my first in five

i am

not actually

sure quite how it happened

that i have designed 33 sweaters in the last 5 years and

have not managed to knit a sweater from someone else’s pattern

for myself at all.

bah (or should i say ‘baaaa’).

shearer aaron loux has just changed all that.

he sent a sweater’s worth of his naturally dark blend of wools this week.

such a rich undyed color that’s also locally raised.

this stuff is gorgeous and rustic and perfect,

in my opinion,

for a boxy v-neck cardigan.

i’m gonna make ‘criss cross’ by isabell kraemer.

so very cool.IMG_2693

i swatched, blocked, and find that i am close to her gauge.

think i will probably go up a size

just to be sure

as i have a few more stitches to the inch than she did,

but close.

and my row gauge is spot on.

just got the automated call from the town

that tomorrow’s squall

has been upgraded to blizzard.

i know i won’t have much of a head for new writing

with the house full of my kids

all amped up on a snow filled school free day,

but i bet i can cast on and

begin this sweater.

can’t wait.

‘free’ taken from 49:21 of genesis.