January One -- Aidez
January 07, 2012
Okay. G has the girls outside on this beautiful day. Let's do this!
The other day Ann was about to blog and she told me she was tongue tied and I said just blog the knits. I'm taking my own advice. It's not that I don't have a lot to say, it's the opposite - I'm not sure I could reign it all in or be in anyway coherent if I don't have a straight forward agenda. The perils of living with an almost 4 and 18 month old - I don't talk to many adults.
Which is a good segue to my first topic: Ravelry. I have been pretty outspoken in the past about Ravelry - I do think it had a large impact on knitblogging - and not in the best way. And I find the whole forum thing pretty scary and not at all necessary. (I was on a few infertility forums a long time ago and I don't care who you are and what you have to say those things get nasty fast.) But I have completely embraced Ravelry when it comes to pattern support. I only have to knit the sleeves on my third sweater in the past four months and they have all been relatively wonderful knits in no small part to all the notes and comments made about the sweaters on Ravelry. That searching by helpful notes? FANTASTIC. It's like having your own old fashioned knit-a-long right there at your fingertips for just about any project you can imagine. I'm sure most of you already know this, but I felt like I had to go on the record since in the past I've been kind of negative about the site. Consider me slapped on the head.
For instance, there's no way I would've knit Aidez without the help of Ravelry. And I certainly wouldn't have knit it in Quince & Company Osprey, that's for certain! Oh my god I LOVE this yarn!
It's light and soft and bulky but not too bulky and so comfortable to wear. Great colors - in fact I just ordered a ton of their Chickadee (sport weight) for a fair isle sweater I'm planning. I would make a million sweaters with this yarn if I could. While I had heard of the yarn, it was the Aidez's I saw on Ravelry that used it that convinced me to try. I'm so glad I did.
Got the yarn and swatched! I've become such a swatcher - who knew? It's easy and you get to play with the yarn and figure out how your fabric is going to feel and then you can have confidence in your numbers! WIN WIN! Again, I know, you already know this but I feel like I have to share. My gauge was pretty off but I crunched all the numbers and ended up with the 40" size which was supposed to give me the ease I wanted given what other knitters had said. I'd say I'm just shy of a 36" bust these days.
I knit the sleeves first and they went super fast. Knit the fronts, again super quick then cast on for the back. I decided immediately to change up the cables as they were written. I swapped out the Right and Left Cross-Cables, which I found to be really loosey goosey, for the Ear of Corn cable. Also, I felt like this substitution gave the back a symmetry with the fronts since as written there are no matching cables on the fronts and the back.
The sweater all came together really really fast. God Bless 10.5s! (Although I don't think I could knit with them all the time. The bigger the needle the more my hands hurt after knitting awhile.) I actually got to wear the sweater to Rhinebeck! A Rhinebeck sweater! Can't remember the last time that happened.
As much as I loved knitting this sweater, loved the yarn and have honestly become a little bit obsessed with it (ask Ann!), I feel like the pattern is inherently flawed. One of the things that disappoints me about this sweater is that the sizing is WAY off. If you look through Ravelry and if happened to see the many Aidezs I saw at Rhinebeck - and I talked to a few knitters about this - is that the sweater hangs way too far open for my tastes. Even though I added maybe 4" of ease to the sweater, it doesn't hang close over my boobs. I want the sweater to hang close over my boobs. I've come to believe that the cables pull in so much that there's no way the sweater has a chance - unless you do what many others have done and knit different size fronts than backs. For instance, if I were to knit this sweater again, I'd definitely knit at least the 44" fronts and the 40" back. That's kind of ridiculous isn't it?
I would love to knit this again, in the Osprey. I absolutely LOVE the idea of the construction of this sweater. The fact that you knit the buttonbands as you go and then extend them beyond the fronts to create the collar is fantastic! I love the look of the sweater - if it closed a bit more. And I really like the combination of sweater and yarn. When and if I knit it again I will be swatching extensively to be sure that I have enough stitches/cables to make the thing hang closer.
All in all a satisfying project because knitting it gave me the confidence to go on to my next sweater. A sweater that is possibly the best thing I've ever knit. I'll tell you about it next time! Thanks for reading!
PS - don't you just love my model?! She was a gift to me from Ann and she's just about my measurements. A very happy coincidence and I love her.