For a long time I've wanted to knit the perfect aran. An aran of great beauty, with wonderful organic cables, that would be a cosy friend for many years to come. I'd flicked passed BT Men, because it would be a load of shapeless jerseys for men - obviously.
If only I'd stuck to that assumption. I had a quick look through at the end of a coffee break, and fell head over heels for Timberline. This beautiful Silk Donegal Tweed was ordered in minutes. Unperturbed by the 24 page pattern, I started as soon as the yarn arrived. That massive swatch tells you how many needle sizes I had to try to get gauge!
This year complicated knits seem to be making sense to me. Maybe it's about reaching a level of knitting maturity, or maybe it's about having the head space for new knitting challenges. I'm just not as glued to a pattern as I used to be. I've started using patterns much more like they are guidance, and making my own way once I've got the flow of it. Perhaps it's about knowing the basic construction of a garment, so a bunch of cables thrown into the mix don't throw me off.
I've just been catching up with blog reading, and came across Jarod's spotlight on the pattern. No wonder it's infected me. Jarod wanted exactly the same sort of aran as I did. And now I can't put the damn thing down!
...but will it be ready for hibernation season!