Saturday, March 08, 2008

I am a leaf on the wind

There's a Ravelry group for Firefly/Serenity fans, and of course I belong to it. It's longest thread is "The real Firefly knitting challenge," a discussion about a particular Aran sweater worn by my favorite character in a couple episodes.

Ravelers KnottyLa and Maggs have done some amazing pioneering work to replicate the cables. I was dying to get started on this, especially now that the tweed pullover is done, so I grabbed yarn and needles and tried my hand at cable design.

This was some serious fun. I love cables. Mom taught me how to cross stitches for a cable before she taught me how to purl.

I've done lots of cables, but I'd never tried to replicate something from pictures, building the design stitch-by-stitch, row-by-row. I was pretty proud of myself, then Maggs put out her charts, and I realized that I'd made the cables too thin -- they should be three stitches wide instead of the two I used.

I decided it was time to jump in. I've got gauge (4 sts/in) and I've got a general idea where I'm going. So I cast-on and started the ribbing.

And because the outside looks like this today, I've got plenty of time to make some progress.

(Note: ordinarily, there would be a street in this picture).

3 comments:

Travis said...

Dude you rock! Make sure you keep Jacki up to date on how to knit this. If she won't make me a Dr. Who scarf I'll guilt her into a Wash sweater :)

And just because I know you'll love it....

SHINY

Cat said...

Totally cool. DH would love this, too. Maybe his 2009 will finally be what he originally asked for - a real Aran sweater.

fresca said...

Thanks for posting the pattern, which I found and linked to at yarmando.com. I don't knit, but am sorely tempted to learn so I can make a Jayne hat...