I spent 18 months working on this sweater, and you would know, I finished it right as we hit our usual +100 summer weather. Oh well. December will get here eventually. In the meantime, enjoy some indoor photographs.
This pattern is called “Eala Bhan” and was published in the reprint of Alice Starmore’s Aran Knitting. I used the suggested yarn, Hebridean 2 Ply, which is sold by Ms. Starmore’s yarn company, Virtual Yarns.
One criticism I’ve heard from other knitters about this pattern is that the sleeves are very long. Now, I have long arms; I am 5’7″ tall, but my “wingspan” is 6’1″ so I tend to have trouble finding clothing with sleeves that are long enough. I was very happy to not have to adjust the pattern and have the sleeves come out right at my wrists.
In other news, we have a new addition to our household! Earlier this month, I took our two backyard cats in to the Austin Humane Society be spayed. Now, AHS does a trap-neuter-release program for outdoor/feral/stray cats, and afterwards the cat needs to stay inside for 24 hours while the anesthesia wears off. Everybody who knows me well knows that I am horribly allergic to cats.
When we took in our first cat, Sweetie, I doped up on allergy meds prior to trapping her. From inside the covered trap the night before her spay, she set off my allergies within an hour. The day after her spay was a long one for both of us. She was wild to get back outside and I was sick and miserable, so we were both glad to see her return to the great outdoors.
I took the second cat, Matilda, in for her spay a week later. Matilda has always been very social and tame, so instead of trapping her the night before, I picked her up and carried her into the house. (Watching Sweetie scratch her face up trying to escape her trap was traumatic for everyone.) Surprisingly, my allergies didn’t bother me at all. I had the same non-reaction when we brought her back from AHS the next day. Matilda seemed happy to be inside. She curled up on the couch next to me and purred all day while I knit. So it was decided that we would see how my allergies did if she stayed inside over the weekend. That turned into a week. Now it’s been 3 weeks and we’re both doing fine.