A is for Aran

A is for Aran

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And for those of you who have been watching me knit for a while, you will know all about my passion for Aran knitting! 

Vickie Back Progress

I still remember walking into a store in Walnut Creek, California and seeing my very first Fisherman Sweater and ‘petting’ it as I marveled over all the twists and turns of the cables.  I was only a young girl then and I had no money to purchase that gorgeous sweater; aside from that,  the sweater was in the Men’s Department.  But, oh how those twists and turns captivated me and right then and there I decided I would learn to knit so that someday I could knit my own fisherman sweater!

Nowadays, my Aran knitting is not confined to sweaters but has expanded to socks, hats and scarves.  My eye is drawn to a pattern with a cable twist in it long before a lace patterns catches my attention.  I suspect this will be a lifelong love affair for me.  In fact, I should probably knit up some fisherman sweaters for my man because I think men look pretty handsome in those fishermen sweaters 🙂

I have three Aran sweaters on my needles right now:  the Must Have Cardigan, St. Brigid and Vickie.  The photograph above is of Vickie, a Black Water Abbey pattern and the one below is of St. Brigid. 

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If you want to learn about the history of Aran knitting, or if you want to knit a fabulous fisherman sweater with your own needles, I highly recommend one of my favorite Alice Starmore books, Fisherman Sweaters. 

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And, if you want to participate in the 2008 ABC Along, you have until January 19th to blog about ‘A’.  More details are on Knitorious.

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8 thoughts on “A is for Aran

  1. I want to see your finished St. Brigid.(vbg) I have the same Alice Starmore book but haven’t knit from it. It’s almost enough to just look at the gorgeous sweaters.

  2. I love seeing the gorgeous Arans others knit. I would like to knit one for myself, but that would be so impractical around here. Maybe one day! You have done such beautiful work.

  3. I went to Walnut Creek to go to the Rivendell shop, we are bicycle collectors and to see their bikes live was a thrill…..I am glad I didn’t venture round too too much in case there was a knitting store….I share your love for Aran and may have to peruse that site.

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