Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Baby sweater? (cough) What baby sweater? (cough cough)

I had totally planned to have the little green aran sweater done by now. But my body had other plans. For the second time this spring, I've been taken down hard by germies. A nasty combo of laryngitis/flu has put me in bed again. I'm able to knit a bit between coughing fits, but I must have a virulent strain of brain-cooties, creating an inhospitable environment for following instructions, cause I totally fugged up the neck shaping. Big time. I don't have the fortitude to fix it yet, so I've put it aside for now.


In the meantime, I'm self-medicating with the restorative stocking-stitchness of Swank.


But I do feel the need to FEED THE BLOG. So here's a few pics of a colossal Aran sweater I knit many years ago as a wedding present for my sister's dear husband. It's Na Craga, from Alice Starmore's legendary Aran Knitting book.

nacragasunnyfront
Don't bother asking what yarn I used, what needle size etc... Please! I can't even keep track of the specs on stuff I knit last week, let alone several years ago! I do remember that it was authentic, expensive Aran wool from Ireland and the quality paid off big time. Other than a few pills here and there (it gets a lot of wear I hear) the wool still looks gorgeous.

nacragashoulder
I repatriated the sweater to display it at a local sheep shearing festival this past weekend, where my knitting guild had set up a little display. Where are my photos of the festival, the display, the sheep, the fleece, you ask? That's a really good question. I can only say in my defense that this event coincided with the start of my germ-activated brain fog, so I didn't bring my camera. Bad, bad blogger.

So can I lull you into thinking this blog is worth visiting if I show you more photos of Na Craga?
nacragavertical
nacragacloseup
nacragaforgetmenot


6 comments:








kim

said...

I'm sorry you've been ill. It's almost worse to get sick just as the weather is getting nice.

That sweater is beautiful, but I'm more interested in that fantastic pillow in the background. Are those pomegranates? I love it! Way to be sidtracked, huh?





The_Add_Knitter

said...

Such gorgeous sweaters both...et tu bouquines un peu aussi?





Nora

said...

Beautiful sweater, but we'd visit you even if there was NO knitting content :)
Get well soon. x





femiknitter

said...

I'm sorry hear that you're sick. At least you can still knit and read--you're not totally out of it!

That sweater is beautiful! I love seeing these sorts of intricate FOs. They provide lots of inspiration!





ingrid

said...

I hope you're feeling better soon! And that sweater is gorgeous. Amazing. Thanks for posting some photos of it!





Judith in Ottawa

said...

Blog? (cough) What blog? (cough, cough)