i haven’t been blogging much over the past few days as i’m furiously knitting away on arisaig. i’ve been working on it for months – since about january, i think, although i can’t even remember that far back so it could have been longer. it’s not that it’s an exceptionally hard knit; i just got a bit relaxed with the timing. i’ve been knitting it all along with the plan to wear it in paris when we go on holiday. “i’ve got ages”, i thought, and i did when i started… except now i’m going to paris the week after next & it’s still not done!!
part of the reason that it’s taking so long is my pattern modifications. i loved the deep ribbing at the waist, so much so that i wanted more of it. “wouldn’t it be a good idea”, i thought, “if there was deep ribbing at the sleeves as well? & wouldn’t it be a good idea to echo the pattern of the body on the arms, so the sleeve would be ribbed to the same depth as the waist?”. & although i’m sure it will look great when it’s done, what i failed to realise when i came up with this cunning plan was that i would have to knit this:
12 inches of ribbing. on 2.75mm needles. with sock weight yarn (cashmere sock yarn from hipknits, if anyone’s curious). on both sleeves. that’s 24 inches of ribbing. on 2.75mm needles. with sock weight yarn. sigh….
sometimes, it pays to follow the pattern.