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A mysterious macro hint!

Look, I don’t want to be too damn obvious here, but I love knitting. I really do. I’m working on a new project right now and I’m so excited about it. You know when you start reading a fantastic new book, and when you’re not reading it, you’re thinking about it and wondering what the characters are going to do next? This project is like that. I can’t wait to see how it’s going to play out. It’s lit a fire to finish up a whole lot of other projects that I love, just so I can commit to it entirely.

It’s knit in pieces, and the combination of rib and cable could have been made for me. It’s so much fun, and so, so beautiful. Nothing flouncy, celtic, or too ornate: a simple symmetrical motif up the centre back and some wonderful geometric panels either side. Oooh man.

Back from sweater, redux

A rumpled personality shot

If you haven’t guessed already, this is the illustrious Urban Aran. Specifically, it’s Brooklyn Tweed’s cardigan adaptation of the Urban Aran pattern, because damn if that dude don’t know style.

Years ago I started making M a sweater: I produced a soft black sack which prompted both of us to admit that we weren’t really into it. A few years and several dozen accessories later, I realised with horror that we’ve been together over a decade and I’ve never made him a sweater. The resolution of this matter was begun within the hour, as I pointed him to three patterns and said “is this the kind of thing?” and he enthusiastically confirmed Urban Aran was the piece for him. Some lengthy review-reading later, I had selected my yarn of choice: Berroco Comfort Chunky.

Back of sweater

In all its glory so far…

I am excited about this project. The yarn is wonderful, and the pattern is going to suit M perfectly. I’m taking pains to make sure it’s all tidy and perfect — no split stitches, especially, since this is a pretty, splitty yarn — because by now, I seriously owe this guy the best.

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