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Cobbley Goodness May 3, 2008

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Finally, merp’s official Cobblestone gallery:

Pattern: Cobblestone, by Jared Flood

Yarn: Beaverslide Drygoods Mulespun Worsted in “mink” (90% wool, 10% mohair) – 7 skeins

Needles: #7 circulars

Time to knit: cast on in late October 2007; took 2 months off to concentrate on the holidays; knit with some consistency until early March, when I ran out of yarn and then went to Singapore; last stitches on April 12.

…..So, let’s say 3 months of actual knitting.

This pattern is just about perfect. I always end up modifying things to fit, or to suit my style better, or just not understanding or not liking the instructions and so doing it “my way.” But here, I just did what Jared said (such a luxury), and look how perfectly it came out!

The only change I made – something others have found necessary, too – was to cast on 10 fewer stitches for the cuffs (and then do more sleeve increases). They would have been much too big at the wrists.

(If you notice a funny, leg-o-mutton poof in the sleeve in the top photo, that’s neither a problem with the knitting or the pattern. I just blocked it funny. It will disappear in the next washing.)

Gotta love the garter stitch yoke. It looks so simple – and it is, but not quite as simple as it looks. There are a lot of short rows tucked in there on the back, the wrap-and-turns made invisible by the garter stitch. It’s these short rows that make a round construction fit square shoulders. In other words, even though it looks like I just knitted round and round up the yoke, decreasing steadily, in fact, there are quite a few more rows on the back than on the front, rows that don’t actually go all the way around.

I am also in love with the yarn. Beaverslide is a small, family-run business in Montana, using older methods for processing the wool, methods that don’t involve chemicals or high heat processing (you can read more about it here). The wool is lofty and fluffy, with a little bit of the lanolin feel still in it, yet also very strong, because of the mohair. On top of all that, the prices are astonishingly low.

When I ran out of yarn, all I had to do was email Leanne directly and ask if she had any more of this dyelot, and she replied immediately (that same night, after 10pm!) that she did, and I received in just a few days.

The color is rich and interesting and looks very different in different lights:

I’m really looking forward to trying other yarns of theirs in other colors.

Overall, Cobblestone seems to be a success. A. enjoyed wearing it for the handful of days he could before it got to warm, and I expect it to last for years. Provided he doesn’t ever put it in the washing machine, in which case some ten-year-old boy will get very lucky.

As feared, knitting a man’s sweater does indeed take forever. But no effects of a curse have been felt, so I just might do this again some time.

Previous Cobblestone posts:

April 12: Completely Cobbled

February 4: Ready To Be Cobbled

January 18: Curse? What Curse?

Completely Cobbled April 12, 2008

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After nearly 5 months, it’s finally done!

Sewed up the armpits this morning.  It still needs to be blocked, so I’ll save the full blog post till that’s done. But A. wore it all day today (horribly, the weather was cold enough) and it fits perfectly.

Ready To Be Cobbled February 4, 2008

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Curse? What Curse? January 18, 2008

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(You know, the Curse.)

Here’s A’s Cobblestone a few days ago, with the boring part mostly finished. Oh, wait – the sleeves will be boring, too. By which I mean “meditative and relaxing,” of course.

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I actually cast on back in October, I think. Here it is in December:

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And it was originally a birthday gift, back in August. The wonderful, woolly yarn, in the mutable shades of brown, is Beaverslide mule-spun, worsted weight, 90% wool/10% mohair. This review convinced me I had to knit some. So far, it has not disappointed.

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Bit by bit, we get there. I’m in more of a chunk-by-chunk mood now. It’s cold, and my honey needs his handknits!

[That should be a hit single on my country album of knitting tunes.]