Saturday, December 02, 2006

Irish Moss Finished!

At long last, after three months and a few days, it's finished! And just in time for the chilly weather. I finished the collar last night and wove in all the ends this morning. My goal was to get this done for Jeff by his birthday and I got it done two weeks early!

Most importantly, Jeff likes it. I was worried he would think it was too scratchy. Over a t-shirt, it is, but over a regular shirt, it works just fine. And, if I do say so, I think he looks quite handsome in it! See the Irish Moss Sweater link on the right for more pictures at Flickr.

Looking back, this is one of those projects that I got into delusionally. I had no idea what I was in for. I started with gauge problems that had to be undone -- I actually knit this sweater 1.5 times! I think I had various copies of Aran Knitting checked out from the public library almost constantly since late August.

But I learned as I went along. I learned to read the pattern rather than memorize it, and I learned to cable without a cable needle. If I was still addicted to the needle, I wouldn't have finished this for another six months. I also came to love the simple moss stitch panels on the outsides of all the pieces. I think I'd like a sweater of just moss stitch some day.

Let me know what you think! Meanwhile, I have a second sock to cast on for...


  1. It's beautiful! I'm so impressed!

  2. WOW. Wowowowowowowow!!!!!!!!!

    I am unspeakably impressed and proud of you. Way to go, boyfriend!

  3. I'm stunned, Steve. This is so gorgeous and looks like it was made by someone who has knitted for muchos anos. Sure looks like it fits great too. Please tell Jeff to stop by the Library the next time he wears it. Way to go!

  4. Wow. It is beautiful. I am so impressed. It is inspiring me to pick up my needles and get back to the aran that I abandoned almost 18 months ago when I was too tired from pregnancy to knit.
    You are an all star knitter! Jeff is so lucky! Way to go!

  5. Thanks, everyone!

    Kristina -- are you talking about the deep burgundy sweater that you were working on when Jeff and I came up for Sheep & Wool a few years ago? Then you should definitely get back to it -- I remember it was so gorgeous and I thought, "Damn, I wanna do that." So I guess inspiration is kind of a circular thing...