming took all weekend, in the end, so I only finished the aran last night. For the sake of completeness, here it is lying flat — the details are a little easier to see:


I’m very happy with how it looks, and with my finishing job (still not perfect, but light-years better than some of my previous work). Unfortunately my joy is not unmitigated. I have been betrayed by swatches! I dutifully knit myself a swatch before starting this project, even though I’ve used the yarn before and have always used needles half a millimetre larger than what’s called for; I didn’t want to take anything on faith, so I did what I was supposed to. And, lo and behold, I got the required gauge on the needles that the pattern called for! I was surprised, but I accepted the verdict and went with it.

Bad choice. Should have gone with my instinct and previous experience. The sweater’s final measurements (post-blocking, though only gentle blocking since I didn’t want to flatten the cables) are those of the smallest size; I was theoretically knitting the Large, two sizes up. I know I should have noticed this before, as I was blocking the pieces, but I didn’t measure them, I just stretched them slightly and made them even. So the result is a sweater that, especially in the arms, is much tighter than Mark prefers in his sweaters. Sigh.

We’re trying some aggressive wet-blocking, and I have hopes that we can yet make this work, but it somewhat spoils my happiness at finishing such a long project, especially if it doesn’t end up being what Mark wanted — I was making this for him, after all, and I want him to enjoy wearing it. Next time I’ll measure obsessively and go with my instincts about needle size, I guess.

Oh well, one way or the other I’m finished and can start something new — as soon as I finish the baby blanket I’m also working on, since the due date is fast approaching.

Posted by Aven at April 26, 2004 04:40 PM

Nice sweater. Wet blocking should do the trick. Don’t worry about squishing the cables, I think they’ll still be really prominent even after some agressive blocking.

Can’t wait to see what you do next.

Posted by: Steph at April 26, 2004 06:00 PM

Sweater is beautiful! Sorry about the size issues; I’m sure you’ll find a solution that will work.

Posted by: Anita at April 26, 2004 08:51 PM

The Honeycomb Aran is very beautiful, and I think it looks great on Mark.

Posted by: Paula at April 27, 2004 08:32 AM

Just beautiful, both on the model and off! I hope you’re successful in the blocking, because it really does look nice on him.

Posted by: Vicki at April 27, 2004 11:31 AM

Aven -

What’s on the tags that you sew into the sweaters?

I also think that wet blocking sounds promising. Or maybe I’m just trying to fit in.

Posted by: madhava at April 27, 2004 12:39 PM

Beautiful sweater. Hope the wet blocking helps. What pattern did you use?

Posted by: Rob at April 27, 2004 02:32 PM

Oops! Just found the pattern info on your blog. Congratulations again, it is truly lovely.

Posted by: Rob at April 27, 2004 02:34 PM

The sweater looks gorgeous! You may also want to see if steam-blocking can change the size a bit.

Posted by: Nanette at April 27, 2004 06:01 PM

Well done! Looks great regardless of the size.

Posted by: Donna at April 28, 2004 09:00 AM

I think the sweater looks wonderful! Re blocking: I prefer to wet block instead of steam, and sometimes I’ll give my cables a bit of a starch spray.

Posted by: Becky at May 3, 2004 02:48 AM

Wow! It’s great!

Posted by: Susan at May 4, 2004 12:41 AM

Hmm, seems I actually forgot that I actually had looked at these. Just as much fun the second time. But on the other hand I’m sure I never saw the cake or cables… Maybe I spipped I mean skipped a bit…

Posted by: Susan at May 13, 2004 12:31 PM