I knit Aidez back in August – maybe even earlier! But I only recently blocked and took pictures of it. In my defense, this was not a New England summer (or even fall) in which wearing a heavy wool sweater would have been pleasant or bearable, even for the short time it takes to photograph it. And I am certainly not a fancy photographer.
See what I mean? (Unrelated – look at my beautiful floors. I also completed those this summer. Tore up two layers of weird linoleum and tile flooring, sanded and painted. Not to brag.)
I’ve been wanting to knit this ever since I saw Cirilia’s, like a year and a half ago. I covetously watched it being photographed at the shoot, anxiously awaited the publication of the pattern…then finally knit my own version exactly one year later. So it often goes with knitting. Especially when you’re in grad school.
The downside of waiting so long to block, photograph and report on this sweater after knitting it is that I can’t remember exactly the details of my knitting process. Fortunately, there’s little to report, because I loved the pattern exactly as it was. I used the recommended yarn, Berroco Peruvia Quick, which I’d never knit with before. I have to say, I’m glad I did. A lot of people substituted Cascade Eco Wool, which I do love and have used for many projects in the past. But Peruvia Quick has an extra soft, dense feeling that I think will make me appreciate this sweater even more as the weather gets colder. And seriously weather, that can happen any time now. I don’t need 65 degree days in November.
The kind of amazing thing I have to admit is that I don’t remember whether I knit the size 32 or 36. I’m inclined to say I knit the 36? But I could be wrong. I’ll have to measure it. I do know that I used 9 skeins of the Peruvia Quick. I barely made a dent in the 9th skein though. For whatever that’s worth.
In any case, I couldn’t love this sweater more. The color is great, the fit is great. It lends itself perfectly to my “librarian wardrobe.” I’m really happy that it’s finally cooling off and I can wear this little treat.
A fine treat indeed! So glad you used the PQ, I love it so. I miss you, lady, hope you’re having a cozy fall/winter in Providence.
Peruvia Quick will definitely be a new go-to for heavier gauge projects. I still kind of want another Aidez in the oats color like yours. I still have a little residual sweater envy!
Also, all this warm weather has made for an almost overly cozy fall. I can’t stop wearing all of my wool, so I’m more or less overheating all the time!
Stumbled on your blog via Ravelry, and I just wanted to say that I love your Aidez! I finished knitting mine and even blocked it a while ago… just can’t bring myself to finish seaming it! But yours looks great!
Thank you! I’m terrible about seaming, myself. I’m really self-conscious about my finishing skills, so I feel like I put those steps off or drag them out as long as possible. I also always have that feeling that once I’m done knitting, I should be completely done with everything. So seaming is like this horrible nuisance standing between me and the sweater I want to wear. But once that part is done, this sweater is so wonderful! Good luck getting yours done – just in time for winter too!