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