It’s sweater washing day here, and so, my brand new Aileas is taking it’s first real bath. But before dipping it into the wool wash, Spencer snapped a few pictures for my Ravelry page. I am in love with this sweater! I discussed the sweater on Episode 11 of the podcast in more detail and I posted some additional pics on Ravelry and Instagram–hard to remember, sometimes, where everything has been posted! I am still in need of some funky buttons . . . so if you have suggestions, please leave them in the comments 🙂
- Yarn: local IL shetland that I kettle dyed myself with acid dye; inner collar is Dream in Color SW Merino
- Pattern: Aileas by Isabell Kraemer
- Modifications: I added a Purl row so that the collar would turn more easily for the hemming. I also added a purple SW liner to the collar in pattern.
- If you make it: 1) be sure to pick up the faux cable stitches in the armpits and on the collar carefully so that the cable appears to continue seamlessly. 2) use a stretchy bind off for the front edges when you finish the button bands. I also used a 1/2 stretchy bind off for the upper collar.
Want to see a lamb being born? Feel like listening to a chorus of sheep bleats? Interested in what it’s like to be surrounded by five breeds of sheep? Wait no more! We had a blast this spring break out in CO, visiting with Jennifer Rose Guyor and the wonderful folks at Aniroonz Sheep Co.
Oh, and look at that: Spencer made a cool video to capture the day ❤ Enjoy!
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Episode 11 is here! Looking forward to chattering with you about my new Aileas sweater, a field trip to Aniroonz Sheep Co., and some lovely new acquisitions–including Aniroonz Story Based yarns: Partner and Begin. Plus, Rachel Smith’s new Ply article and a quick visit to the Loopy Ewe (in Colorado). Head over to our Ravelry Group to introduce yourselves!
A huge thank you to Jennifer Rose Guyor and Steve Irlbeck of Aniroonz Sheep Co. for their hospitality! Their latest Story Based yarns (Begin and Partner) are amazing!
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Some of you will recognize this pile of brown fluffiness as the local IL Shetland I purchased a couple of years ago. I blogged about that Starbucks meet-up/yarn exchange and the subsequent kettle dyeing experiment here. This was the resulting yarn–it’s a deep eggplant–which has been sitting in my stash for a little while now. Then, Isabell Kramer introduced her Aileas pattern and I finally knew *just* what this yarn wanted to become. Working with this yarn has been an interesting and storied experience . . .
First, and as Rachel Smith has recently discussed concerning some of her own yarn, this yarn is still a bit in the grease; as such, it’s a bit stiff to work with–particularly as I knit the sleeves of the sweater. There was not enough lanolin to interfere with the dyeing process, but it’s there; and at the end of a long knitting session, my hands certainly feel it . . . and don’t appreciate it as much as they do fresh fleecy lanolin.
Second, the yarn has a fair amount of VM in it, which is just fine by me, but I have been trying to pull each piece out as I see it–I don’t want it interfering with the longevity of the knit or the comfort of the sweater. But, there is SO MUCH that I think it will always be a little present (hehe). Let’s just say, I feel close to the sheep and their pasture.
Finally, there is a slight variegation in color due to the kettle dye process–you can see the darker black streaks in one of the hanks above. As it turns out, this lent itself to a natural–and small–variation in the otherwise deep purple, which, in the finished garment, adds a nice depth of color.
I’m working away on the next podcast now and Aileas will certainly make an appearance. And speaking of local-to-me wool, I’m off for an adventure at Aniroonz Sheep Co with my friend (and their wool manager), Jennifer Rose Guyor. I featured Jennifer’s work on the blog already: Wild Lily Artisan Fibers; I posted a video about washing one of Aniroonz’ beautiful CVM fleece; and now, a visit to the actual flock! Oh my! That will be an entirely wonderful story to share with you this weekend 🙂
Some of you may have seen this photo on my Instagram feed this past week; thanks for giving it all of your love! It’s Aileas by Isabell Kramer and I love it. At this point–really only a few days later!–my version has sleeves and a collar thanks to plenty of soccer games, waiting rooms, bridge-building competitions, airports, meetings, guild events, and Netflix. All that’s left is to find a contrast color for the inner collar, whip up the button bands and throw this puppy in the wash! I have so much to say about this project, and I will in the next podcast. For now, I’ll simply say this: I have long admired Isabell Kramer’s garments, aesthetic, and style. Now, I also admire her elegant, understated, beautifully and completely conceived patterns, as well. If you are looking for a nearly perfect pattern, look no further than Isabell’s latest.
As some of you know, last weekend I published a new knitting instructional video about lengthening your sweater. This is a great technique for fixing what ails your knitwear. So, pull out those languishing not-quite-right knits and modify them! Cut in, knit some stripes, shorten at will, and learn about all of the possibilities for your knitwear AFTER it’s come off your needles 🙂