Kathleen and Vicki hit the nail on the head. It was the old guard article with the pic of Alice wearing her very own St Brigid that did me in. The moment I turned the page and saw that it was all over. I even picked a shade similar to hers.
I find it interesting that my St Brigid KAL buddies were the only ones to note that Alice was wearing St Brigid in the pic. Once that sweater is in your blood it’s there for good. I’ve considered knitting it several times a year and have cast on for it no less than 4 times — you can see 2 shades of green here in December 05, natural in December 04, and dark gray in August 04. I also remember a purple/black shade of Cascade 220 called Rainier Heather, but it doesn’t look like I blogged about it.
So in this case 6th time is a charm because I am 100% sold on this color.
stop laughing Christy i’m serious here
It’s no surprise either, given that it very closely matches one of my all-time favorite sweaters.
So are you curious who won?
Six of you guessed St Brigid out of 45 votes, and….
Congratulations Kathleen! It seems fitting that you won since you’re a big part of the reason I started and have continued to be obsessed with this sweater for so long.
What did Kathleen win? Well, I’m not sure yet. We’re in talks now
St Brigid in 10 weeks?
Yeah, it’ll be tight. And, just like you’d expect, I have a few mods planned.
Firstly, I’m going to adjust the sleeves. I’m not sure yet if I’m going to do a modified drop sleeve or a set-in sleeve. I hadn’t considered a set-in sleeve for an aran, but the Phildar Hoodie has set-in sleeves and it looks pretty good.
I’m also planning to adjust the neckline. While I love the look, a round neck is not a good shape for me. I’m considering a hood but I need to give some more thought to how the transition from front cables to hood can work.
Here’s my rough schedule in order to stay finish on time:
- back: 2 weeks through Aug 26th
- front: 2 weeks through Sept 9th
- sleeve 1: 1.5 weeks through Sept 19th
- sleeve 2: 1.5 weeks through Sept 30th
- hood: 1 week through Oct 7th
- finishing: 1 week through Oct 14th
That takes up every weekend from now through Rhinebeck. I probably don’t need 2 weeks total for the hood and finishing, but a little slack in a schedule is always a good thing.
For you, my dear readers, this may not be very exciting. This leaves very little room for me to knit anything other than St Brigid. This also means that my festival stash won’t get any smaller.
But, if I can walk around Rhinebeck wearing St Brigid, I’ll be just fine with that.
just in case you’re thinking of warning me about indian summer and how Rhinebeck was really warm 2 years ago — i don’t care. it’s not that i’m denying that it can happen, but Rhinebeck is all about celebrating fall knitting to me. if it’s too warm to wear a sweater like St Brigid then i’ll walk around in a tshirt, with my st brigid tied around my waist i’m sure 😉