March 11, 2006


And at only 181% of the time allotted! (oops)

Here is the finished gansey, in all its glory:


It fits Mark just fine, and I think it looks great. In fact, I’m very happy with how it turned out. I particularly enjoyed not having to sew together a single seam (not one! Not even the shoulders!). Not that I can’t do a decent job of seams, but there’s something very satisfying about just knitting and knitting until it’s a sweater.

You can’t see the pattern very well there, so I’ve played with the picture a bit — this is all wrong for colour, but it’s as clear as I could make the patterns:


I’m not sure the anchors stand out enough to be the central pattern, but I like them anyway. And I think it will be a very good souvenir of our time in New Brunswick.

And look — the gansey even got some real work done today!:


(Yes, he is taking down our Christmas lights. We have trouble letting go — also, we’re lazy. But today was so beautiful and warm that we couldn’t justify putting it off any longer.)

So that officially completes my Olympic knitting. It’s too bad I couldn’t finish it in the 2 weeks, but I’m not at all surprised… and I’m still glad to have been pushed, because I certainly finished it faster than I probably would have otherwise. Of course it’s now warm enough that there’s very little chance Mark will be able to wear it this year — but you never know. We’re in the Maritimes — freak weather is a normal occurrence, right?

I’ll leave you with an “artistic” shot of Tigger — he’s been complaining about his absence from the blog of late.


Posted by Aven at March 11, 2006 05:29 PM

Wow, that came out great! Nice looking hubby too. Thanks for that “doctored” shot, I could see the pattern but not as clearly. The anchors don’t stand out that much, at least not at first glance in the doctored shot, (because I didn’t notice them until you mentioned them) but they do look good. I’m pretty sure it’s the pic.

Aw. Artistic Tigger. Maybe you haven’t taken down the Christmas lights because you seem to be in the middle of a snowstorm. Wait for the snow to go away.

Posted by: Carrie K at March 11, 2006 05:34 PM

Aven, it’s very beautiful and it does look smashing on Mark. I dunno about taking the lights down. Are you sure that this is a timesaver for December?

Posted by: stephanie at March 11, 2006 07:35 PM

Bravo! It’s beautiful. Tigger too. ;-)

Posted by: Sachis at March 11, 2006 07:43 PM

The sweater looks great! I really like the anchors—very nautical. Mwrops to Tigger from Merc, Zeus, & Spike!

Posted by: Anita at March 11, 2006 07:47 PM

It looks amazing Aven! It is a great colour on Mark

Posted by: Dani at March 12, 2006 09:32 AM

Wow! Fabulous! The fit is great too — everything seems to fall into place perfectly. I wonder if I could do a very very very simplified version with no pattern and no seams….

Posted by: Mom at March 12, 2006 04:22 PM

Congratulations! It looks great.

Posted by: Sara at March 12, 2006 05:33 PM

Wow. It’s done! Great job!

It seems like just yesterday when I saw it in the “flesh”, well, in the wool.

Posted by: Steph VW at March 13, 2006 04:11 PM

Oh my how lovely. Great job in the design as well as the knitting. I think you deserve a gold medal. Mr Hubby looks very handsome, Tigger too.

Posted by: Paula at March 16, 2006 10:49 PM

Great sweater! And the hubby looks pleased as punch! :)
Yeah. Christmas lights. We have ours up still. Not lit, but up. Why rush into things? Honestly.
Love the artsy fartsy tigger pose!
(and I’m glad you fixed the glitch. I just thought you were absent while busy AWB! :)

Posted by: sandy at March 18, 2006 11:46 AM

Intrigued me with your sweater - knitting it without any seams. What books, etc. did you reference to find out how to do this?

Posted by: marydrew at March 19, 2006 02:58 PM