Comments: ARAN

But---but--the beret is so JAUNTY!!

You know,those patterns were varied,clan by clan,
so that when the fishermen wearing them fell over
board and washed up on shore they could be identified...

You could make up your own crazy pattern for
"Clan Grok " --we'd be none the wiser

Posted by MaryIndiana at December 30, 2008 07:34 AM

So you've accepted the ultimate challenge at last!

It sucks.

But it will rock when you're done.

I have wanted an Aran sweater for a long time, so I started making one.

And when the rest of us want something, we just buy it. :) Oh, you "crafty" folk!

But---but--the beret is so JAUNTY!!

I agree with Mary. Be like us lazy people. Buy a beret and paddle - and pose!

How did you find the pattern?

You could make up your own crazy pattern for "Clan Grok"

Maybe you could do that after you're done with this first sweater. Gulchwear could be your next project.

Posted by Amritas at December 30, 2008 07:52 AM

I totally think the paddle adds that little bit of, I don't know, firmness to the look.

Posted by airforcewife at December 30, 2008 10:08 AM

I made a sweater of what looks like the same pattern for my husband many years ago. He loved it, but I really didn't knit much after that. Hard, very hard, but in those days I had more spirit to try something like that. I think it wound up in the dog's bed after quite a few years.

Posted by Ruth H at December 30, 2008 02:50 PM

I found your blog a couple of weeks ago and love it!

I must be a weirdo, but I love aran knitting--it's intarsia that drives me mad. The beauty of aran is that it's repetitious, so once you figure out where the pattern is going, you won't have to hover over your book. Good luck with it!

Please keep up with the groking/blogging, I've added you to my daily reading list!

Posted by Valarie at December 30, 2008 07:46 PM